We are happy to have Karen’s beautiful Baby Alpaca shawls, scarves, and gloves at Days of Good from January 10-16. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy one of the beautiful, handcrafted pieces her professionally trained Peruvian teams of knitters and weavers create.
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Karen just came back from a very successful trunk show at Henri Bendel in New York, where she introduced customers to her product line and the story behind it. Read it here in her own words:
When did you get the idea to start Object Mythology?
Object Mythology began in 2007 while I was traveling in rural Peru. I had the opportunity to meet a group of artisans who were able to hand knit and hand weave beautiful garments and immediately developed a personal connection to them.
Why does Object Mythology exist, what is your mission?
Object Mythology works to develop and build partnerships with highly skilled artisan groups in developing countries such as Peru to make social impact.
How does Object Mythology do good?
Object Mythology creates social impact by partnering with highly skilled artisans in developing countries.
Working though a non-profit organization, the women in artisan groups who create the Object Mythology Baby Alpaca Products received their training through a program developed to empower single mothers to learn a skill that provides income for their families. (The average single mother has between 2-6 kids).
Many of these women have not completed an education beyond primary school and in many situations, they have been abandoned by their husbands and are left to raise their children on their own. Their ability to generate income for their families from weaving and knitting, their only source of income gives them self worth and improves their living conditions.
We currently have 115 artisans working to make our products, and in turn, they support about 335 individuals. We are committed to preserving the traditional craftwork of our Peruvian artisans and supporting the communities where our products are made.
Who is your customer?
Our products are for the woman who craves thoughtful design, celebrates special details, cultivates an authentic lifestyle of practical luxury, and relishes the thought of making a real difference with her purchase.
Where do you see your company in 5 years time?
Wow, five years time… I hope to be able to expand into other countries such as Cambodia and Tibet to develop interesting, creative products. There is a wealth of untapped resource and talent out there and I want to be able to bridge the gap between these artisans and individuals who crave thoughtful design, detail, and want to help make a difference in the world through their purchases.
What should every girl have in her closet?
Scarves are the must-have for the fashionable girl. Everyone needs a scarf for every season and there are so many ways to express yourself through fashion accessories.
What’s your favorite fashion brand?
Cora Groppo – available only in Buenos Aires (where I visit three times a year), Rome, and El Salvador. Here attention to detail, the way her pieces drape and fold are exquisite.
What’s your favorite piece of clothing or jewelry right now?
I bought a pair of fabulous earrings in Turkey a few years back. I love wearing them because they remind me of how fun and exciting it was to be in the Grand Bazaar. I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones Movie!
What are you grateful for in your life?
My family, friends, and the special women in Peru with whom I work with who make our products. My husband has been a huge supporter during the past few years while we were getting Object Mythology off the ground. I also have a friend whom I met two years ago who taught me that every little bit counts, and everyone can make a positive impact.
What is your hope for this year?
We hope to increase the visibility of our Object Mythology product line so we can create more job opportunities for our artisans in Peru.