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ABOUT

The contradiction of my life is starting Commune and Memoir which is all about broad vocabulary and well-spoken English when English is not even my native language. The brand involves an aspiration of eloquent speech; the struggle of the immigrant with a great appreciation for language who is obliged to interact using one that they don’t dominate with confidence; the excitement of discovering that some words rooted in Latin that are common in Spanish also exist in English (even though they are rather uncommon in everyday conversation/small talk); or just the nostalgia of speaking fluently and unselfconsciously. Laura De Valencia, Co-founder.


THE WORDS pay homage to the city and its poetry, to the literature of everyday life, to the flaneur and the modern observer. They derive from long lists of words that we have been jotting down over the years, which has been growing with conversations, street encounters, radio shows, and fascinating readings from Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Auster, Anaïs Nin, Julio Cortázar (...) The selection process is very intuitive and it involves a lot of editing, but it is obviously the most enjoyable part of this project.

 

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ETHICALLY MADE our t-shirts are made in Lima, Perú by a company devoted to designing, producing and exporting high-quality organic and regular cotton garments. We were attracted to our supplier's commitment to safe working conditions, environmentally friendly facilities, and their effort to integrate mothers' associations and clubs to their production chain and look after their work and wage rights. 

 

WHY MADE IN PERÚ? our supplier provides the highest quality Peruvian pima cotton which is considered the world's finest cotton due to it's incredible softness and durability. As it is widely known, Perú has a millennial tradition of growing and perfecting Cotton, which goes back to the pre-Inca cultures. The fiber’s extraordinary length of up to 42 mm and fineness between 3.3 and 4 microns is what makes Peruvian pima cotton softer, smoother and stronger than other cotton fibers.

HANDPRINTED art with traditional serigraphy method that will last without fading or cracking.