The impact of this approach became immediately apparent and Carry decided that she would forgo a planned PhD and focus on creating sustainable, rural livelihoods for producer groups in the Andes Mountains of South America. However, Carry’s journey to business success was not an easy one: in the first year of business she experienced the theft of all of her profits and a substantial business loan by an armed robber in Ecuador, followed by death threats. She ended up living in a van for a year to repay the money she owed.
Passionate about encouraging and preserving traditional textile skills, Carry’s designs have always drawn on the rich cultural heritage of Latin America. Her hats have been shown at London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week and sold in some of the world’s foremost luxury stores, such as Isetan and Liberty.
Carry was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Alongside co-founder Orsola de Castro, she created Fashion Revolution, a global coalition calling for systemic reform of the fashion supply chain.
Carry now works full time at Fashion Revolution and Pachacuti is run by her husband Mark. Formerly a sculptor for special events at The White House in Washington, DC, he now puts his artistic skills to work in creating bespoke hats and fascinators for our clients and he is passionate about the beautiful quality hats produced by Pachacuti’s extraordinarily talented producers.