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THE

BEDFORD LINE


A N DE AN CO L L EC TIO N

A R T I S A N PA R T N E R S Jose Luis

Nancy

Luzmila

Carlos

Viviana

Armando Fernanda

Carlos Christian

Olga

Mercedes

ANDEAN COLLECTION WORKS WITH

Cesar

MORE THAN 60 ARTISAN PARTNERS.


OUR

JOURNEY...

Andean Collection was founded in 2008 to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America. The inspiration for Andean Collection first took root when Founder and CEO, Amanda Judge, was conducting field research for a Masters’ thesis on poverty reduction strategies in rural South America. After analyzing the different streams of household income in the rural communities, Amanda concluded that the biggest opportunity for sustainable economic growth was in jewelry making. Not only did Ecuador have a long, rich history of handcrafting jewelry out of rainforest seeds, but there was also a global demand for well-made, one-of-a-kind pieces. The research also showed that access to the global market was crucial to reducing poverty in these areas. The project, which was initially intended to result in an academic paper, served as the business model for Andean Collection. Since 2008, Andean Collection has continued to grow and flourish. Andean Collection currently works with over 60 artisan partners across 8 fair trade workshops in Ecuador, with headquarters in Quito and New York City. Andean Collection’s New York-based design team taps into the artistic potential of the natural materials and the craftsmanship of the artisans to continuously develop bold, handcrafted, on-trend jewelry. This focus on design has grounded Andean Collection as an esteemed brand in both the mainstream and sustainable fashion industries. Andean Collection accessories can now be found in over 2,000 boutiques and major retail stores around the world, and counting. ON COVER

CARMEN CASCADE NECKLACE

WORKSHOP] available in steel/ivory (pictured).

RING

PAIRED WITH

[MADE BY NANCY & CARLOS’

BULLHORN COCKTAIL

[MADE BY ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] pictured in faceted.

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“It fills us with great pride to know that our work is appreciated throughout the world. Thank you for allowing us to make a living from our craft.” – NANCY In 2008 Nancy and Carlos ear ned $4 a day. Since partnering with Andean Collection, their wages have increased by nearly 700%. Their annual assets are currently 50% higher than the average Ecuadorian income.

GALAPAGOS NECKLACE

[MADE BY NANCY &

CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available in pacific blue (pictured), burgundy, curry, & neutral.

PAIRED WITH

RIVERBED BRACELETS

[MADE

BY CHRISTIAN & VIVIANA’S WORKSHOP] available in onyx (2), burgundy, steel (pictured), berry, burnt sugar, chocolate, incan sun, ivory, jade, lavender, leaf green, lime, midnight, nude, pink grapefruit, quarry, soft gray, sunset orange, tomato, & turquoise; AND

SOFÍA EARRINGS [MADE BY RAUL’S

WORKSHOP] available in ultraviolet (pictured), berry, burgundy, jade, lime, midnight, periwinkle, steel, & sunset orange.


SOFíA COLLECTION ... introducing soft silver accents ON LUPE:

LUPE HAT

available in natural (pictured),

aqua, lime, & sunset orange. PAIRED WITH

ACAí NECKLACES (pictured), berry & lime. AND

SOFíA

available in aqua & soft gray

SOFíA BRACELET

available in lime (pictured), aqua, berry, & soft gray. ON

WILIANA:

TROPICAL

NECKLACES

available in aqua & lime (pictured), berry, coral, fuchsia, natural, pacific blue, sea green, soft gray, & tangerine. PAIRED WITH

ACCENTED BRACELETS

available in aqua & lavender (pictured), berry, ivory, leaf green, lime, midnight teal, onyx, pink grapefruit, & soft gray. See pages 14 & 15 for additional pieces in the Sofía Collection.

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COCO

BRACELETS

[MADE

BY NANCY & CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available in curry/steel, lavender/burgundy, leaf green/midnight, soft gray/papaya, & steel/ultraviolet.

OPPOSITE PAGE [MADE

BY

WORKSHOP]

AUDREY HAT

FERNANDA available

& in

CARLOS’S oatmeal

(pictured), berry, chocolate, forest green, steel, & ultraviolet.

Andean Collection offers scholarships to Andean Collection artisans, their families and select members of the extended community. They include academic scholarships to high school, university, as well as vocational training programs.

“My mother didn’t study, and now I have the opportunity to attend school. My favorite subject is natural science. After high school I’d like to pursue a degree in botany to learn more about how plants can improve our health and the environment.” – SANDRA, ASSISTANT ARTISAN

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“As a designer and artisan, Armando, is legendary in his community, and the pride he has in his home country is an enormous source of inspiration for all of us at Andean Collection. He is a true visionary and collaborator in design.” – ANDEAN COLLECTION FOUNDER AMANDA JUDGE

BULLHORN

SKINNY

BANGLES

[MADE

BY

ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] sold in pairs. OPPOSITE

PAGE

NECKLACE

COLORBLOCK

ROPE

[MADE BY OLGA & CESAR’S WORKSHOP]

available in steel/ivory (two pictured), berry/tangerine, burgundy/

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lavender, midnight/leaf green, pacific blue/aqua, papaya/curry, periwinkle/natural, & soft gray/lime.


FLORA N EC K LA C E S tagua to layer and dazzle [MADE BY NANCY & CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available in midnight, teal (pictured), berr y, ivor y, lime, periwinkle, steel, sunset orange, & ultraviolet.

POLISHED TAGUA BRACELETS in onyx & chocolate, AND RIVERBED BRACELET in midnight [MADE BY CHRISTIAN & VIVIANA’S WORKSHOP] .

PAIRED WITH


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BULLHORN

COCKTAIL

RINGS

[MADE

BY

ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] available in convex, faceted, sloped, & stamp.

12

MINI MARIPOSA NECKLACE

[MADE BY OLGA &

CESAR’S WORKSHOP] available in midnight, jade, lime, & sunset orange (pictured at right).


MINI MARIPOSA NECKLACE [MADE BY OLGA & CESAR’S WORKSHOP] OPPOSITE PAGE BROOKLYN NECKLACE available in sunset orange. PAIRED WITH in soft gray/lime (pictured), sky blue/soft gray, & pink sugar.

CLASSIC TAGUA BRACELET PAIRED WITH RIVERBED BRACELET [MADE

pictured in

BY

CHRISTIAN & VIVIANA’S ivory. See page 22 for more colors. WORKSHOP] in chocolate, AND

RIVERBED [MADE

BY

BRACELETS

CHRISTIAN

&

VIVIANA’S

WORKSHOP] in steel & onyx;

AND

BULLHORN COCKTAIL RING [MADE

BY

ARMANDO’S

WORKSHOP]

in faceted.

ABOVE

ACCENTED BRACELETS

pictured (from

top to bottom) in lavender, lime, aqua, pink grapefruit, ivory; also available in leaf green, midnight teal, onyx, & soft gray.


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THIS PAGE

HOURGLASS EARRINGS

[MADE BY CHRISTIAN & VIVIANA’S WORKSHOP] pictured above in jade/steel; pictured at left (from top to bottom) in sunset orange/lavender, soft gray/ ultraviolet, & midnight/curry.

OPPOSITE

RIVERBED

PAGE

BRACELETS

[MADE

BY

CHRISTIAN

&

VIVIANA’S WORKSHOP] pictured in onyx, midnight, steel

PAIRED

(pictured).

TAGUA BRACELET &

VIVIANA’S

WITH

WORKSHOP]

(pictured), AND

RING

[MADE

available

in

CLASSIC

[MADE BY CHRISTIAN available

in

jade

BULLHORN COCKTAIL BY

stamp

ARMANDO’S (pictured),

WORKSHOP]

convex,

faceted,

& sloped.

“We want to continue working to increase the employment opportunities and sources of income in our town, and to involve as many people as possible with a consistency they can rely on. This is our dream.” – CHRISTIAN


BULLHORN STUD EARRINGS

[MADE BY ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] available

in light or dark, in square, teardrop, & trapezoid shapes.

OPPOSITE PAGE

GALAPAGOS NECKLACE

[MADE BY NANCY & CARLOS’S

WORKSHOP] available in neutral (pictured), burgundy, curry, & pacific blue. PAIRED WITH

SOFÍA EARRINGS [MADE BY RAUL’S WORKSHOP] available in steel (pictured), berry, BULLHORN COCKTAIL RING [MADE BY ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] pictured in convex.

burgundy, jade, lime, midnight, periwinkle, sunset orange, & ultraviolet; AND

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ALPACA INFINITY SCARF

[MADE BY JOSE LUIS & MERCEDES’S WORKSHOP] available in creme/

steel (pictured above), lavender/burgundy, midnight/periwinkle, & eggplant/chocolate.

Andean Collection provides financial assistance in the form of zero-interest loans to help artisans enhance their income from Andean Collection through workshop improvements, or to start a new family business in a different industry. Before working with Andean Collection, Jose Luis’ textile workshop was relegated to one small room in his home. He used the zero-interest loan to greatly expand his workshop and achieve a better work-life balance.

“I purchased construction materials and added doors and a roof to the workshop. I’ve also been able to purchase new looms to create more designs. Our family is happy to have a separate work space.” – JOSE LUIS

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ALPACA HIGHLAND SHAWL [MADE

BY

JOSE

LUIS

&

MERCEDES’S

WORKSHOP] available in midnight/chocolate/ periwinkle (pictured), steel/lavender/burgundy, creme/chocolate/steel,

&

eggplant/olive/

chocolate.

BULLHORN STUD EARRINGS pictured in dark trapezoid, AND TORO RING [BOTH MADE BY ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] pictured in ultraviolet.


ANDEAN COLLECTION 190 N. 14th Street, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11249 www.theandeancollection.com 718.388.3862

AUDREY

HAT

[MADE

BY

FERNANDA & CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available

in

chocolate, &

steel forest

ultraviolet.

BULLHORN RING [MADE WORKSHOP]

(pictured),

berry,

green,

oatmeal,

PAIRED

WITH

COCKTAIL BY

available

ARMANDO’S in

stamp

(pictured), convex, faceted, & sloped.

INFINITY SCARF (pictured), lime,

&

berry, sunset

available in quarry

chocolate, orange.

forest

green,

PAIRED

WITH

TAGUA CHIP EARRINGS in

sunset

orange

(pictured),

available

berry,

ivory,

lavender, lime, midnight teal, soft gray, & teal; AND

RIVERBED BRACELET

in midnight teal (more colors available); AND

POLISHED TAGUA BRACELETS in chocolate & periwinkle (more colors available).

PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLLEEN CHRZANOWSKI, www.colleenchrzanowski.com Photography by Colleen Chrzanowski, www.colleenchrzanowski.com STYLING PROVIDED BY KARA JANX, www.karajanx.com | ANITA ARZÉ, www.anitaarze.com All bathing suits styled by Everything But Water, |www.everythingbutwater.com LILLA P, www.lillap.com VAUTE COUTURE, www.vautecouture.com

Additional styling provided by Lilla P, www.lillap.com, and Anokhi.


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