Posts Tagged ‘eco gifts’

ARE YOU A PAST CUSTOMER? REFER A FRIEND. RECEIVE A $25 GIFT CARD.

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

OK, so I admit, it is tough to sell Mayu’s beautiful alpaca accessories on an exclusively online basis. We know you want to feel the alpaca fiber, try the products on and well, SEE them! On the other hand, we know that when you swear to your friends about a certain product or brand, they usually trust you so they bite the bullet and make the purchase.

Therefore, we are asking you, a PAST CUSTOMER, to INSIST that your friends buy something from Mayu! If you were happy with your Mayu purchase, we know they will be happy too.

HERE’S HOW:

1. Tell your friend about our hand-knit, eco-friendly, fair trade alpaca clothing.

2. Your friend mentions your name in the comment box during checkout.

3. Mayu sends you a $25 gift card*

* Gift card is for use 1-time ONLY (unless, of course, you refer another friend)
* Gift card is to be used on full-price items ONLY
* Unfortunately, if your friend returns her Mayu purchase, you won’t receive your gift card

For questions, email info@shopmayu.com. And, if you haven’t taken our 20 second customer satisfaction survey, please do. We really appreciate your input!

We realize we’d be nowhere without our loyal customers so we are asking your help to help spread the Mayu word!

Enjoy,

Kate

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AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER, MITCH TEPLITSKY, TALKS PERU WITH MAYU

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

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Hey everyone! Mitch Teplitsky is a good friend of Mayu and the filmmaker of the Peruvian documentary, Soy Andina. In the above video, we are in Chiquian, Peru. Mitch came to see the beauty of Chiquian and learn about Mayu’s home because he also loves all things Peru. Mitch recently submitted a Fulbright scholarship application, of which Mayu was a part! I was excited to have Mitch with me in Chiquian — he took some excellent film footage of my Peruvian adventures both in my Peace Corps community and with Mayu’s artisans. Mitch fell in love with Chiquian, so I’m trying to convince him and his wife, Doris, to share a small plot of  land there (Maybe to build a brand new workshop for the artisans and raise alpacas…).

If you love Peru, dance and/or culture and haven’t seen Soy Andina yet, I highly suggest it!

Thanks for watching / reading.

Kate Robertson
Founder of Mayu
(Stay tuned to our FB posts, Tweets and RSS Feed!)

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DIA Y NOCHE: LA BELLEZA DE CHIQUIAN – HOME OF MAYU’S ARTISANS

Friday, August 20th, 2010

You will all learn Spanish now! Today’s title signifies, for those who don’t know, “Day & Night: The Beauty of Chiquian.” For those who can not travel to the Huayhuash mountains of Peru, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the view that our lovely artisans wake up and go to bed to every day…and night. This mountain chain, as well as being a favorite of trekkers worldwide, was also home to the known film Touching the Void.

While the daytime shot was taken by our own Kate Robertson, the dusk shot (found after the break) was taken by Peruvian photographer-in-training, Doris Loyaza,  wife of Mitch Teplitsky (film makers of Soy Andina) for the dusk photo. Doris and Mitch were in Peru with Kate and LOVED Chiquian…

Stay up to date on Mayu, Peru and hand-knit alpaca accessories by following us on Twitter, our blog and Facebook. Have a great weekend, compañeros!

Chelsea (Mayu Intern)

P.S. — Sign up for our e-newsletter for exclusive Mayu news, and don’t forget about our Hoodie Giveaway!

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MAYU’S GIVE ME, GIVE ME GREEN ALPACA GIVEAWAY!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? Just in time for autumn and the arrival of our NEW FALL DESIGNSMayu is having a FABULOUS giveaway contest and we want to make sure you have the chance to win a gorgeous Kelly Green Long Rayas Hoodie. This ECO-FRIENDLY, FAIRLY-TRADED, ALPACA hoodie is an incredibly popular product (only a few left!) and retails for $180! So warm, so stylish, a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe!

There are three ways to enter and spread the love for Mayu. If you do all, you will be entered three times:

(1) Mention and link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook page, AND/OR Twitter (be sure to include @shopmayu in the Tweet). Follow up with a post in the below comment section or an email to info@shopmayu.com to confirm!

(2) Add us to your “blogroll” if you have a blog. Leave a comment below with your site so we can check it out!

(3) Respond to this blog post telling us why you just need an alpaca hoodie and how you will wear it!

The giveaway will close August 30th at 10AM. Each person is limited to three entries. The winner will be selected via random number generator software and notified immediately. Shipping is on Mayu!

Enter today and spread the Mayu love!

*Make sure to add us to your RSS Feeder so you can stay up-to-date with Mayu and other giveaway opportunities!*
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MAYU’S MARI WIELDING HER (KNITTING) WEAPONS: TEASER PHOTO #2

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Behold! Our second teaser photo for Mayu‘s fall collection! The photo above features Mari (one of our lovely artisans) with her new knitting needles that she had specially made in the village. Knitting needles that thick are not usually utilized in Chiquian, Peru, so she had them made by one of the carpenters in town. she was very excited to start using them so she could knit one of our newest designs. They will be used for one of the new ear flap hats (in Peru, they call them chullo hats) that we will have for this fall. Even with these obstacles, artisans like Mari remain committed and motivated in Mayu’s efforts!

Thanks for reading and following! More teasers to follow! Keep up to date with news about Mayu’s new collection, and visit our blog, follow us on Twitter and find us on FB!
Chao,
Chelsea
Mayu Intern
P.S. Kate will be back in the States this week! Woo-Hoo!!
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MAYU CUENTOS: THE JOURNEY TO VISIT OUR ARTISANS

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Chiquian (Represented by the A!)

I finally arrived in Peru, the old stomping grounds of my Peace Corps days. Wow, it is so amazing to be back! The community where Mayu‘s artisans live involves 2 plane rides to arrive in Lima. I took one plane from Chicago to Atlanta, and then from Atlanta to Lima. Once in Lima, I took a cab to a bustling bus terminal, where I boarded the first bus (not the nicest bus around…) towards Huaraz, in the department of Ancash.

About 7 hours later, I got off the bus in a tiny town on the main road. The couple hundred Peruvians who live there make a livelihood on selling cheese (Chiquian’s cheese is region-famous!), corn on the cob and trout to those in transit to the outlying towns. Life in Conococcha is cold and slow. From there, I got into a collectivo (shared taxi) and headed another 35 kilometers on the most beautiful, windey road that I could imagine…35 Kilometers (that’s 21 miles to you Americans!) later I was in Chiquian, where I spent 2+ years working with the wonderful Peruvian artisans with whom I am now homestaying.

Ever traveled off the beaten path? Tell us your travel stories! Leave a comment below, and keep following our blog! Find us on Twitter and Facebook too! Thanks for reading,

Kate
Founder of Mayu Alpaca

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