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  • From peru with love

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    From peru with love

    Today we're catching up with Argelia, our knitwear and jersey designer, who traveled to Peru to meet our suppliers. 

    From our Fall 2017 collection onwards, 30% of our knitwear will be made in Peru, one of a few countries where craftsmanship is a fine art. The ancestral expertise of Peruvian craftsmen makes their creations unique - a world that combines beautiful patterns with creative know-how. Lighter, softer, stronger and better quality than sheep's wool, alpaca wool is a raw material that's been used for centuries in Peru. In the Western world, it's become a luxury material.

    Since October 2016, we've been working with a Peruvian community in Puno that's managed by the Heifer NGO. They produce our baby alpaca sweaters, which allowed us to become a certified distributor of Peruvian alpaca products, as a guarantee of both our ethics and the quality of our products.

    So what better way to discover their workshops and techniques than by paying them a visit? 

    Once there, Francisca Vangeas Ventura, the President of the Producers and Artisans of Andina Conduriri Alpaca Fiber Association, met us and explained that alpacas come from the same family as lamas, but are smaller in size. They're raised by the Peruvian craftsmen with whom we work and live at more than 4,000 meters altitude. This makes their wool so fine, it's considered one of the finest in the world. It's also known as baby alpaca wool. This doesn't mean that the wool comes from baby alpacas - it refers to the fineness of the fiber, which can be produced by adult alpacas with a very fine fleece. 

    The Alpaca fibers are also dyed using completely natural pigments.