Alpaca The Fiber of Gods
The alpaca produces a natural fiber that was recognized by the Incas as the “fiber of the gods,” as early as 6,000 years ago. Premium alpaca wool has maintained an extremely high value throughout its enduring, centuries-old history. Original to the Andes Mountains, the alpacas’ wool was considered so fine that it was used in the wardrobes of the tribe’s royal families.
Alpaca wool is recognized as one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world. Coats, sweaters and scarves made from this material are satisfying indulgences that feel great and look luxurious. Premium alpaca wool is produced in Peru’s Andean region where the government maintains strict laws designed to protect the species from endangerment. To look good is to feel good, and to feel good is to know where your clothes - and the fabric that made them - came from. And knowing this, Valerie Garmino has chosen to work with wool from this region to reinvent how fabric should feel.
From the Andes to You
Premium alpaca wool is so versatile because of its delightfully lightweight composition. The microscopic air pockets that are part of its makeup help to reduce the weight of the luxurious alpaca fibers. This lightweight composition that makes it an all-season fabric, perfect from spring to summer and fall.
Alpaca wool fibers are fine, lightweight and silky. However, this incredible fiber has unparalleled strength and durability. The alpaca is tough and strong, surviving long, cold Andean winters. So it’s no wonder this fabric lasts longer than most any other luxury fiber, including other wools, cashmere and silk. With proper care, high quality alpaca apparel can become an heirloom that is passed down through generations.
Valerie Garmino travels all the way to Los Andes, Peru to bring you the most exquisite assortment of amazing natural fibers. The soft, silky, and durable quality of the pure alpaca wool is unmatched by any other fabric in the world.
The magical alpaca fibers boast a series of microscopic air pockets that insulate during winter and promise optimal, effortless breathability in summer. Much like Polar Bear fur, these air pockets trap heat, creating greater thermal capacity.
Some of nature’s finest work, baby alpaca wool is a soft-to-the-touch fabric that delivers a feeling of true luxury, and is thus an absolute essential for your year-round wardrobe. It’s the mature alpaca that produces an impressive wool that is both reliable and versatile. But it’s the baby alpaca that produces a wool of unparalleled luxury.
Baby alpaca wool comes from the first shear when the animal is just a baby. Usually this process takes place between the spring and summer time frame allowing them to be fresh during warmer weather. Soft and soothing to the touch, its fibers are warm and exceedingly gentle for any type of skins from the most delicate ones like baby skin to adult skin. Wearing a garment of baby alpaca isn’t just a transporting experience of elegance, refinement and passion -- it’s pure magic.