OUR STORY IN SHORT
ARMS OF ANDES
We are a brother and a sister brought up in a Peruvian household in the USA. Since we were little, our parents would take us to their country and teach us about our Peruvian history. Inspired by our ancestors' sustainable lifestyle, we created an outdoor brand using their biodegradable, functional fibers: Alpaca Wool.
We are a brother and sister brought up in a Peruvian household in Los Angeles, CA. Our mother is from a farm in the Northern Highlands of Peru. Our father is from a small town in the Central Area of Peru. Since toddlers, we visited our parents’ beautiful country every year for months. We loved adventuring out to Machu Picchu and learning the marvelous history of our ancestors.
Our mother would bring us to her old farmland where we would take care of the animals and wash our clothes by the river. Each time we flew back to the USA, we felt closer to nature than before we left. Inspired by our mother’s sustainable lifestyle as a child, we decided to bring the sustainable part of Peru back with us.
We wondered how the hunters and gatherers lived in such cold climates at such high altitudes. How did they manage to have enough resources for their civilizations while being sustainable?
Starting from 5000 years ago, Peru has one of the oldest civilizations: The Inca Empire. By mastering engineering, creating cities, and domesticating animals and plants, they developed the widest population. The Incas made their goods long lasting and durable with a sustainable approach. Their renewable method created enough resources to support their massive civilization. Our mission is to use their sustainable method and adapt to our modern day society.
During 2018, we traveled and moved across the globe. Having settled in the States, the Netherlands and Peru, we realized there was a gap. No one knew about the important benefits of alpaca wool. We decided to make Arms of Andes as the connection in the gap. We started by connecting this special, functional fiber into garments that modern day explorers would cherish and need on their wild explorations. We studied the beneficial properties of our nature’s fiber and the story behind it.
Arms of Andes started production in Peru to keep control of their products’ creation and to spread the story of the Andean people and their beloved alpacas. After, we established Arms of Andes in the States and the Netherlands and soon in Asia and Australia.
Being children of the Andes and raised in a modern city, nature has many hidden secrets we forgot we wanted to discover. We created our apparel to be 100% of alpaca wool to bring people back to nature. Plastics are a modern city creation that harm our planet. We designed the wool of alpaca to adapt to modern city lifestyle. We hope you enjoy our story and the fiber of the gods.