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Amano means ‘by hand’

Since 1988, we’ve been working with incredible artisans to bring you
ethically handmade, fair-trade knitwear.

Our Ecuadorian knitters have been with us for over 40 years, and even though they work high up in the mountains of Carchi we feel extremely close to them. They are without doubt the most talented members of the Amano family, as it takes them countless hours and years of experience to produce our knitwear.

Amano is for colour lovers and free spirits who want fashion with a human connection. That’s why if you look at our garment tags, you’ll find the name of the exact knitter who handmade your Amano piece. This is clothing with a soul.


Our history

Our founders James and Michelle first travelled to South America in 1988. After a stint teaching English in Brazil, they decided to explore Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador and were blown away by the amazing jumpers they saw the locals knitting by hand.

They took home as many jumpers as they could fit in their backpacks, and began selling them at a Christmas market in London at St-Martin-In-The-Fields. People loved them and with the help of Miquel (a mischievous American who had made Ecuador his second home), they commissioned the knitters to make lots and lots more jumpers.

James then met Yumiko in La Paz, a Japanese artist who lived in Bolivia with her husband Toshy, she had an amazing eye for colour and fashion. She became the creative force behind Amano and helped launch several of our best-selling designs, including the iconic Shigra people cardigans and aquarium pullovers.

We continued to sell jumpers on Portobello Road and Camden in Amano shops, whilst selling to trade in Paris, Milan and New York. Soon we were on the shelves of Selfridges, Liberty London, Neiman Marcus, Barneys in the US and Itesan in Japan.

Since then, everyone from the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, M People, Roseanne, Doc Martin to the little boy in About A Boy have worn Amano jumpers. We’ve even received thanks on a Jamiroquai album, who credited Amano with ‘always keeping them warm’.

Our legacy

Today, we are proud to say that we still work with the same Ecuadorian knitters to create our new collections. We continue to provide them with consistent work, so they can support their community and keep their cultural heritage alive.

Inspired by our past, but always looking forward, we are constantly innovating and becoming more ethical whenever we can. We now dye our own unspun yarn sourced from Peru in small batches to reduce waste, and work only with low impact dyes to further minimise any impact on the planet.

We are lucky to still have many of the same customers we did 40 years ago, but welcome new ones too.

So, whether you have loved Amano all your life, had a piece passed down to you, or want to start your own collection, we welcome you into our family.

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