Sumaq Design by Eduardo
Beauty is, quite literally, at the very core of Sumaq Design’s collection of fine sterling silver jewelry – the word “Sumaq” means “beautiful” in the native Peruvian Quechua language.
So for if you’re looking for more than just another piece of decorative
jewelry, how does a veritable slice of South American culture sound?
Look no further than Sumaq Design by Eduardo. Eduardo's first storefront location is located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Westchester County, NY at
457 Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY 10607. With his workshop right on premise, enjoy watching the handcrafted pieces come to life. He can also prepare custom pieces, and features jewelry repair, monograms, and engraving.
With every hand-constructed piece, owner and designer Eduardo Accostupa aims to fuse the beauty of ancient Peruvian culture with that of contemporary Western style. From hammered raw silver bracelets to finely-textured drop necklaces, Sumaq’s pieces pay homage to the tradition of true silver craftsmanship that has been passed down among Peruvian artisans since the time of the majestic Incan culture. “I exhibit the pride I feel for my Incan and Peruvian ancestors in my designs – it is through my jewelry that I am able to fuse these two cultures,” Eduardo explains.
Read about Eduardo and Sumaq Design by Eduardo in the Journal News
The Designer: Eduardo Accostupa
“I have been very blessed and lucky to be able to proudly incorporate the culture of my homeland into the work I am so passionate about and share it with the world.”
I was born, the second of five children, in Cusco, Peru to a family of humble means. I understood early on that hard work, perseverance, and knowledge were the building blocks on which my future would be built. An entrepreneur from the age of 7, I convinced local business men to allow me to work with them before and after school (I never missed a day) and on the weekends to help provide for my family. I apprenticed selling produce, baking bread, and gardening, but my innately creative talents drew me to the local craftsmen. I developed a passion for ceramics, art, clay work, and pottery. I “interned” with those who helped me hone my skills and taught me to appreciate the natural wonders of the lands around me and incorporate it in to my work. My transition to the craft of jewelry design was a smooth one as I became enamored with how my designs came to life in the silver. I eventually made my way to New York, where several family members came before me, with the goal of higher education and a new home in mind. I received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Business degree in hand, I then set out to create my own company, now, Sumaq Design. My passion is the essence of my company. I have been very fortunate to be able to bring elements of my Peruvian heritage to the United States. After joining my family in New York, I made it my mission to integrate that which I set out to learn here (through work and education) with that of my learned customs. It is through my silver designs that I am able to fuse these two cultures. I bring with me the hardship of my background, that of the working man: working and creating with his hands to provide for his family. I also exhibit the pride I feel for my Incan and Peruvian ancestors in my designs. I am grateful to be able to share this work here in the United States (my home now) because it provided me with the tools I needed to fulfill my dream. In this “internationally friendly” market place, unique, creative and culturally diverse crafts are not only welcome-they are sought after. I look forward to providing for this niche.
Finding myself in a position to “give back” to the community that bore me and gave me the background from which I have built my success, I have organized several Chocolatadas in Cusco and surrounding towns. A distinct aspect of Christmas in Peru is the "chocolatada" where better off people or organizations offer a bit of Christmas cheer to poor children. A chocolatada is often organized by churches, businesses or shops and are characterized by giving a cup of hot chocolate, some bread or biscocho (a sweet bread with dried fruits inside), some sweets or maybe a toy. I remember waiting all year for my chance to stand on line for his Christmas treats, and have taken great pleasure in returning to my home town and bringing cheer to the children now. Please visit Sumaq Design on YouTube and Facebook to view video and pictures from recent years events. To donate to this year’s event, please contact us directly. .
Sumaq Design LLC is based in White Plains, NY and would like to participate in local fund raising events. Sumaq would be happy to partake in fairs, markets, school fund raisers and church events where proceeds from sales go to a worthy cause. Please contact me with details of your next event.