It all began when Raul, an entrepreneur from Quito, Ecuador, and Kirsten, a missionary from a small town in the heart of Nebraska met and fell in love with each other while she was volunteering in Ecuador. As they were getting to know each other, Raul introduced Kirsten to the art and beauty of textile blankets crafted by indigenous families there. They purchased one together as friends and as their relationship evolved, that blanket became the perfect element to their relationship and life. These blankets have been part of their lives through many adventurous journeys to quiet cozy evenings in.
When their two worlds collided, Beyond Borders Collective was created with the purpose of empowering and dignifying the hard work these indigenous families from the Ecuadorian highlands put into creating their products and the value that it brings to the final customer, as well as to bridge the gap between their cultures. They believe that it’s all about the simple things and their desire is for everyone to experience the quality and value of their product and the people behind it.
“Our goal is for everyone to enjoy being wrapped with the idiosyncrasy and richness of the culture, warmth, and soft goodness. Together we are creating a touch of culture, a feeling of home wherever you are, and an experience of empowering others.”
-Raul and Kirsten Reyes