Aymara is the result of the love story between a Belgian engineer, Sven Van Gucht, who met Yannina Esquivias, a young Peruvian travel agent, during a sabbatical year and fell in love. Yannina and Sven quit their jobs and started a knitting factory in Peru together with Yannina’s family. In 2007, the knitwear label Aymara was born. The name Aymara refers to a native ethnic group in the Andes of South America.
The magic of Aymara lies in the combination of Belgian design and Peru’s extraordinary fibers and textile craftsmanship. Aymara’s knitwear is produced in our own knitting factory in Arequipa, in the south of Peru.
Excellent natural fibers play a key role and are the starting point of each Aymara design. In the autumn winter collection, our garments are made of the softest alpaca blends. Alpaca is a cousin of the llama and is prized for it’s thermal properties, silkiness and durability. Alpaca is a fiber which does not come at the expense of the environment. Alpacas graze at elevations of 3500 to 5000 meters in the Peruvian Andes mountains. Aymara only uses the finest alpaca fibers, called baby alpaca.
We believe that in today’s world of fast fashion and mass consumption, a growing number of people is looking for authentic products with a soul. When buying Aymara, you are sure to get longlasting, sustainable products with an extraordinary story.