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special guest/ALICIA ADAMS: quality, style + polish sum up the queen of the alpacas



Age: 35

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.



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!

Posted in How Chic Are You? | 4 Comments

4 Responses to special guest/ALICIA ADAMS: quality, style + polish sum up the queen of the alpacas

  1. Alejandro Holste says:

    What a gorgeos young woman,lovely face,hair (should do shampoo ads)very elegant and sophisticated .
    Great NEW “high-end” products. No doubt her trade mark will be present in the best boutiques around the Globe.

  2. Marion von Tannstein says:

    It is really a pleasure to see such an elegant young lady….an so efficient. The material and the quality of it is just amazing. I never leave the house without one of her capes. We all hope to find her products very soon in European fashion stores…and wish her a lot of success


    Beautifull young lady with magnificent taste for her designs.
    I wear her products all the time and feel “chick” and well dressed,receiving great compliments from my friends at all times.
    I wish her all success !!!!!!

  4. Marion says:

    Elegance and style are the trademark of Alicia Adams Alapaca. The alpaca collection reflects the beauty of the creator.

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