Alpaca is a renewable, natural protein fiber. Peruvians have worn this knits made of this fiber for hundreds of years. Alpacas have become a vital part of Peruvian culture and help support the local economy. Around 80% of the world's alpaca population live in Peru and the industry surrounding them is an important local business that helps supports as many as 120,000 families. Thanks to its lightweight, breathability, softness, and durability, alpaca is a premium choice fabric for our garments. Environmentally speaking, alpacas have a significantly lighter grazing habit, leaving root systems in tact and undamaged. Alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic and does not contain grease or lanolin, meaning no harsh chemicals or detergents are required to clean it. Read more about alpaca fibers here.
Vegetable tanning is an organic way to treat leather and dates back to 6000 B.C. It is dyed using environmental tannins such as berries, bark, and foliage. This results in colors that are rich and deep in natural earthy tones such as browns, beiges, yellows and reds. This form of tanning is much better for the environment and results in a high quality, unique, textured leather. Vegetable-tanned leather also has a distinctively sweet, woody fragrance because of the natural tannins used in the treatment. The tanning process involves several weeks of treatment which allows vegetable tanned leather to have a much longer life than chrome tanned leather. Based on the craftsmanship and careful use of traditional techniques developed over centuries, the vegetable tanning process results in leather with a distinct appearance and unmatched durability. Read more about our leather here.
EUROFLAX ORGANIC LINEN
Flax is the oldest fiber known to be used by humans. Traditionally, every part of the earth friendly flax plant has been used to create a worthwhile product—nothing is wasted, and production is cost effective. It is cultivated annually and has positive effects on eco-system diversity and offers a welcome environmental pause for soil quality, bio-diversity and landscapes. Organic flax is one of the most sustainable fibers you can use according to multiple sources, including the Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibers (which gives non-organic linen a “C” rating, while organic linen gets an “A” – the best possible rating). Flax is similar to cotton chemically, but stronger, stiffer, more sunlight resistant, and faster drying. Linen is an intrinstically hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial fabric with a soothing hand. It also has great thermo regulating properties, providing coolness in hot weather and warmth in cool weather. Organic linen is grown without synthetic fungicides, pesticides and herbicides, in fields that are healthier for farmers, wildlife and surrounding communities.
In working with artisans to execute our designs, we are supporting centuries old practices passed down from generation to generation by families. Through these practices, we are helping to create job opportunities in remote and impoverished areas.