August 16, 2013 Summer on the Farm

Here at Peruvian Connection headquarters, we enjoy sharing our habitat with songbirds, tree frogs, free range chickens, and a happy-go-lucky bloodhound named Bonnie.  We are lucky enough to have our offices on a family farm in rural Kansas. In addition to the fauna, we’re treated to the gorgeous flora of the Canaan Farm iris gardens. They’re at their prime in May, but are just as luscious in the dog days of summer, when roses and poppies bloom and the butterflies and frogs settle in for the season.

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Glimpses of Spring ’14: a Behind-the-Scenes Look at our Style-out

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Explore our Stores

A visit to a Peruvian Connection store brings to life the experience of shopping our original, ethnographic-inspired collections. Our one-of-a-kind stores are located on iconic shopping streets in historic neighborhoods. Each store has an ambiance as distinctive and authentic as its surroundings with carefully-curated antique décor and fixtures. Reflective of our commitment to historic textiles and artisan craft, our stores are as unique and inspired as our apparel. You’ll feel it the minute you step inside.

Come visit a Peruvian Connection store in Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Santa Fe, or San Francisco. Our original collection of artisan-made, luxury fiber clothing and accessories is even more amazing in person! In the meantime, take a virtual tour of our stores with our online slideshow:

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July 25, 2013 Fall 2013 Inspiration

The Fall 2013 collection features delicate floral prints, rich detail and ethnographic patterning. Inspiration comes from many sources, including ancient textiles, the work of artisans from around the globe, as well as the beauty found in nature.

Inspired by the intricate floral motifs from Islamic decorative tiles, with an overall Central Asian aesthetic: Samarkand Dress, Madero Reversible Jacket, Las Flores Pinafore

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Influenced by the geometric detailing found in Indonesian handwoven textiles: Java TeeNicobar Dress

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top photo: Jakarta Post

Subtly patterned in marbled swirls and abstract lace patterns based on decorative papers:
Bolinas Skirt, Paloma Skinny Pants, Lacework Long Tank, Fiorentina Skirt

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Inspired by drawings of the Canaan Farm iris garden here at PC headquarters: Sketchbook Floral Dress

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Richly detailed in billowy cloud forms from ancient Chinese textiles: Cumulus TunicCloudscape Dress, Tambora Cardigan

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top photo: Tina Tabone: Textile Art

Based on the shimmering feathers and patterning of a bird’s plumage: Ariadne Dress, Mirage SheathScarlatti Dress

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Striped in bands of color from Andean woven manta motifs, some with cross-cultural influences from traditional Scandinavian and Fair Isle knit patterns:  Ayaviri Striped DressCross-Cultural Pullover, Chinchero CardiganByways CardiganHuaraz Short Skirt, Manta Blanket

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Mimicking the delicate lacy patterns from butterfly wings: Lacewing Dress

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butterfly wing image: DeviantArt.com

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July 24, 2013 Happy Peruvian Independence Day!

July 28th is Peruvian Independence Day – the 192nd anniversary of Peru’s independence from Spanish rule, won by Argentine General Jose de San Martin in 1821. To join in the festivities, wear your red and white, the national colors of Peru, and enjoy a cool, refreshing Pisco Sour, the national cocktail of Peru (see recipe below):

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Members of Peru’s Committees of Self Defense participate in a military parade to celebrate Peru’s Independence Day in Lima. Photo by VOSTOCK-Photo/REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil.

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Peruvian girls dressed in traditional clothing waiting to walk in a parade for Peru Independence Day. Photo by Thisfabtrek.com

Although Peruvian Independence Day is officially on the 28th, this time-honored Fiestas Patrias is celebrated with two full days of festivities. On July 27th, Peruvians often play folk and Creole music in plazas and public parks. At dawn the next day, a 21-cannon salute heralds the raising of the national flag followed by a presidential speech, exciting bullfights, parades, fireworks, fairs and exhibitions. Indigenous crafts and traditional foods, including Alfajores and Ceviche, are showcased during these celebrations. On July 29th, the morning starts with a mass led by the Archbishop of Lima, followed by The Great Military Parade. Then families and friends get together for parties and general merriment. Tourism often increases as visitors come from all over to join in the celebration.

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Participant in the 2012 Peruvian Independence Day celebrations. Photo by Thisfabtrek.com

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Celebrations in Plaza de Armas in Lima for Peru Independence Day. Photo by Thisfabtrek.com

Pisco Sour (makes 2 servings)
3 oz. pisco brandy (may substitute grappa or white rum)
2 T sugar or simple syrup
2 T fresh lime juice
2 tsp. pasteurized egg whites
Angostura bitters and lime wedges, for garnish

Preparation:

In a blender, add pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, egg whites and a handful of ice cubes. Blend until smooth and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass or champagne flute. For an aromatic garnish, top with a dash of angostura bitters and a wedge of lime. If you prefer not to blend it, add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then serve.

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A traditional Pisco Sour, the national cocktail of Peru. Photo by MachuPicchuCoupons.com

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