Tito Hector Alvarez of beyond Beanie ::
The idea to launch social enterprise :: beyondBeanie :: was planted during a backpacking adventure Tito took to Bolivia in 2013 to visit his good friend Paty. With the severe poverty in Bolivia in mind, their efforts were to face these challenges by dedicating themselves to empowering female artisans and supporting impoverished students within the country.
Working from different time zones and leading diverse team members across the globe, Paty and Tito brought together their expertise in business and product-designing to create an ethical fashion line. Officially launched in March 2014, beyondBeanie offers beautifully handcrafted items made by Bolivian female artisans, that also give back to local students.
How? Each purchase has an impact :: 1 beanie = 5 meals; 1 bag = 1 set of school supplies; 1 poncho = 1 school uniform. Each product is unique because it proudly carries the hand signature of its artisan, to enable her a sense of recognition. The signature allows you to trace the artisan of your clothing piece by visiting beyondbeanie.org, where you can discover that woman's unique story.
T-shirt (by Sevenly.org, each purchase donates $7 to a charity)
Vest (by Mammut, member of Fair Wear Foundation)
Beanie (by beyondBeanie, made by artisans in Bolivia)
Bracelet (by Friends International, fairly made in Cambodia)
Kestrel is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.