Peru Stories: A sneak peek behind the scenes..

Each year Carina travels to Lima, Peru to our workshop. It is there that her new designs for the year come to life. Each artisanal piece is then hand finished in an ethical, eco friendly environment.

This is a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes before the collection lands on UK soil..
Our workshop is a happy one. We pay the top rate for all our workers because we value their skills. Their journey to work is a pleasant one as our workshop is in a safe part of Lima, whereas bigger factories tend to be in remote parts, which can be dangerous. Everyone takes great pride and care in their work, which we hope comes through in every piece we produce.

Thank you so much for your continued support. It means the world to us.
Very best wishes,
Carina & the team

What is the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?

A classic Trivial Pursuit (Genius Edition BTW) question.  Do you know the answer? Firstly, you can start off by telling your fellow contestants that an alternative name for an Alpaca is Llama Pacos (but let’s use the Alpaca word for ease): Alpacas and Llamas belong to the Camelid family – A Llama is about twice the size of an Alpaca and was bred to be a pack animal.  Alpacas were purely bred to be domestic animals.  Although Alpacas dwarf the Llama, Alpacas produce far more fleece, or to be totally correct, FIBRE, than that of a Llama.  Alpaca fibre is lustrous and very silky in texture, it is warmer, doesn’t ‘ball’ up like wool, and, if said wool tends to make you itch, Alpaca fibre will not.
For centuries the Incas have valued Alpaca fibre as a commodity more valuable than gold or silver.