Andrew and Lori Schuster first came across alpaca wool during a trip through South America. And when they learned about the benefits of the silky, sustainable material, they knew the wool was the perfect way to pair their eco-conscious, Fair Trade sensibilities with a new venture.
Hence, Shupaca (Schuster + alpaca). Their warm-but-lightweight winter accessories are all made in Peru. Each piece is hand woven on wooden looms by artisans who practice centuries-old techniques, and who receive a fair wage for their work.
The fibers have a unique hollow core that traps little pockets of air to keep you warm without making you feeling stifled. And the wool is sourced from alpacas during the animals' annual shedding. It’s both insulating and breathable (not to mention hypoallergenic, too) which makes it a smart choice for cold weather gear.