A short interview of Tito Hector Alvarez, co founder of The BeyondBeanie:
- where you're based, and your company
I’m physically based in Lausanne, Switzerland from where I run all management and marketing related aspects for my social fashion brand. Yet, all products are made in Bolivia by a group of talented artisans who have mastered the art of knitting and weaving, a tradition that has been passed on from one generation to the next.
- When did you start with the beyondBeanie?
The idea to begin a social fashion brand developed during a backpacking trip to Bolivia in Summer of 2013 in which I went to visit a long time friend, Paty Lucero, whom I had in California during my bachelor studies. Anyhow, beyondBeanie went live on March 2014.
- What's your dream with the beyondBeanie future?
it is to continue to do what we are already doing; that is, to continue to develop a solid network of artisans to make our products, as well as continue to provide better opportunities to the approximately 18,000 Bolivian street and orphan children. In the more long-term future, it would be our dream to incorporate artisans from other regions of the world, as well as help children from other regions.
- Rubbish means something really bad and dirty, anyway we have it every day with us. What's your idea about your impact on your environment and your feeling about protecting Nature?
Yeap! rubbish is all around us! Yet, I’m quite impressed with companies like yours who are striving to reuse materials to make everyday products and are succeeding at it!
As a consumer, I strive to as much as possible do small actions to diminish my impact on the environment and nature, such as favoring public transportation over driving, buying locally grown fruits and vegetables over imported ones, and buying from companies such as yours whose value chain and materials’ sourcing are transparent to the consumer and ethical to mother Earth, such as Rubbish :)