These Ecuadorian clothing brands remind us to stay permanently comfortable

Sustainable Ecuadorian clothing brands are giving Americans a chance to restock on super comfortable drip.

The toxic and harmful behavior that human beings have towards the environment is no longer a question, but a fact. Countless mundane activities, like shopping, are slowly destroying our planet.

Yet we have seen how changes in human behavior have a positive impact on the environment. The ozone layer has started to recover; levels of harmful pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide have plummeted, at least during the shutdowns.

To prove that safeguarding the environment is, in fact, in our hands. But, the environmental benefits would only be temporary unless there are permanent solutions.


How are Ecuadorian clothing brands embracing the “new normal” in sustainability?

As the world slowly moves towards a “new normal” and we embrace the new reality as reinvented and more conscious human beings, it is important to change our toxic behaviors, especially in the way we consume.

the textile industry is one of the highest pollutants in the world. 20% of all freshwater pollution is made by textile processing and dyeingand factory boilers that heat water release nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide – all of which harm the ozone layer.

So, let’s keep this fall cool.

Find out how Ecuador, one of the most environmentally diverse and beautiful places in the world, has incubated the best sustainable brands that set an example for the entire fashion industry.


Remu Clothing

After learning about the immense amount of waste generated by the fashion industry and the catastrophic working conditions faced by female garment workers,

The founders of Remu saw an opportunity for change.

Thus, they have created an outerwear brand that promises to provide high quality and non-toxic products. Using a circular model, the brand is committed to reducing textile waste and minimizing resource depletion.

“If we are unable to find quality textiles to refurbish, we use natural, organic or recycled fiber materials.”

In order to keep their processes as sustainable as possible, Remu’s denim is sourced from customer jeans donations or fabric scraps.

Then, each of its pieces is made by hand by seamstresses; using crafts and skills learned in rural communities in Ecuador. This is part of Remu’s stand for gender equality; something that is still ingrained in various aspects of Ecuadorian clothing and society.

By providing jobs, economic opportunities and responsible working conditions to these women, they hope to empower them to take charge of their present and future.

Discover Remu’s clothes here.


Allpamamas

Further into the Andes, skilled and hardworking indigenous women are leaving their mark on the Ecuadorian clothing brand industry.

Allpamamas is a brand dedicated to mother nature with a desire to be fair to her every step of the way. Its name comes from Kitchwa which means “mother earth”.

Thus, working in collaboration with indigenous women in the region has allowed them to bring a brand that truly represents the culture of Latin America through textiles made by people who understand not only the land, but also its nature and his mind.

Their end goal is to raise awareness through fashion.

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“By learning the different craft techniques, I realized it was possible to be a well-rounded and sustainable brand that benefits the community without losing any business opportunities,” said Vanessa Alarcon, co-founder of Allpamamas.

Thus, they have successfully followed fair sustainable measures for each of their processes.

Since work with biodegradable natural fibers and natural matrices, striving to be as close as possible to zero waste. Provide fair and responsible employment opportunities for underrepresented minorities; bringing Indigenous women into the world of contemporary fashion. An industry that for a long time was extremely exploitative of its workers.

Allpamamas is committed to providing truly transformative clothing that carries the essence and energy from which its products were made.

“It’s not just a fashion brand, it’s a project that transforms both the people we work with and our customers.”

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“Can you let go of the things you think you know for a moment?” Among the things you were told, right? Ways that worked at some point? Can you be here and now? Fresh from the past, carefree for the future, just being, to see what life can be, can give and step into the world of freedom, love, incredible beauty and adventures of your dreams? What are you holding back? Security? Comfort? Fear? agreement? Do you know how beautiful life can be like this? What will your power be? How infinitely abundant is righteousness? Then you’ll just see the love everywhere and the unity of it all. What else is there to live for? Sri Ananda Naga Maharaj ______ Puedes por un momento dejarte ir de lo que crees que sabes? De lo que te han dicho que es correcto? De las maneras que en algún momento funcionaron? Puedes estar aquí y ahora? Libre del pasado y sin preocupación por el futuro, solo ser, para que puedas ver lo que la vida puede ser y dar, y así entrar en el mundo de los libre, del amor, de increíble belleza y de las aventuras de tus sueños? A que te arraigas? Security ? comfort? Miedo? Agreements? Are you aware of lo bella que puede ser la vida así? Del poder que tendras? De lo infinitely abundant that you are simply SER? Entonces verás solamente amor en todo, y la unidad de todo lo que ES. Para que vivimos si no es para eso? Sri Ananda Maga Maharaj Via @pabloguarderas

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Their latest collection talks about spirituality and its individual meaning without categorizing beliefs in specific religions. Thus, each of their creations begins with a narration which it then leads to stories printed on their clothes.

Discover the clothes of Allpamamas here.


Studio Hera

And perhaps there’s no better way to tell the quality of the clothes we wear than by their durability. And that’s why Hera Studio, another Ecuadorian clothing brand, is committed to creating timeless pieces that will last a lifetime.

Hera mainly focuses on the material and the silhouettes of her clothes. They are experts in the artisanal manufacture of natural fibers such as wool, linen, hemp, organic cotton.

And of course, dye most of their products with beetroot, cochineal, red cabbage, turmeric, logwood, anatto seeds and avocado seeds. However, they mainly source vintage textiles from the 50s, 60s and 70s in pristine condition – using the past to make the present all the more relevant.

“We seek to create clothes that tell stories through their materials. And U.S are always experimenting and exploring new non-toxic dyes for the planet, for us the colors of nature are the most beautiful.

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But what makes Hera so authentic and unique is the designer of the Ecuadorian clothing brand, Isabel Perez.

After training in architecture, she discovered other ways to balance aesthetics with consciousness through fashion. This allowed Hera to consider volume, proportions, shapes and colors. She is inspired by architects such as Lina Bo Bardi or Ricardo Bofill.

I don’t even draw the garment. I draw textures and I write about the person who will wear this piece.

Her latest collaboration with Ecuadorian designer, Sara Rekalde, combines both natural dyes and vintage textiles. Inspired by vintage rust pink velvet, the collection conveys fresh, romantic styles with classic designs and promotes ethical fashion.

It features clean, architectural cuts and oversized volumes representing each of the designer’s styles.

Discover the clothes of Hera Studio here.

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Michael O. Stutler