It starts with sourcing
While recognized globally for it's environmental properties, luxurious hand and durability-alpaca serves as a lifeline to many local Peruvian farmers living in remote regions of the country. The alpaca industry in Peru is extremely competitive and farmers endure harsh living conditions in the Peruvian Highlands all year long with little access to resources. Alpaca's are sheered for their coats every 12-18 months, producing just 6-8 kilograms per animal. Sales are inconsistent and it's often tough for the farmers to own enough alpacas to earn a livable income. If the quality of their alpaca is not the best in the region, they have a hard time selling to distributers and developing consistent relationships.
We are committed to sourcing 100% of our materials from Peruvian distributers supporting the local alpaca industry.
Our goal is to work with high quality fibres that are wearable. We work closely with our suppliers in Peru to create alpaca blends that feel good and have the tenacity to withstand everyday wear. Whether thats using a tightly wound 2-ply fibre to avoid common issues with shedding, adding a small amount of polyamide to our baby alpaca blends for increased strength or pre-washing our pima cotton garments to avoid shrinkage, we strive to use unique blends that get better with age.
Projects our partners are involved with are Pacomarca (Sustainable Alpaca Network) and Tejiendo Oportunidades (Knitting Opportunities). Pacomarca is an enterprise committed to developing sustainable practises in alpaca farming-generating benefits for every level of the production chain, in particular for the thousands of rural families living in the Peruvian Highlands. Tejiendo Oportunidades is a project started by one of our partners that aims to support small knitting companies and entrepreneurs in Peru. Training is provided on quality control, knitwear design and development for locals.