“After spending some time in South America, I met artists in communities that were doing some fabulous work and I saw the opportunity for collaboration and an international market,” Moran said.
While creating each collection, both designers leaveChicago to work alongside the artisans. Using locally sourced materials like alpaca, a naturally hypoallergenic material, the designers mix the countries’ cultural traditions with a current design approach to keep their pieces on trend.
“As a brand, we try to celebrate traditional artists and techniques like weaving and metalsmithing, but we also help them design in a modern world,” Moran said.
The collection, which is sold in roughly 400 stores within the U.S. as well as Canada, Japan, England and Australia, recently expanded its reach to Athleta stores nationwide and will pop up in Tom’s marketplace for the holiday season. Wholesale prices start at $4 for a bracelet and $40 for scarves.
Inspiration: “Everything we do is made by the hands of our artisans living in these marginalized regions of the world,” Marczak said. “There is always a story behind every piece.”
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