Designing a Partnership
We’ve spent years refining the collaborative process between our in-house design team and the skilled Peruvian knitters with whom we work. The first prototypes are developed in colors culled from our seasonal collection. Once the initial design concepts are refined, it takes a knitter several weeks to finish just one of the more elaborate designs. Sometimes managing four different stitches at a time, keeping track of a multitude of yarn hues and tweeds streaming down in tiny bobbins, the process requires virtuosic levels of skill, talent and focus.
The knitters use fine-gauge needles, changing colors and stitches several times per row. Some of our sweaters use dozens of colors (one best seller had over 70), which is virtually unheard of in this age of mass-produced garments. Once the knitting is complete, there are literally hundreds of loose strands of yarn inside of the garment that must be worked back into the fabric or carefully tied off—a laborious effort for even expert finishers.
Taken together, this painstaking process ensures the durability and lifelong enjoyment of these heirloom garments. The creativity, imagination and skill of our designers and knitters are woven into each sweater. From the first dab of color on paper to the final tying off of each strand of alpaca or Peruvian pima cotton, these talented designers and artisans elevate the craft of knitting into a true art form.