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Awamaki Lab





All too often, fair-trade fashion feels a lot more fair than fashionable. Awamaki Lab is working to change that. The nonprofit organization hosts up-and-coming young designers each season for four-month residencies in Peru, where they work with indigenous Quechua weavers and seamstresses to produce a collection. The women get reliable and satisfying employment, and shoppers get something that looks as cool as the story behind it. The upcoming fall collection, created by Parsons grads and BFFs Andria Crescioni and Courtney Cedarholm, distills the collective's colorful handwoven textiles and nubby knits into contemporary, wearable shapes. The results—including chic cocoon coats, asymmetrical wrap skirts, and covetable bobble-textured patchwork sweaters—are equal parts Macchu Picchu and Manhattan. -Eviana