Alpaca yarn is one of the most sustainable and versatile fibers in the world. It is also closely tied to the history and culture of Peru where we produce many of our favorite knit pieces. The combination of these two facts makes us want to incorporate alpaca into as many of our pieces as possible.
Alpaca fiber is luxurious and built to last for years to come. Softer than cashmere and stronger than sheep’s wool due to its hollow structure, alpaca yarn stays firm but soft to the touch. This fiber does not absorb much water or humidity and has natural heating and cooling capabilities that keep it cozy without overheating the wearer. Alpaca is great for those with sensitive skin or sheep’s wool allergies as well – it is hypoallergenic and traps less dirt and allergens than other fibers.
Alpaca naturally comes in a variety of colors depending on the color of each animal’s fur, allowing for a large range of choices free of the need for potentially harmful and wasteful dye processes. Though a sweater knit with alpaca yarn will last for decades with the correct care, it will biodegrade naturally once its time comes. Alpaca yarn’s strong and sustainable characteristics are reflected in the animal as well. Alpacas are considered some of the “greenest” animals on the earth due to their efficient eating and drinking habits in comparison to other grazing animals. They’re very well suited for the harsh conditions of the Andes in Peru – their native habitat – which is what gives their yarn its strong and unique qualities! In terms of farming and care, the shearing process is completely harmless to the alpaca and there are no strong chemicals involved, making it a safe and natural environment for all.
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Like many of us, I was introduced to Ilana Glazer through the genius of Broad City, a show that she and pal Abbi Jacobson created and starred in. So when Ilana came to our Fort Greene shop last fall, we just about lost it! We shared that this year is Kordal's ten year anniversary and it would be such an honor to feature her in our Lived in Series to mark the occasion. Fast forward a few months later and Ilana is rolling up to set in Crown Heights on her bike, and yes, she's just as cool and kind as you'd expect. She's generous with her time, has everyone cracking up and looks incredible in our knits - even on a humid 90 degree day. We got a chance to talk about pregnancy and healthcare, how styling informs her characters, and finding levity amidst existential challenges.