Peruvian Chic

Virginia Blanca Arrisueño has that rare combination of genuine creativity, sharp technical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, and it all comes together in her gorgeous knitwear. It’s not easy to reinvent such everyday items as a knit hat and scarf, but when Virginia makes them, her winter accessories exude spirit and originality that’s impossible to resist. Virginia is a graduate of University of Maryland, where she specialized in fiber arts. Her vision for de*nada (which means “you're welcome” in Spanish) is to blend contemporary styles with ethnic elements inspired by the culture and traditions of her Peruvian heritage. Today she works from her home base in Washington, D.C., as well as alongside skilled artisans in Peru to create her distinctive collections. de*nada’s bohemian-style slouch beanie is effortlessly chic, yet it’s also comfortable. We’ve yet to find anyone who doesn’t look great in it. For the full effect, you can pair it with de*nada’s fingerless gloves or arm warmers – they’re cozy and edgy at the same time. We’re also featuring gorgeous de*nada scarves, knit from the same polyamide mix (it’s super soft, warm, animal friendly and not itchy). Virginia’s continuous cowl neck warmers (in an open weave or a soft knit) can be worn around your neck or as a hood. Her spiral roped and hooded fringe scarves combine multiple strands or fringe for a dramatic statement that feels as great as it looks.

de*nada design

Handmade Peruvian Knitwear

Peruvian Chic

Virginia Blanca Arrisueño has that rare combination of genuine creativity, sharp technical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, and it all comes together in her gorgeous knitwear. It’s not easy to reinvent such everyday items as a knit hat and scarf, but when Virginia makes them, her winter accessories exude spirit and originality that’s impossible to resist. Virginia is a graduate of University of Maryland, where she specialized in fiber arts. Her vision for de*nada (which means “you're welcome” in Spanish) is to blend contemporary styles with ethnic elements inspired by the culture and traditions of her Peruvian heritage. Today she works from her home base in Washington, D.C., as well as alongside skilled artisans in Peru to create her distinctive collections. de*nada’s bohemian-style slouch beanie is effortlessly chic, yet it’s also comfortable. We’ve yet to find anyone who doesn’t look great in it. For the full effect, you can pair it with de*nada’s fingerless gloves or arm warmers – they’re cozy and edgy at the same time. We’re also featuring gorgeous de*nada scarves, knit from the same polyamide mix (it’s super soft, warm, animal friendly and not itchy). Virginia’s continuous cowl neck warmers (in an open weave or a soft knit) can be worn around your neck or as a hood. Her spiral roped and hooded fringe scarves combine multiple strands or fringe for a dramatic statement that feels as great as it looks.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Virginia
    Virginia

    Hi, my name is Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, and I am the owner and lead

    designer of de*nada, an emerging accessories line specializing in handmade

    knits for women and men.

    I'm very happy to be featured on Daily Grommet today, and excited to

    introduce my collection to you all. Hope you love them, and please feel free to

    let me know if you have any questions!

  • MEG O.
    MEG O.
    11/30/2010 1:22 PM

    Love these, DG! Can you tell me if the white is a pure white or an off white? Also is the black actually more gray as it looks in the photos? These are definite Christmas gifts. thanks!

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    11/30/2010 1:37 PM

    Hi Meg, Thank you for your interest, and compliment! Truly appreciate it :) The white is more of a slight off white. The black is a pure black. Let me know if you have any additional questions, and have a happy holiday! - Virginia.

  •  Paulette
    Paulette
    11/10/2012 12:00 PM

    @Virginia Blanca Arrisueño

    Hello,

    I loved the story, great YT video as well, however I'm finding it frustrating I don't see and can find any where in the articles a web link ?

    Do you have one please?

    Congrats on preg, you look great I applaud you for being able to handle & accomplish so much.

    Looking forward to link, :)

    Paulette

  • Me Again....
    Me Again....
    11/10/2012 12:05 PM

    @ Paulette

    Oh? I just got this email, Im just seeing the date, this is from TWO years ago? Aghh

    So no longer preg...I bet your makin cute baby stuff now....

    Still would like a web link if anyone's out there...

    Thanks

    P

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 12:54 PM

    @ Paulette: Will contact you directly with the info.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/7/2010 1:45 PM

    @Drew: They are beautiful! I'm happy to let you know that they are available to ship again.

  • Anne
    Anne
    12/13/2010 11:49 AM

    Just received the scarf and I absolutely LOVE it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2010 11:52 AM

    @Anne: We love that you love it! Thank you for coming back to let us know.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/10/2011 8:49 PM

    @willie nelson: We don't have an ETA for when it will be available again, but I will send you a note when it's back in stock. I love that scarf, too!

  • Yulia
    Yulia
    3/7/2011 9:55 PM

    Just a quick question re. the hat and scarfs. How warm are they because you seem to wear them during the fall?

    *Admin Clarification -- this comment and response was based on the 2010 collection.

  • joanne domeniconi
    joanne domeniconi – Grommet Team
    3/8/2011 10:12 AM

    @Yulia: The hats are crocheted of an angora like synthetic, polyamide mix. They are not overly thick and the weave is somewhat open ... so while we are showing them as fall / winter hats that will keep you warm we also sell them as a fashion accessory. Hope this helps.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/15/2011 6:51 PM

    @Nancy Hafner: I will check on the availability of the other colors and let you know.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 12:46 PM

    Hello Virginia, Congratulations on another amazing collection. I just bought a bunch of items including the arm warmers and hooded scarf. From one sensitive-skinned gal to another, Thank you for making beautiful things that won't make me itch.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/4/2011 1:00 PM

    Thank you Julia for the compliment! Truly appreciate it :)

  • Susan
    Susan
    10/4/2011 1:45 PM

    These look great but from your comment above, are they really warm? Would they be appropriate for a Montreal winter?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 2:07 PM

    @Susan: Thanks for bringing that up. This comment was from the previous collection whose items had a more open weave. This collection is chunkier and warmer. I will make a note on that comment for clarification.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/4/2011 1:54 PM

    Hi Susan - Great question! Our products are made with a polyamide mix. Polyamide is a man-made fiber that has similar qualities to angora. It's super warm and super soft, but not itchy and animal-friendly. So my answer to your question is yes! The material we use will definitely be appropriate for a Montreal winter :) I would recommend all the styles featured here on Daily Grommet. However the cowl open wave may not be cold weather appropriate due to open weave.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions, and thank you so much for your interest!!

    Virginia.

  • Romy
    Romy
    10/7/2011 1:47 PM

    Your products are beautiful. I love the color combination (grey and beige) and texture of the scarf on the model posted in the photo above/first image on the video. Is that one scarf with 2 colors or 2 of your scarves put together? I was hpong to oder that scarf or the 2 I need to get that look.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/7/2011 2:26 PM

    @Romy: Hi Romy! Thank you for the compliment - You're so sweet :) The model in the photo above is wearing two spiral scarves: one in grey and one in beige. When styling the photo, we wanted to give a textured look, and thought it would be great to add the two together. The overlook is beautiful, and we are very happy with the outcome! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to let me know. Thank you again, and have a great day! - Virginia.

  •  Paulette
    Paulette
    11/10/2012 12:08 PM

    @Virginia Blanca Arrisueño

    Do you have a business web link, website?

    Thanks,

    P

  • Eiren
    Eiren
    11/8/2011 11:14 AM

    I watched your video and loved everything, especially you having family in Peru. I have family in Guatemala and love getting things from there. It makes you feel closer to them even tho you are so far away. I know for sure what I want for Christmas. All of your stuff is on my list for my husband. Thank you.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    11/8/2011 12:54 PM

    @Eiren: Hi Eiren, Thank you so much for your kind comment! Comments like these make my day :) Having the opportunity to travel to Peru often, work and see my family at the same time is a great privilege - I am so lucky to do what I am doing right now! I hope you get everything on your Christmas list - Thank you again, and have a great day!!

  •  Jim Anderson
    Jim Anderson
    10/23/2012 12:24 PM

    Do you make leg warmers for men? My legs are always cold in the winter.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 1:21 PM

    @ Jim Anderson: I can empathize about keeping legs warm. Will let the de*nada Design Team know of your interest in leg warmers for men.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/23/2012 2:07 PM

    Please let me know when the arm warmers are back in stock?

    thanks

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/23/2012 2:36 PM

    @Barbara Dunleavy: Will do.

  • Bubbles  (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!)
    Bubbles (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!)
    11/7/2012 2:44 PM

    11-7-12My sister has a rare disorder that causes her "arms",(frm.her wrist to elbow..a few times wrist to approx.4" above elbows) to"Stay COLD a-l-l the time.During the day/night, she'll ware Tube-Socks, (toes cut out), around the house & in bed.Yr. ARM-warmers did NOT show for me to order.What is the problem/situation with them? I'd love to purchase for her Christmas. She stays in/home ALOT due to this problem!Any & All help would be greatly appreciated.!! Bubbles

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 12:47 PM

    @Bubbles (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!) Wilhite: We're sorry about your sister. The arms warmers would be a lovely gift. They are sold out and not sure we're getting more.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

de*nada design

Handmade Peruvian Knitwear

Peruvian Chic

Virginia Blanca Arrisueño has that rare combination of genuine creativity, sharp technical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, and it all comes together in her gorgeous knitwear. It’s not easy to reinvent such everyday items as a knit hat and scarf, but when Virginia makes them, her winter accessories exude spirit and originality that’s impossible to resist.

Virginia is a graduate of University of Maryland, where she specialized in fiber arts. Her vision for de*nada (which means “you're welcome” in Spanish) is to blend contemporary styles with ethnic elements inspired by the culture and traditions of her Peruvian heritage. Today she works from her home base in Washington, D.C., as well as alongside skilled artisans in Peru to create her distinctive collections.

de*nada’s bohemian-style slouch beanie is effortlessly chic, yet it’s also comfortable. We’ve yet to find anyone who doesn’t look great in it. For the full effect, you can pair it with de*nada’s fingerless gloves or arm warmers – they’re cozy and edgy at the same time. We’re also featuring gorgeous de*nada scarves, knit from the same polyamide mix (it’s super soft, warm, animal friendly and not itchy). Virginia’s continuous cowl neck warmers (in an open weave or a soft knit) can be worn around your neck or as a hood. Her spiral roped and hooded fringe scarves combine multiple strands or fringe for a dramatic statement that feels as great as it looks.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Virginia
    Virginia

    Hi, my name is Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, and I am the owner and lead

    designer of de*nada, an emerging accessories line specializing in handmade

    knits for women and men.

    I'm very happy to be featured on Daily Grommet today, and excited to

    introduce my collection to you all. Hope you love them, and please feel free to

    let me know if you have any questions!

  • MEG O.
    MEG O.
    11/30/2010 1:22 PM

    Love these, DG! Can you tell me if the white is a pure white or an off white? Also is the black actually more gray as it looks in the photos? These are definite Christmas gifts. thanks!

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    11/30/2010 1:37 PM

    Hi Meg, Thank you for your interest, and compliment! Truly appreciate it :) The white is more of a slight off white. The black is a pure black. Let me know if you have any additional questions, and have a happy holiday! - Virginia.

  •  Paulette
    Paulette
    11/10/2012 12:00 PM

    @Virginia Blanca Arrisueño

    Hello,

    I loved the story, great YT video as well, however I'm finding it frustrating I don't see and can find any where in the articles a web link ?

    Do you have one please?

    Congrats on preg, you look great I applaud you for being able to handle & accomplish so much.

    Looking forward to link, :)

    Paulette

  • Me Again....
    Me Again....
    11/10/2012 12:05 PM

    @ Paulette

    Oh? I just got this email, Im just seeing the date, this is from TWO years ago? Aghh

    So no longer preg...I bet your makin cute baby stuff now....

    Still would like a web link if anyone's out there...

    Thanks

    P

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 12:54 PM

    @ Paulette: Will contact you directly with the info.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/7/2010 1:45 PM

    @Drew: They are beautiful! I'm happy to let you know that they are available to ship again.

  • Anne
    Anne
    12/13/2010 11:49 AM

    Just received the scarf and I absolutely LOVE it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/2010 11:52 AM

    @Anne: We love that you love it! Thank you for coming back to let us know.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/10/2011 8:49 PM

    @willie nelson: We don't have an ETA for when it will be available again, but I will send you a note when it's back in stock. I love that scarf, too!

  • Yulia
    Yulia
    3/7/2011 9:55 PM

    Just a quick question re. the hat and scarfs. How warm are they because you seem to wear them during the fall?

    *Admin Clarification -- this comment and response was based on the 2010 collection.

  • joanne domeniconi
    joanne domeniconi – Grommet Team
    3/8/2011 10:12 AM

    @Yulia: The hats are crocheted of an angora like synthetic, polyamide mix. They are not overly thick and the weave is somewhat open ... so while we are showing them as fall / winter hats that will keep you warm we also sell them as a fashion accessory. Hope this helps.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/15/2011 6:51 PM

    @Nancy Hafner: I will check on the availability of the other colors and let you know.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 12:46 PM

    Hello Virginia, Congratulations on another amazing collection. I just bought a bunch of items including the arm warmers and hooded scarf. From one sensitive-skinned gal to another, Thank you for making beautiful things that won't make me itch.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/4/2011 1:00 PM

    Thank you Julia for the compliment! Truly appreciate it :)

  • Susan
    Susan
    10/4/2011 1:45 PM

    These look great but from your comment above, are they really warm? Would they be appropriate for a Montreal winter?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/4/2011 2:07 PM

    @Susan: Thanks for bringing that up. This comment was from the previous collection whose items had a more open weave. This collection is chunkier and warmer. I will make a note on that comment for clarification.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/4/2011 1:54 PM

    Hi Susan - Great question! Our products are made with a polyamide mix. Polyamide is a man-made fiber that has similar qualities to angora. It's super warm and super soft, but not itchy and animal-friendly. So my answer to your question is yes! The material we use will definitely be appropriate for a Montreal winter :) I would recommend all the styles featured here on Daily Grommet. However the cowl open wave may not be cold weather appropriate due to open weave.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions, and thank you so much for your interest!!

    Virginia.

  • Romy
    Romy
    10/7/2011 1:47 PM

    Your products are beautiful. I love the color combination (grey and beige) and texture of the scarf on the model posted in the photo above/first image on the video. Is that one scarf with 2 colors or 2 of your scarves put together? I was hpong to oder that scarf or the 2 I need to get that look.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    10/7/2011 2:26 PM

    @Romy: Hi Romy! Thank you for the compliment - You're so sweet :) The model in the photo above is wearing two spiral scarves: one in grey and one in beige. When styling the photo, we wanted to give a textured look, and thought it would be great to add the two together. The overlook is beautiful, and we are very happy with the outcome! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to let me know. Thank you again, and have a great day! - Virginia.

  •  Paulette
    Paulette
    11/10/2012 12:08 PM

    @Virginia Blanca Arrisueño

    Do you have a business web link, website?

    Thanks,

    P

  • Eiren
    Eiren
    11/8/2011 11:14 AM

    I watched your video and loved everything, especially you having family in Peru. I have family in Guatemala and love getting things from there. It makes you feel closer to them even tho you are so far away. I know for sure what I want for Christmas. All of your stuff is on my list for my husband. Thank you.

  • Virginia
    Virginia – Special Guest
    11/8/2011 12:54 PM

    @Eiren: Hi Eiren, Thank you so much for your kind comment! Comments like these make my day :) Having the opportunity to travel to Peru often, work and see my family at the same time is a great privilege - I am so lucky to do what I am doing right now! I hope you get everything on your Christmas list - Thank you again, and have a great day!!

  •  Jim Anderson
    Jim Anderson
    10/23/2012 12:24 PM

    Do you make leg warmers for men? My legs are always cold in the winter.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 1:21 PM

    @ Jim Anderson: I can empathize about keeping legs warm. Will let the de*nada Design Team know of your interest in leg warmers for men.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/23/2012 2:07 PM

    Please let me know when the arm warmers are back in stock?

    thanks

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/23/2012 2:36 PM

    @Barbara Dunleavy: Will do.

  • Bubbles  (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!)
    Bubbles (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!)
    11/7/2012 2:44 PM

    11-7-12My sister has a rare disorder that causes her "arms",(frm.her wrist to elbow..a few times wrist to approx.4" above elbows) to"Stay COLD a-l-l the time.During the day/night, she'll ware Tube-Socks, (toes cut out), around the house & in bed.Yr. ARM-warmers did NOT show for me to order.What is the problem/situation with them? I'd love to purchase for her Christmas. She stays in/home ALOT due to this problem!Any & All help would be greatly appreciated.!! Bubbles

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/10/2012 12:47 PM

    @Bubbles (On B-Cert.Not a Nkname!) Wilhite: We're sorry about your sister. The arms warmers would be a lovely gift. They are sold out and not sure we're getting more.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.