AOW connects with Emily Green, founder and creative director of Emilime, a wholesale and supplier of knitwear from Peru. Emilime has been innovating knitwear since 2009 and specializes in handmade accessories featuring alpaca fiber and sheep’s wool, all sourced from the highlands of Peru. “Emilime seeks to build a platform inciting originality in textile exploration and honoring the imagination of individuals. We hope to cultivate a community tied together by knitwear, connecting makers and consumers across countries and cultures.”
Emily shares her insight on the recent major shifts she has seen when it comes to sourcing and consumer habits in Peru.
What surprising products are buyers asking for ?
We are finding that in this world of increasing online competition, buyers (both larger retailers and brick and mortar) are seeking to develop exclusive pieces to be able to differentiate themselves in the market.
Peru has long been a major destination for hand knitting as a craft, as well as for sourcing specialty materials such as alpaca. As a business, there is a lot of competition in the knitting sector. This, combined with the challenges of online competition for our clients, makes it important as a provider to be able to create a unique value proposition. Our value is in utilizing our existing relationships with buyers to really understand the needs of the market and then being able to work collaboratively with our artisan partners to design and develop pieces that are special for those buyers.
When it comes to buyers working with artisans, what do you feel has shifted the most?
We see increasingly that suppliers are investing in industrial knitting machines, in particular knitters who already work with manual knitting machines. Prices are going up, but they always go up every year!
For more info, visit: http://shopemilime.com