What purpose and passion do you have?

Brand ambassador, Deri Llewellyn-Davies, takes on Everest

There aren’t many entrepreneurial men who spend their days in a pinstripe suit and their spare time climbing the world’s highest summits – all while using their business to do good. Deri Llewellyn-Davies has been a committed adventurer for the past ten years. Having climbed five of the world’s highest seven mountains, completed the infamous Marathon des sables across the desert and the Epic Ironman, he also happens to be a best-selling author of Life’s Great Adventure and winner of the 2013 Global Angel Award for putting his compassion into action, volunteering his time, energy, skills and money to do good. 

Deri at Everest base camp wearing pieces from  the Tengri Warrior collection : Gloves, Beanie, handknitted Pixane sweater.

Deri at Everest base camp wearing pieces from the Tengri Warrior collection: Gloves, Beanie, handknitted Pixane sweater.

Working with passion and purpose

Deri’s mission to take on Everest was part of a dream and ten years of planning to achieve. His goal was both a personal challenge and a social one: aiming to help the Sherpa community which in 2014 suffered a tragic loss of 18 men. With Neal Laughton leading the team, they attempted to set the world-record for the highest-altitude black-tie dinner party, raising funds to support Community Action Nepal.

We were delighted when Deri agreed to field test our everyday sweaters, beanies, gloves and socks in one of the world’s most challenging environments – Mount Everest.

"It was incredibly soft and warm and a great luxury at base camp. It was also remarkably lightweight to wear." – Deri Llewellyn-Davies

While taking on Everest, the team was caught in the midst of Nepal’s recent deadly earthquake. “Man plans, God laughs,” says Deri. One can prepare as well as one can but nature will have the final say on the outcome. Listen to his amazing and humble account of how he survived this epic natural disaster.

What adventures have your passions and purpose taken you on? Let us know @HouseofTengri on Twitter.

Pembs TV interviewed the strategy man on his recent adventure of surviving Everest during the Nepal earthquake. The Strategy Man is the #1 Bestselling author of BGI Strategy on a Page. He is the acclaimed expert on business strategy for business owners in the UK.

Deri attempted to set the world-record for the highest-altitude black-tie dinner party, raising funds to support Community Action Nepal. He  is WEARING THE BASIC BEANIE FROM THE  TENGRI WARRIOR COLLECTION   .   © TENGRI LTD. PHOTO CREDIT:   DERI  Llewellyn-Davies. 

Deri attempted to set the world-record for the highest-altitude black-tie dinner party, raising funds to support Community Action Nepal.
He is WEARING THE BASIC BEANIE FROM THE TENGRI WARRIOR COLLECTION© TENGRI LTD. PHOTO CREDIT: DERI Llewellyn-Davies. 

PHOTO CREDIT: DERI  Llewellyn-Davies 

PHOTO CREDIT: DERI Llewellyn-Davies 

PHOTO CREDIT: DERI  Llewellyn-Davies 

PHOTO CREDIT: DERI Llewellyn-Davies 

Slideshow photos of Everest climb by Jon Maguire. © Tengri Ltd.

Tengri design

Our knitwear designer Carlo Volpi explains the process...

It's extremely chaotic and painful, but always quite prolific. I love the hard work and at the end take a big breath, have a fag while I look at everything and think, "this time we managed it!"

I usually start developing ideas from an image, a sentence, a thought... After that everything else starts falling into place. More ideas come, I might read the right article or stumble across the perfect exhibition that inspires my work.

It's very important to find a context for your work and not just be bound to create something that looks good. There needs to be a message, something to stimulate the mind rather than just the eyes. For most designers, this is the most challenging aspect of the work because it requires total honesty and a willingness to look at and know oneself deeply.

I love making and collecting images. Most of my sketching is done through making rather than drawing -- usually I sketch ideas after I've made something, or I just let the making process, the materials and the yarn dictate what the work will look like.

Good design does more than respect people and the environment. It also shows our humanity, the designer's passion and love of their craft. These days we are almost forced to buy mass-produced items that say nothing about the identity of the designer or the skills of the maker. I completely believe it is up to the people who design and make to educate consumers about this, and that's what we are trying to do with Tengri.

Tengri 'Warrior' knitwear sketches. www.tengri.co.uk

Tengri 'Warrior' knitwear sketches. www.tengri.co.uk

Tengri 'Warrior' knitwear sketches. www.tengri.co.uk

Tengri 'Warrior' knitwear sketches. www.tengri.co.uk