Every wardrobe needs that perfect lightweight knit, and alpaca is the perfect fiber to make it with. The .06 is made from the wool of Alpacas raised in their natural habitat in the Andes mountains of Peru, where they can roam, hop, and grow their silky fleece in beautiful natural colors, like this heather grey. Soft as cashmere without pilling, as warm as sheep’s wool without the bulk, hypo-allergenic, and one of the strongest fibers, Alpaca is an ideal ingredient for the sweater that will endure in your closet and become a favorite piece. This super fiber is then sorted, washed, combed and spun in nearby Arequipa, Peru, where 80% of the facilities energy needs is provided by solar panels. We receive the best fibers, called baby alpaca (though its not from baby alpaca), which are then sent to New York, where the slightly relaxed fit and menswear inspired chest pocket are crafted, converging timeless style with the ancient wool.Discover our process
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- 100% Baby alpaca (which means only that it is from the softest grade of fleece, not that it actually comes from baby alpacas!)
- Model is 5'8" and wearing a size small
- Handwash if you can, dry clean if you must
- Sewn in New York
Made in the U.S.A.
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Every wardrobe needs that perfect lightweight knit that can be worn by itself or with a buttoned shirt to add some structure. We had this performance in mind when designing the .06. It’s an ever so slightly relaxed fit, which makes it look elegant in more dressed up settings and cool in less formal ones. It’s an essential piece, but essential doesn’t mean basic. And then there is the color palette. One of the best parts about alpaca is their natural color palette. No chemical dye went into the .06, only lustrous natural alpaca color, which are in timeless colors of light heather grey, charcoal, and caramel.
Alpaca is as soft as cashmere, as warm as sheep’s wool, hypo-allergenic, and it doesn’t pill, it’s kind of the superfood of the fiber world.
Domesticated for centuries by the Inca of Peru, the silky fleece of the alpaca was reserved for royalty only. Today it is still a very rare fiber, representing only .21% of animal fibers. The fiber of the alpaca has a unique hollow core, which makes it both extremely light and warm. It’s nature’s performance gear. The .06 is made from baby alpaca, which means only that it is from the softest grade of fleece, not that it actually comes from baby alpacas. And alpaca is the strongest of the fibers, so you can keep wearing and wearing it. And if we haven’t yet made the case for this super fiber based on quality alone, the over-raising of its rival, cashmere, is causing the equivalent of the Dust Bowl in Mongolia and China.
Raising | The Andes
As it was during the time of the Inca, the majority of alpaca today still comes from Peru in the highlands of the Andes. The fibers from the .06 comes from rural families who raise flocks of alpacas in the same Andean highlands as their ancestors. The families shear the fibers once a year from November through April. For these families the alpaca fiber is the principal source of income.
Sorting, Washing, Combing, Spinning | Arequipa, Peru
Once shorn, the fiber for the .06 goes to Inca Tops, in nearby Arequipa, Peru. There the alpaca is sorted for color and quality. We get the softest part, the baby alpaca. Then it’s off to be washed, combed and spun all in the vertically integrated Inca Tops mill. Inca Tops is no ordinary coal burning mill, it is a brand new eco factory. It has more than 1,2000 solar panels installed on its roof, which provides 80% of its energy needs (and that’s important, since spinning is the most energy intensive part of the production process). Not only that, it also has a water recycling plant onsite, which it filters and reuses for continuous cycles of washing. This saves water and makes the mill more energy efficient. And since we use only beautiful, natural alpaca colors we avoid adding any toxins into the process.
Knitting | Farmingdale, New York
The cones of the silky fiber are then delivered to our knitters, Machinit in Farmingdale, New York. Our knit house was established in 1986. As knitting is the most labor intensive part of the process, we appreciate Machinit’s open door policy. No opaque process shadow factories here.
So there you have it, beautiful simplicity, meets natural color and softness with a sustainable footprint.