Fair Trade

The mission behind the creation of Andeana Hats is to empower women, help support global artisans to continue their vanishing crafts, and enable them to support themselves and lead their communities out of poverty.

Sustainable Practicies
 


Andeana Hats has partnered with Awamaki, a non-profit organization based in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, who work closely together with multiple indigenous communities in the remote mountains of Peru to empower women and connect them to global market places like Novica in Association with National Geographic. Awamaki invests in women’s skills, connects them to market access and supports their leadership so they can increase their income and transform their communities. Novica’s mantra is to empower artisans, connect and mentor, and preserve endangered traditions. These are all powerful, fundamentally important mantras that drive us all to work together in this shared goal of spreading global happiness.

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About Laura

Laura Grier

Laura Grier has been called the Indiana Jones of Adventure Travel Photography and is a recent addition to the Discovery Channel UK’s “20 Richest People in the World List”, people who are rich in life experiences that is. Living abroad from a young age, it is no surprise that Laura turned her life of travel, adventure, and exploration into a profession. As a photojournalist for the past 18 years, Laura has photographed on all 7 continents and has made a life out of exploring the world, capturing, and writing about her experiences.


The most satisfying work that Laura has done in her career has been through her work with Novica, in Association with National Geographic, which is a global catalog that represents artisans from the around the world who are practicing “Vanishing Arts”. Over the past 8 years, Laura has traveled down to Peru many times and has fallen in love with the country. Passionate about mentoring, women’s education, photography and travel, Laura leads travel workshops, expeditions, and is an ambassador for sustainable travel brands like Lokal and Impact Travel Alliance.

 

Pats Krysiak

Pats Krysiak grew up knowing different cultures, languages, and continents being born in Poland, growing up in Canada, and now living Peru for the past 6 years. While in university, she received the opportunity to travel to Peru with an NGO to work in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Piura and Lima. Pats sparked an idea to develop an e-commerce website to offer the rest of the world the unique apparel products made by Peruvian artisans and designers. Realizing her dream in 2012, she officially packed her bags and moved to Lima.


While working in the business side of the Peruvian textile and fashion industry, she simultaneously explored the vast terrains of Peru and South America. Falling in love with the magic of the Amazon rainforest and the wonders of the Andes mountains, Pats has promoted the Peruvian travel industry through her extensive work with Rainforest Cruises and has since launched a natural skincare line based on superfoods sourced from the Peruvian Amazon called Glossy Paradise. Now, with the launch of Andeana Hats with co-founder Laura Grier, Pats is combining all of her passions into one.

About Pats



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