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. We believe that ethical & sustainable fashion is not a trend, it is a movement.
We believe in:
As a responsible fashion brand, we choose to give back to the community and share our success with everyone involved in the making of our 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 us Pima 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 our country, Peru. Each design is tried and tested to meet all the needs and desires of today’s conscious and style driven women. Our style comes 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.
Our organic cotton fabrics and knitwear have the GOTS and USDA certified.
If you want to know more about how we source the cotton we use in our collections and how it’s better than regular cotton read our post on Why wear Organic Cotton?
All our alpaca knitwear is sourced from Peruvian Alpacas.
This knit eventually becomes the threads knitted to produce
your favorite 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 why alpaca is considered sustainable against
other types of wool (cashmere included) read our post
To ensure our path in Sustainable Fashion, Ankura functions following the Code of Practice provided by the World Fair Trade Organization.
Commitment to Fair Trade
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
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.
Concern for the Environment
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.
Gustavo Espinoza became interested in fostering the ancestral weaving techniques of his country (Peru), during his years as an undergraduate student. He then realized the best way to do it was by giving it a new and modern vision to an eco lifestyle. From there, Ankura’s vision began.
We are based in an office in Lima, Peru. As a diverse group, we share a common vision to empower the potential of ethical and environmental choices that enable a conscious lifestyle without compromising the style of our pieces.