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
ANDEAN COLLECTION WORKS WITH
MORE THAN 60 ARTISAN PARTNERS.
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).
[MADE BY NANCY & CARLOS’
[MADE BY ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] pictured in faceted.
“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.
[MADE BY NANCY &
CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available in pacific blue (pictured), burgundy, curry, & neutral.
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:
available in natural (pictured),
aqua, lime, & sunset orange. PAIRED WITH
ACAí NECKLACES (pictured), berry & lime. AND
available in aqua & soft gray
available in lime (pictured), aqua, berry, & soft gray. ON
available in aqua & lime (pictured), berry, coral, fuchsia, natural, pacific blue, sea green, soft gray, & tangerine. PAIRED WITH
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.
BY NANCY & CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available in curry/steel, lavender/burgundy, leaf green/midnight, soft gray/papaya, & steel/ultraviolet.
OPPOSITE PAGE [MADE
(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
“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
ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] sold in pairs. OPPOSITE
[MADE BY OLGA & CESAR’S WORKSHOP]
available in steel/ivory (two pictured), berry/tangerine, burgundy/
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] .
ARMANDO’S WORKSHOP] available in convex, faceted, sloped, & stamp.
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
CHRISTIAN & VIVIANA’S ivory. See page 22 for more colors. WORKSHOP] in chocolate, AND
WORKSHOP] in steel & onyx;
BULLHORN COCKTAIL RING [MADE
top to bottom) in lavender, lime, aqua, pink grapefruit, ivory; also available in leaf green, midnight teal, onyx, & soft gray.
[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.
VIVIANA’S WORKSHOP] pictured in onyx, midnight, steel
TAGUA BRACELET &
[MADE BY CHRISTIAN available
BULLHORN COCKTAIL BY
“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.
[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
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
ALPACA HIGHLAND SHAWL [MADE
WORKSHOP] available in midnight/chocolate/ periwinkle (pictured), steel/lavender/burgundy, creme/chocolate/steel,
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
FERNANDA & CARLOS’S WORKSHOP] available
BULLHORN RING [MADE WORKSHOP]
(pictured), convex, faceted, & sloped.
INFINITY SCARF (pictured), lime,
available in quarry
TAGUA CHIP EARRINGS in
lavender, lime, midnight teal, soft gray, & teal; AND
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.