DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT - Escvdo's inspired Peruvian design
March 20, 2020
Author: Lissette Castillo
Sustainable fashion is now a priority with many of us who want to know "who made my clothes?". Innovative Latin American designers are bringing us high fashion that is both ethically made and beautifully crafted.
One of those designer houses is Escvdo, an ethical contemporary fashion brand that uses Peruvian ancestral textile techniques in the creation of their pieces. The collections are inspired by Peru’s vast cultural and natural wealth, combining ancestral traditions with premium fibers.
Led by the sisters Chiara and Giuliana Machiavello, this fashion house believes in sustainable slow-fashion, and it reflects their passion for design and their heritage. They work together with skilled craftsmen and women from all over Perú to produce timeless pieces using top-quality local fibers. Each item of clothing contains a storyline that can be traced back through the knitter who hand wove it and the alpaca who provided the wool, to the moment in time – centuries ago– when these knitting traditions were born. Within each garment lies a story, and once worn, you become part of it.
This brand is committed to sustainability and transparency in the execution of their collections. They employ skilled artisans in both the sourcing of materials and the creation of our one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces, contributing to the local economies and financially supporting age-old traditions. They work with a predominantly female artisan staff and are dedicated to recruiting and promoting women artisans in hopes to provide financial independence and female empowerment.
Escvdo's organic Pima cotton comes from the coastal region of Pisco, Perú, and adheres to the highest fair-trade standards. The specific cotton strain used for the garments provides the longest fibers available, yielding an exceptionally soft product.
The Alpaca wool is sourced from the Peruvian Andes, where they partner with local craftspeople in the preservation of traditional shearing and hand-spinning techniques, as well as the conservation and promotion of 22 natural fiber tones found in native Peruvian Alpacas. Alpaca wool is softer, lighter, and warmer than most other wools, and is considered renewable and eco-friendly. No animals are harmed in the production process.
All sourced fibers are brought to their headquarters in Barranco, Lima, where they are transformed by their in-house knitting team. Each garment is hand stitched and all finishings are done manually.
ESCVDO has been featured in top fashion magazines, including Vogue and Marie Claire. We are happy to include ESCVDO in our collection of outstanding Latin American designers.
Chiara, together with her father Aldo, founded the Kupaya non-profit foundation.
Meaning “caring” in the Peru native language Quechua, Kuyapa’s goal is to better the lives of local communities deep within the Perú Andes Mountains and Amazon Rainforest.
Click here to go to our Escvdo collection.