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Amano comes from a mano... "by hand" in Spanish. Not all of our merchandise is made by hand but there is always a feeling of the handmade in its spirit. The hand is a pre-Columbian sign of friendship. In Buddhism, when the right hand is held up in this way it is a gesture of fearlessness, a passionate belief in oneself that encourages others to believe in you and themselves as well. (Abhaya Mudra)
In the beginning it was the creation of Michelle and James who taught English in Brazil and travelled wondering what their next step was to be. Started on the street markets of Camden and Portobello way back in 1989 Forever Amano is now a small mail order company. We have supplied some of the great stores around the globe from Libertys to Barneys to Anthropologie, many of the premium retailers you could find the distinctive label of Amano but our journey is now focused on a mail order catalogue where we concentrate all our creative energies.

We like to think that people enjoy our knitwear with smiles and memories, with laughter and tears, we hope that people find comfort and solace, we hope that people feel great and empowered in their hearts when walking in our cardies. REALLY!

We have remained with many of our original suppliers. We have seen them grow with us. Similarly we have grown with our customers. Always focused on trying to produce knitwear that is truly special.

There are too many people to mention but one person to whom Amano will always be grateful is Yumiko Suzuki. A Japanese lady who lived in Bolivia and was the creative force behind many wondrous designs that Amano became so well known for.

We are supporters of the Fashion Revolution and believe in producing garments that will last and that we are immensely proud of in every way. Amano knitwear is not just for the year, it is is something that will be with you for a long time. We have countless stories of people with their amano, they will be in your wardrobe for many years.

A great relationship with suppliers has enabled us to stay in business and continue to provide a product that is so much more that its individual parts.

Here are some photos of our journey from humble beginnings.
Lucia Harrington, wife of the indomitable and charismatic Miquel. Character and compassion and her family drive Lucia looking after possible the best production of hand knits in Ecuador. We have worked with her and Miquel since 1989.
Yumiko, the creator of so many amazing and joyous designs, La Paz, Bolivia. Tragically Yumiko passed away two years ago.
Knitters in Ibarra, Ecuador
One of younger supporters in Ecuador
Almost!
Hola, I’m Sonia Leon, I am 58, divorced, and 3 daughters and 2 grandkids.
Hi, Im Rosa Suarez, 71 years old, married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Knitters that we used to work with in El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia.(1990 to 2014)