My alpaca Copenhagen was founded by Olga (Peruvian) and Anne-Mette (Danish) who became best friends when Anne-Mette worked for 4 years in Lima, Peru. After having travelled extensively around the world Anne-Mette returned to Denmark to settle and Olga moved to Brazil to settle. When Anne-Mette gave birth to her daughter in 2006, Olga sent a box of clothing for the baby and that is how it all started.
Together, Anne-Mette and Olga have now created a company that sets high environmental standards, whilst maintaining a strong corporate social responsibility for their work with modern day design. They specialise in producing baby and children’s knitwear made in baby alpaca fibres. Most of their products are handmade and they take special care in promoting the use of alpaca fibres in their natural shades of whites, browns and greys, which means no use of dyes. They also work with dyed fibres but only under low impact processes, perfect for those concerned about toxins and for those with sensitive skin.
All garments are handmade by skilled and organised groups of Peruvian women, following strict quality standards. They train and work with groups of women, promoting better livelihoods for them and their families using only fair-trade practices. Their knitters are proud of their long Peruvian knitting and handcraft tradition. Each product will include a little note with the name of the lady and the cooperative that knitted the item.
Here are the leading ladies from myalpaca Copenhagen:
- Anne-Mette has a big passion for anything Peruvian and needed an excuse for continuing to visit Peru and other parts of the world. She is a self-starter, loves developing ideas and drawing – she can’t knit – but she can design simple and functional knitwear. Then she loves talking to and to spend time with the knitters, the retailers or the buyers. Anne-Mette is in charge of sales in Denmark.
- Olga has many years of experience of working in the Peruvian textile industry, a MBA from London and a passion for Scandinavian design and its simplicity. Olga is in charge of operations and production in Peru.
- Yolanda is their treasure and knitting expert. She is a petite (half the size of Anne-Mette), but very energetic and active lady. She more or less knows everybody in the yarn and textile industry in Peru and she trains all of the knitters.
- Marisol is responsible for quality control and knitting. She worked for 10 years in Japan with quality control of knitwear. She transforms the ideas into knitting patterns. When in the production period she travels to groups of knitters to ensure that the knitting instructions are followed.