You may have started seeing a brand of clothing with the name Ayacucho.
The word is pronouced ‘Asher-Coo-Chew’ and it’s actually the name of a town in Peru, famous for having 33 churches, one for each year of Jesus’ life.
It’s a very poor region so some of the money from the sales of the clothing goes back into the community there.
This doesn’t mean the clothing is poor – far from it – all of the items are made with modern fabrics that have UV protection. Some of them even have built in insect repellent. Many are made from eco-friendly bamboo too.
The Women’s Betty Polo Shirt (£30) and Women’s Simona Top (£25.00) are great options to stay dry and comfortable thanks to Dri-Release and FreshGuard in the fabric which guard against odour inducing bacteria.
Both of these tops are a great option for travelling. The polo shirt can be buttoned up ball the way but you can still leave the collar can be left open. The Simona top is a strappy number and a lightweight option for wearing on hot days.
The sapphire and ebony versions of the stylish Tina top (£22.00) are ideal for wearing with a skirt or shorts. These also have Dri-Release and FreshGuard.
The Elena Quick Dry Top (£15.00) has a scooped neck, soft stripe design and gathered cap-sleeves which make it a practical yet casual top.
The Women’s Travel Dress (£30.00) is loose hanging and ideal for throwing on for a daytime stroll on the beach or dressing up for evening activities. This is UV resistant, so it will protect us from the sun’s rays and stop the fabric from fading over time.
The supersoft and stylish Dragonfly Long Sleeved T-Shirt (£35.00) is already set to be a favourite. It’s made from specially crafted eco friendly bamboo, which is swift to wick and helps you control your temperature naturally. It also gives excellent anti-mosquito protection, even after washes.
For warmth, there’s the Women’s Medina Fleece (£65.00) and the Men’s Medino fleece which are deep-pile fleeces with rib-knit cuffs and waists. They also have hoods to cosy into.
For a slightly lighter fleece option there’s the Women’s Camira fleece hoody (£40.00) or the Women’s Whistler Fleece (£45.00).
The Men’s Nadino Fleece (£50.00) is an ideal middle ground between a technical fleece and the look of a classic jumper.
Completing the fleece offering from Ayacucho is the Men’s Sam and Women’s Samantha Stretch Hoody (£50.00). The lightweight microgrid fleece material is ideal for keeping the wearer warm when the sun goes down and it can roll up to a small size – ideal for being scrunched into backpacks or bags.
The Men’s Altay Shirt (£50.00) is a brilliantly versatile travel shirt featuring Ayacucho’s Vital Protection technology to repel insects and nasty mosquitoes. The shirt also inhibits odours and the bacteria that causes them, and for peace of mind for the future, the shirt is made from fully biodegradable fabric.
Finally, the Men’s Origami Rhino T-Shirt (£25.00) and Men’s Hummingbird T-Shirt (£25.00) are good T’s for the summer – both have Dri-Release technology and UPF 50+ protection.