NAME: ALICIA ADAMS
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Profession: Designer / Entrepreneur
Residence: Millbrook, NY
Favorite color: Taupe
Favorite Fashion Designer: Alberta Ferretti
Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designer: Prada
Favorite Parfum: Idole by Lubin
Favorite Stylish Film: The Dutchess, directed by Saul Dibb
Favorite Hangout: The barn at my farm and the beach in Tulum
Favorite Place/s: Munich, Mexico City, Gstaad
Favorite Cocktail: Vodka Martini
Who is your style icon? Queen Rania of Jordan
What item of clothing would you rather starve for? An alpaca cape
What is your overall impression of how people dress in general? Sloppy
And what do you recommend that they do otherwise? If one doesn’t have style then rather wear subtle colors and classic designs.
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: ALICIA ADAMS
Your name and company is synonymous with Alpaca. Why Alpaca?
First of all there is a great niche for this fabulous material. But more importantly this venture just fell into my lap. It is a very rare material that I, like most people hardly knew anything about. When my husband Daniel started breeding and raising alpacas, I started to become familiar with this great natural fiber and experimented with it. The rest is history.
Considering that the material is partial to winter and colder climes, what do you offer for summer or warmer seasons?
One of the great characteristics of alpaca is its excellent thermal insulation. The individual fibers are very fine and have microscopic air pockets that store cool as well as heat. For our first Spring/Summer collection (2012) we are blending alpaca with other natural materials i.e. silk and bamboo. Also we are working with fine gauges and loose knit patterns to achieve lightweight and cool products.
What is your range of styles and whom do you cater to?
Our styles are understated elegance for modern, stylish and quality conscious consumers.
How would you compare and contrast Alpaca with Cashmere?
The advantages of alpaca over cashmere are numerous; Alpaca has better thermal insulation, thus keeps you warmer and respectively cooler than cashmere, wool, mohair etc.
The fiber strength is also higher than that of other natural fibers, resulting in more durable apparel and fabrics. The wear resistance is better in alpaca. Cashmere is much more prone to pilling due to its short length and delicate structure. Good quality alpaca doesn’t pill.
Cashmere also stretches easily whereas alpaca has a high stretch resistance. Alpaca is also the only natural fiber being hypoallergenic. Most importantly alpacas are one of the rarest species in the world making this material so rare and desirable.
What are some of places where one can buy your collections?
Apart from select and elegant country boutiques as well as urban concept-stores in the US and abroad, our collections will be available as of Fall 2011 at Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.
You have about one hundred or so Alpacas in your Millbrook farm, Upstate New York. Do you have names for each of them and/or a favorite? Absolutely! And they all have blood and DNA typed paperwork. This is a very sophisticated breeding industry. My favorite is a female called Athena and her son Onassis.
What is the alternative to the particular kind of quality and craftsmanship that is evident in your work? There is no one-to-one comparison but if I’d have to compare my work and products, it would be with other high-end knitwear labels such as Iris von Arnim, Malo and Brunello Cucinelli
So you are basically saying that there is no cheap alternative for quality and fine craftsmanship, correct? That is correct!