The Local Industry
While acknowledged globally for its environmental qualities, luxurious hand and durability, alpaca acts as a support to many local Peruvian farmers living in remote regions of the country. The alpaca industry is highly competitive, and farmers undergo harsh living conditions with little access to resources.
Alpaca's go through hair-cuts for their coats every 12-18 months, producing just 6-8 kilograms per animal. Sales are inconsistent and it is often challenging for the growers to harvest enough alpacas to earn a living wage. If the quality of their harvest is not competitive in the region, they have a hard time trading to merchants and developing reliable relationships.
Our purpose is to work with luxurious, high quality yarns that are wearable and durable. We work carefully with our suppliers in Peru to create alpaca blends that feel noble and have the capacity to endure everyday wear. Whether that’s using a tightly wound 2-ply fiber to avoid pilling, using small amounts of polyamide in our alpaca blends for added strength, or pre-washing our pima cotton garments to prevent shrinkage, we strive to use exceptional blends that get better with time. This is why our collection of alpaca sweaters turn into investment pieces, they can last decades when proper care is given, and can even become heirlooms passed along to different generations.
Who We Work With
Our main suppliers of yarn in Peru have developed a “Sustainable Alpaca Network”. A private international enterprise providing support for the sustainable development of alpaca raising. It seeks to generate benefits for all those involved in the alpaca production chain, and especially for the thousands of rural families who make a living from this resource in the harsh conditions of the Peruvian highlands.
We are dedicated to sourcing our resources from Peruvian suppliers, supporting the native alpaca industry with admiration and respect to the grower and the animal.
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