Kina and Lele are the names behind Siblings Army. The two youngest girls of a bunch of six siblings, all born and raised in a paradise called the Canary Islands. Their unique take on island life comes from their Scandinavian heritage, combining to create a strong aesthetic and an appreciation for both traditional technique and forward thinking design.
Enchanted by both the ancient and the modern, the colors, the textiles and contentment of the people in Peru, they created their own collection of one of a kind items made in limited quantities. The striking pieces, a blend of modern cuts and traditional Peruvian fabrics, represent a new “hand-made”. Their goal is to create a unique brand for him and for her which is unlike the mass produced fashion world that we live in today.
Tell us about your brand Siblings Army
Our brand tries to transmit the cultural heritage of Peru craftsmanship with a modern twist, creating one of a kind pieces that are handmade with passion and dedication. We care about details and quality, we want to create ¨jewel pieces¨for men and women, that are long lasting in your wardrobe and will never be out of fashion.
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you’re working on for 2016?
We are about to reveal our “Black and white collection” pieces that are using the old technique of backstrap looming, they are combine with natural leather, and denim interiors, everything handmade by artisans in Peru. We are super excited, we just signed an exclusivity contract with Once Upon an Artisan to sell our products in Australia and New Zealand. And also we can´t say much about it….but expect our shop in Lima pretty soon! We hope we still growing in these 2016 and still learning on the way.
What is the key purpose you hope to achieve through Siblings Army?
Our main goal and what we have being working since we started is to be able to empower all the artisans we work with, creating a community that can help each other trying to keep their traditions and craft that is passed from generations alive. And that those artisans received a great value for their work.
What made you go down this path?
One of our personal motivation is to be able to work in what we love, no matter what. It has been a really rough journey but we love all the steps of the way. Being able to create a brand in a foreign country that is completely different in all the ways from home, is one hard goal we achieved. We are so proud of what we have accomplished so far that we still have the dream alive and we still want to continue to fight for it.
Main source of inspiration?
We find inspiration in Peru, and all the artisans crafts we see and found while we live in Lima. There is no art, they don’t master, and we are amazed how many beautiful things they do with their hands. We keep going when people tell us they love our work, when we see positive results of what we are creating. We want to make a difference and little by little we are doing it.
What action do you take in your daily life to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?
We try to shop everything local and from the season, eating less meat and dairy products, and we recycled as much as Peru let us. In our workshop we recycle every piece of fabric, creating new products reusing it, we use sustainable materials, we shop and produce everything within Peru and use recycled boxes for our shipments.
What are some of your favourite brands in the sustainability community?
Reformation, and A Peace Treaty for clothing and accessories. For beauty creams Estelle and Thild Stockholm. And we can´t wait to be back in Barcelona and eat in our fav sustainable restaurant Flax&Kale
We love to mention two peruvian brands that we think, are doing an great work, Escudo and Ayni, their designs are not just amazing, but they are sustainable brands, helping that the traditions and cultural heritage of Peru still alive and continues to develop.
Images Courtesy of Siblings Army