Friday, September 30, 2011
Andean Collection's NYC team is heading to Ecuador in a week for a design workshop. We'll be collaborating on a fresh new spring line. Expect some awesome new looks! Here's a peak at our artisans in action...
Nancy and Cesar making the Brooklyn Necklace
Olga putting finishing touches on our Cloud Forest Choker.
Cesar, Olga and Jess at work designing our Antisana collection.
Patricia, Olga's sister smiling radiantly.
Cesar and Amanda posing for the camera.
So much more to come after our trip. Can't wait!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Andean Collection NYC team is heading to Ecuador next week and I have been busy practicing my Spanish for the trip. In an effort to sound like more of a local, I've started studying some Ecuadorian slang. I found these slang terms on the internet, so who knows! I could either sound really knowledgeable, or wind up being a laughing stock. I'll let you know how the artisans respond. Here are some of my favorites:
Tener leche- to be lucky; literally "to have milk"
Prenda el foco-to think; literally "to turn the lightbulb on"
Chapudo- red cheeks and face
Cabeza de huevo- bald; literally means "egg head"
A precio de huevo- inexpensive; literally means "the price of an egg"
Estar con la leona- hungry
Melindrosa- picky eater
Lets hope I sound "chevere".
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I was doing a little reminiscing about our last trip and thought I'd share some photos, courtesy of my iPhone.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Living in NYC has definitely shaped my views of what family is. Now that I'm so far from home and my biological family, it's become more and more evident that my little social circles are my new family. Not that one replaces the other, but you get what I mean. Today I'm spending time with my sister in law, Alex and despite the wretched weather, we're doing what sisters do best: shopping!! I might even drop by the office so she can pick out a new piece from our Antisana Line (she's a huge fan). And then later Amanda will be joining us for some later in the day fun!
Here's some pics of me and my family (chosen and otherwise):
|My brother, Alex.|
|My boo, Brandon.|
|My Amanda, Amanda.|
|Bro and Wife, Alex. Yep, Alex and Alex May.|
Oh and speaking of families, we're currently looking for some new people to join our ACNYC team: Check out our note on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-andean-collection/work-with-andean-collection/10150299602166697
Thursday, September 22, 2011
image courtesy of MS Magazine
While I relished each of those 100 minutes of his beautiful face on the big screen, I didn't anticipate how much I would enjoy the soundtrack as well. So here it is, the ACNYC Friday Mix - with highlights from Drive:
- College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero
- Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
- Chromeo - J'ai Claqué La Porte
- Portugal. The Man - The Sun
- Cut Copy - Saturdays (Reprise)
- Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
- Angus & Julia Stone - Just A Boy
- Grouplove - Naked Kids
- DESIRE / UNDER YOUR SPELL
- Cults - Go Outside
- Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait
- Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
In celebration of the arrival of fall, I am pulling out some of my favorite Andean Collection autumn looks.
#1 La Palma in Periwinkle.
Here I am wearing it at Peter Luger's Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Seriously, I am in love with this necklace and can't wait to pair it with a snuggly sweater.
#2 Infinity Scarf in Leaf Green
(For the record, this is our gorgeous model Guadalupe, sadly I don't look like her)
This is a perfect transitional piece for fall. It's great to wear under a jacket, but light enough to wear indoors.
#3 And, it's time to switch to a new Classic Tagua/Riverbed bracelet combo. I know I said I was going to continue to wear this combo. Eh, I changed my mind! Now I'm all about earth tones.
Classic Tagua in Ivory Riverbed in Burnt Sugar
Look at this beautiful table. We keep it classy! Love how Amanda color blocked the linens. And here's another burst of color; a beautiful Greek salad with fresh feta, cucumbers, olives AND tomatoes and dill straight from Amanda's patio garden. What Greek potluck would be complete without olive tapenade, tzaztiki and pita. Thanks Jess!
Perhaps all of the vibrant Mediterranean colors inspired us, because after dinner we busted out some pambil, tagua and acai beads and played around with designs.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Since then I haven’t stopped, and even have a degree in design. I am constantly experimenting and designing with felt, embroidery, paint, recycled materials and silk. I also draw and paint on canvas. For me, fashion is imagination come to life. I love my position at Andean Collection because it allows me to apply my passion for art and design to sustainable fashion. I get to create new looks, play with color, meet new people and work in a team. So here, are a few of my personal favorite Andean Collection designs:
The simplicity of the Polished Tagua Bracelets
The mod Frida Earrings
The color combination of the Quarry Infinity Scarf
And the bold structural shapes of the Honeycomb Necklace. In NYC and Ecuador we are hard at work developing new and exciting designs. Can't wait to work on the next one!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Jen's mom is a true New York fashionista. She is always decked out in the latest trends, so we decided to get her our fashion forward Honeycomb Necklace for her 60th birthday. I can totally imagine her hitting the NYC Opera in it. I've narrowed it down to the tomato and sea green. I'll let you know which one she picks!
Jen's sister is also a flawless dresser, but her style is a bit softer and more organic. We thought our Tagua Bib would be a perfect 39th birthday present. It's bold, yet feminine. I set aside the midnight teal and lavender.
And finally, Jen treated herself to La Palma necklace. Her 33rd birthday isn't until next July so this is a very early birthday gift.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Christian & Vivi's house, nearly finished! The machine shop has been moved to the shed at the far right to keep tagua dust from entering their living space. The workshop is middle right, and the dyeing equipment is around the back with drying space on the roof.
Christian demonstrates use of his newest equipment investment: a tagua polishing machine. Dyed tagua pieces are put into the chambers--one for light colors and one for dark--with polishing paste imported from Italy.
The machine spins for several hours, producing beautifully polished tagua pieces for AC bracelets and necklaces!
Honeycomb necklace in berry
Polished tagua bracelet in pacific blue
Fashion's Night Out took Manhattan by storm, but Andean Collection had its own agenda as we flitted off to Westchester to make a special appearance at Everything But Water at The Westchester in White Plains, New York. Our Tagua Bib Necklace, Riverbed Bracelet and Polished Tagua Bracelet are on sale at many Everything But Water stores across the country.
This particular store was doing a Fashion's Night Out event, with a special feature on our jewelry! Many people who came into the store to browse were very excited to find jewelry “that they would actually wear along with their beach and vacation apparel.” One man was walking past the store and our Tagua Bib Necklace in Teal caught his eye. He rushed in excited to learn all about the unique material and design.
As you can see in these pictures, our colorful jewelry fits right in with all of the fabulous patterns and styles of the swimsuits and cover-ups. We owe a huge thank you to Everything But Water for hosting such a fun event during such an exciting week in New York.
Now it’s just time to plan that trip to the Caribbean we have all been daydreaming about…
A special guest at Lucky FABB this year was the one and only Diane von Furstenberg. Her fabulously feminine designs and signature animal prints have made her one of the most sought after and successful designers of our time. DVF not only offered us the chance to feast our eyes on her perfectly put together ensemble, but she also shared her essential life mottos.
The captivated audiences listened carefully as she spoke phrases, such as “the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” She is the ultimate advocate for women entrepreneurship. She professed that her ultimate inspiration behind all of her designs is women and her motivation is to make women feel comfortable and beautiful.
With nearly 280,000 followers on Twitter she has also become quite the social media maverick. Her Facebook page is frequented by many, and what seems to drive much of the traffic is a promotion she offers, “Wrap of the Month”, available exclusively to her dedicated Facebook followers.
This month’s dress is bold and bright and I thought to myself, what would go better than our very own Polished Tagua Bracelet and Frida Earrings in Ivory? These two accessories are effortless and chic, a perfect punch of mod and understated sophistication. Who really says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?!