SUSTAINABLE FASHION: An Ethical Choice
Know who made your clothes and what your impact is by wearing Ankura as your sustainable fashion choice.
ANKURA; Who they are and what they believe in:
ANKURA is a Peruvian based sustainable fashion brand that works to complement a sustainable and ethical lifestyle, creating must-have pieces with a conscious process.
At ANKURA, they believe that ethical & sustainable fashion is not a trend, it is a movement.
As a responsible fashion brand, ANKURA choose to give back to the community and share their success with everyone involved in the making of their beautiful pieces, especially with those in need, who work for a better future.
*The stories behind it.
From the high Andes of Peru comes Alpaca, a camelid with wool softer and more valuable than cashmere. The extensive farming lands alongside the Pacific Coast of Peru bring Ankura Pima Cotton and organic cotton, a globally recognized fiber for its superior quality and comfort.
*The route of premium natural fiber.
The Ankura team works diligently to achieve the best results with every collection. Inspiration comes from diverse sources, such as the most important runway shows and its street-style to beautiful Andean Landscapes, the wilderness of the Amazonian Forest and culture from their country, Peru.
Each design is tried and tested to meet all the needs and desires of today’s conscious and style driven women.
*ANKURA’s styles come from…
Ankura fosters sustainable fashion by creating long-lasting pieces by using eco materials, you will discover the benefits from it.
The Organic Cotton we use in all our collections is cultivated in fields free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and defoliants, unlike regular cotton production. It is handpicked, reducing the environmental impact and improving the quality of the product. Our organic cotton is undyed, meaning all the shades we offer come directly from the seed. We’re looking into opening up our color scheme, researching for organic dyes and a sustainable dyeing process. Ankura’s organic cotton fabrics and knitwear have the GOTS and USDA certified.
If you want to know more about how Ankura source the cotton they use in their collections and how it’s better than regular cotton, you can read the ; «Why wear Organic Clothing?» post on their blog.
All Ankura’s alpaca knitwear is sourced from Peruvian Alpacas. The Alpaca wool’s sustainable quality comes from its rarity. Alpaca wool is rare to find (being only available in very few countries around the world) and its processing is often regulated to ensure the safety of the alpacas, the land they live in and the farmers who look after them. More so, alpacas are sheared only once a year giving them plenty of time to grow back their hair in time for the winter season. Given the fact that alpaca’s hair loses quality after each shearing process, they are only sheared during a specific amount of time which tends to be less than a third of an alpaca’s complete lifetime.
Ankura, as a Peruvian fashion brand, works with Peruvian Alpaca wool that is sourced from within the country’s top line knit providers who ensure that the alpaca wool Ankura use is responsibly sourced and processed.
The Alpaca wool eventually becomes the threads knitted to produce your favorite Ankura pieces.
Unlike wool, alpaca fiber doesn’t contain lanolin which reduces pesticide residue exposure and avoids allergic reactions. Adding up the fact that Alpaca fiber is softer than most wools and its hypoallergenic properties, more and more fashion industry brands and publications are welcoming Alpaca fiber as the new cashmere.
To learn more about why alpaca is considered sustainable against other types of wool (cashmere included) you can read the post from Ankura’s blog about why Alpaca Knitwear is sustainable, here.
To ensure our path in Sustainable Fashion, Ankura functions following the Code of Practice provided by the World Fair Trade Organization.
To trade for concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized producers in developing countries. This means equitable commercial terms, fair wages and fair prices.
To openly share financial information, management policies, business practices, product sources, production, marketing and development programmed plans on a regular basis.
To reflect in their structures a commitment to justice, fair employment, public accountability and progressive work practices.
To ensure a safe working environment that satisfied at a minimum all local statutory regulations. To provide the opportunity for all individuals to grow and reach their potential.
Equal Employment Opportunities
To oppose discrimination and ensure equality of employment opportunities for both men and women who suffer from the exploitation of their labor and the effects of poverty and racial, cultural or gender bias.
Concern for People
To promote development which improves the quality of life and which is sustainable for and responsible to both people and to our nature. There will be no exploitation of child labor. Trading activities should not violate indigenous people’s claims on land or any resources of vital importance to their way of life.
To encourage the trading of good which are environmentally friendly.
To manage resources sustainably and the protect the environment.
Respect for Producers’ Cultural Identity
To encourage production and development of products based on producers’ cultural traditions and natural resources. To promote producers’ artistic technological and organizational knowledge as a way of helping preserve and develop their cultural identity.
Education and Advocacy
To promote fair trade by encouraging people to change consumption patterns based on issues of social justice and concern for the environment. To support campaigns or campaign for national and international policies that will improve the living conditions of the poor in developing countries.