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6 Peruvian Designers to Know Right Now

A crop of Lima-based designers is giving a contemporary twist to traditional craftsmanship.

Alpaca knits by Ayni

Jessica Butrich

Jessica Butrich’s shoes and accessories in pop-art designs – from a bronze-cast tiger-head clasp to expertly hand-carved heels – are made entirely in Peru.


At Escudo, the form-fitting dresses in graphic cut-outs and crochet might be Peru’s answer to Versace or Balenciaga. Flowing separates and cocoon-like baby-alpaca coats round out the selection. (No wonder Holt Renfrew just placed an order.)

Lorena Pestana

Inspired by pre-Columbian mythologies and the Peruvian Amazon, jewellery designer Lorena ­Pestana creates silver panther-head studs, gold rings in the shape of an eagle and other treasures. (The flagship shop also happens to overlook the Huaca Pucllana ruins.)




In addition to alpaca knits for women and men (pictured), Ayni (“Today for you, tomorrow for me” in Quechua) launches a baby-alpaca home accessories line this fall.


The minimalist accessories line Cotto models its brimmed felt hats after the traditional headwear worn in the Peruvian highlands. It’s the height of Andean chic.

Project Pietà

With a line of pima cotton T-shirts made by ­inmates at the Lurigancho prison, Project Pietà is a forward-thinking brand started by a French-born textile specialist and sold at Unø, among other shops.



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