A glimpse of Cusco, Peru turns into the Skyline Design
Have you ever tried to walk up 7 flights of stairs every day . . . at 11,200 feet (3,400m)?
It's pretty humbling. A bit like sprinting the 100-yeard-dash and then trying to breathe through a straw to catch your breath.
After a day of school and work, our family would trudge up all of those stairs . . . so many stairs. We'd gasp for air like guppies ejected from the fishbowl at each landing, eventually arriving at our rented apartment on the second-to-top floor of our building. And to this view above.
It sure made the Mount Everest-like climb worth the effort!
At night, bundled in our alpaca and wool, hot cups of tea wrapped in our hands, we'd stare out of the kitchen windows. We'd watch the play of light on the buildings below and on the Andes mountains surrounding us. Listen to the honking and blaring of horns as taxis, trucks and cars tried to share the narrow historic streets. Above, the skies were usually clear and filled with stars and one very bright moon.
While still in Peru, I started sketching a design that evoked not just this view from our apartment, but also the energy and dynamism of a growing urban center. Back in New Hampshire I refined my drawings until finally I had SKYLINE, a new design from the studio.
You can find Skyline incorporated into our fold-over clutch purses. All are made with 100% wet spun linen and 100% Harrisville Designs wool, and all include a sturdy 100% organic cotton canvas lining.
So now you can bring a little bit of the city into the country, like I do, or add another city view if you're in a different metropolis than Cusco, Peru!