about été noir
designed in hudson, new york. handmade in by a women's collective in peru.
ABOUT THE BRAND:
été noir is the brand helmed by the thoughtful emily brewer-yarnall. working strictly in knits of alpaca, baby alpaca, and pima cotton, emily is heavily invested in her community impact.
the quechua [ mostly women] group that she works with began as a way to preserve traditional quechua crafts and to provide fair-wage work. within the collective, the women also participate in a mentorship program training younger generations to preserve history and provide job skills.
as peruvians cherish alpacas and wish to protect their alpaca farmers, peru has strict yarn impact regulations and taxes. été noir sources her alpaca and baby [ NOT from a baby animal. see glossary. ] alpaca from a neighborhood farmer, and then it is milled there in peru. the yarn is then used by the women's collective to create the exquisitely soft and wearable pieces associated with emily's brand.
as part of a zero waste process, all of été noir's pieces are knit in the exact shape of the garment. most knits are undyed, as alpaca come in a plethora of natural hues. the pieces that are dyed are done so with low-impact environmental dyes.
emily and her much adored rescue terrior george design and create all of the patterns in their tiny hudson, new york studio. alas, he has yet to learn to knit.
WHY WE LIKE IT:
as a business owner in a relatively niche market, i get emails often from designers and makers wanting to work together. i usually open all of them and give them a glance, but emily's held my attention. i am a words person, and she was exquisitely eloquent. classic literature flitted through my thoughts, and she drew me in. i'm a sucker for well-developed language skills, i admit.
after receiving a couple of knit samples and being overly impressed by her physical talents as well, our relationship began. her pieces are versatile and wearable. the sideways loose top goes with absolutely anything. the natural fiber pieces are hypoallergenic - so they're easy to wear for people with sensitive skin like i have. because her sizing is based on length, it's great for people of all heights and sizes. where these knits are concerned, comfort is queen.
emily was one of the first brands i carried, and i don't envision a day in which our priorities or values wouldn't align. i'm honored to work with a person so passionately committed to the community she's helping to create. to know her is to love her.