South American Craftsmanship
By The Numbers
South America is a core source of innovation and artisanship throughout our collections, while also being the roots of our Ecuadorian Co-Founder and CEO, Karla Gallardo. The first pieces in our collection were crafted by partners in Ecuador and Argentina, and today, are still enduringly essential—the Panama Hat and Travel Case Set.
Peru has also proven its elite approach to alpaca and pima—creating our treasured tees and capes, with easy summer styles to come. Ecuador remains the home of our iconic straw hats, and Argentina offers an edit of our most loved leather designs like our updated carryalls and jewelry case. To fully understand the exquisite craftsmanship that these countries embody, we’ve defined our South American craftsmanship—by the numbers.
separate craftsmen are involved in the creation of one of our new pima summer dress silhouettes. 1 craftsman to cut, 5 craftsmen to sew, 2 to add the finishing touches, and 3 to inspect the final piece to ensure it is of the utmost quality and composition.
hours of work are needed to develop one single pattern of our new draped-back dress—made by the same craftsmen who create our collection of tees. The heritage craftsmanship of Peru specializes in artisanal plant-based dyes, hand-applied embroideries and handmade knits.
years of experience differentiates our partners in Peru, who have been handcrafting beautiful knits ever since opening. Our partner in Argentina has been practicing the craft of leather making for 44 years, while the art of weaving our toquilla straw hats has been around for centuries. In 2012, this incredible skill was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
different leather pieces are cut by hand and assembled to create our coveted carryall by our partners in Argentina. The substantial thickness of the leather is 1.4mm, ensuring it is made to last. The super-soft Napa leather is sourced, tanned and crafted in the same country of origin.
are the years in which our producer in Argentina was the president of the chamber that oversees the quality craftsmanship of Argentinian leather. This is also the source of our beloved Travel Case Set which takes approximately 180 minutes to handcraft. These pieces require advanced skill to execute due to the unique curvature of their silhouette.
hours are the minimum number it takes to weave one Toquilla straw piece by hand. For more detailed hats, it can take up to 8 months. Each square inch of 1 single piece consists of between 1600 to 2500 manual weaves. Experts believe that in 15 years the last traditional Panama hat will be woven unless fashion brands shift their production values to focus on quality over manufacturing quantity.