Our Mission & Values
You won’t find any industrial machinery here. Our producers are not unknown grey figures who are exploited for a pittance. We stand for the opposite. For us, our knitters are artists. We consider each of our designs to be a work of art that is shaped by the lives, traditions and spirituality of our partners. So, it is simply a matter of course for us that we produce 100% in the country of origin. As we are guided by traditional production methods of indigenous people, all our pieces are carefully handmade.
In the best possible harmony with nature, we create limited collections with sense, which offer an absolutely suitable answer to the fast fashion industry.
No unfair working conditions and exploitative contracts. No anonymity. Simply respectful and fair cooperation. Partnerships at eye level – that is what we stand for.
The lives of the people in our production countries are our inspiration. Together we celebrate successes as well as failures on our journey to make the fashion world more sustainable.
The fashion industry often overlooks the unique materials Mother Nature gives us and chooses cheap and synthetic alternatives. We think it is time to change this. We use only natural materials and follow resource-saving traditional manufacturing techniques.
For us, transparency equals honesty. We show you the life and stories behind our products – unfiltered and real. Our goal is to bring back the lost appreciation for textiles to promote a more conscious consumption in our fast-moving world.
PERUVIAN TRADITIONS CO.: Our sourcing partner
Peruvian Traditions, founded by the siblings and our close partners Carlos & Claudia Cordero, is our sourcing partner. Carlos and Claudia support us in the entire manufacturing process of Achiy’s 100% Baby Alpaca Sweaters. From the fine tuning of the designs, sourcing of our baby alpaca wool, supervision of the family production workshops up to the shipping to us in Hamburg. The topics of fair work and sustainability are very important to Carlos and Claudia.
As part of the Fashion Revolution, they believe as much as we do that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way. A way in which creativity, quality, environment and people are equally valued.
In the production of our sweaters, we only use certified knitting yarns of known origin that use biodegradable dyes and are therefore approved for international ecological standards and tested for harmful substances. Certifications: AZO, OEKO-TEX and REACH.
MICHELL: Our alpaca yarn manufacturer
Our divinely soft baby alpaca wool is sourced from Michell in Peru with the help of our sourcing partner Peruvian Traditions. With more than 87 years of experience and know-how in processing alpaca fibres, Michell & Cia. is a pioneer and the world’s leading manufacturer and exporter of alpaca yarns. Michell’s alpaca wool is certified by the International Alpaca Association. These labels are a symbol of the highest quality and durability. We only use certified knitting yarns of known origin in the manufacture of our sweaters. These yarns use biodegradable dyes and are therefore approved for international ecological standards and tested for harmful substances. Michell guarantees this and has been awarded OEKO-TEX 100, Organic Content Standard and Global Organic Textile Standard.
Our medium-term goal is to source the alpaca wool directly from the shepherds in the Andes themselves, to maintain an even more direct link and relationship with the origin of our alpaca wool. Together with our partner from Peruvian Traditions we are already building such relationships to bring you back to the origin as soon as possible.
INSECTA: Our vegan label manufacturer
Of course, we do not use animal leather for our labels. Instead, here it comes, pineapple leaves, which are normally a waste product and are now processed into alternative leather for our “Designed by Another Life” labels.
For this we work together with our partner Insecta. Insecta is a brand for vegan sustainable fashion that contributes to animal welfare and biodiversity and is recognized by PETA and the Association for Sustainable Fashion Peru. The vegetable leather (piñatex) is a natural material made from the fibres of pineapple leaves.
Every year, pineapple leaves create 13 million tons of waste within global agriculture. This waste product is now used for our labels, giving farmers an additional income.
RePack: Our shipping partner
Not only our sweaters themselves, but also our shipping packages have a purpose. RePack reduces CO2 emissions by 80%. The packaging is made of recycled materials. RePack packaging is designed to last at least 20 order cycles (the so-called reusable system).
Due to the size adjustment you no longer send unnecessary air: this saves money and protects the environment. All RePacks can be folded up to letter size after use and thrown into any letterbox for return. This works worldwide and free of charge! The returns are processed by workshops for the disabled.
But it does not stop there. As a reward for returning the RePacks we will donate 2€ to our good friends in the Kinsacchocha Community in Paru Paru, Cusco. At an altitude of 4010 meters, 10 indigenous families live here, keeping the traditions of their ancestors alive and being our inspiration.