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Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, Wears Alpaca Fur Hat

"The Duchess of Cambridge’s green credentials remain intact as the headware is made from the pelts of animals which have died from natural causes – rather than being bred for their precious fur."

To read the full article at The Sun (UK), click here.


Looking to follow the trends of modern royalty? Click here to purchase "The Dutchess" Hat from Alpaca International! "The Dutchess" Hat is crafted of luxurious ethical alpaca fur.
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Alpaca Men's Night


Alpaca Men's Night
Tuesday, December 13th - 5pm until 9pm

A night to assist the Annapolis gentlemen to find the most endearing and luxurious gifts for his loved ones while sipping wines and spirits. We will offer complementary gift wrapping on their purchases!

For further information about this event, please call us at 410-216-9898 or email us at alpacainternational@verizon.net.

Event location:
206 Main Street, downtown Annapolis

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Annual Holiday Party 2015

Please RSVP by December 10th, 2015 and join us for Alpaca International's Annual Holiday Party December 15th, 2015!

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Fall Collection Preview 2015

Alpaca International is proud to present the preview for our 2015 Fall Collection:

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Tumi USA Award for Excellence 2015.

Founder, Zia Boccaccio, will be receiving the Tumi USA Award for Excellence this September the 25th. We are proud and honored to be a part of this event, and to represent Peru in the United States of America. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.

For more information, to make a reservation, or to become a sponsor, refer to the information in this flyer.

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Alpaca International Baby Alpaca Clothing Store Cusco

For those of you who have spent any amount of time in Cusco you will know that alpaca clothing abounds but that finding high quality, original designs that you can actually wear once you get back home is a little more difficult!

Alpaca International is a small locally-owned boutique in the heart of Cusco that we fell in love with recently. It’s easy to walk past the store front on Santa Catalina Angosta street as from the outside it doesn’t look like much. Don’t be fooled though, because the real magic of the Alpaca International creations only become apparent when you browse through the shop filled with different styles and the assistant starts pulling out different collections that look great on and are above all unique and exclusive designs.

As the name suggests, Alpaca International specializes in the highest quality baby alpaca. Peruvian Zia Boccacio was first inspired by this mythical Andean animal when she was just aged nine and saw her first alpaca. This encounter started a love affair with Zia now designing and creating her unique alpaca wool creations in her native Peru and exporting to the U.S.

Alpaca has been a symbol of Andean civilization for thousands of years and is also known as the ‘Gold of the Andes’. Zia uses only 100% pure baby alpaca in her designs. Baby alpaca is a luxurious natural fiber that is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool and has a soft, glossy feeling like silk that keeps you warm when it’s cold but is also breathable in warmer temperatures.

Zia, now based in the U.S is proud of her Peruvian heritage promoting the Peruvian culture and textile tradition through her alpaca designs and has won a range of awards including the ‘Succesful Peruvian Business Woman in America 2014.’ Her sister Ligia manages the Peruvian operations and can often be found in the Cusco Alpaca International store selling personally to her clients.

Alpaca International has a whole range of original designs but our favourites were the versatile Frida cardigan, the Suri cape made with the softest baby alpaca available on the market and the Intarsia range designed in collaboration with the designer Intiwara and found exclusively in Alpaca international. We also loved all of their ponchos and the baby alpaca throws hand-embellished with a silk floral design.

Creations cost a little more than you find in the markets around town and are geared more towards the 30+ age group. These are nice original, investment pieces that you will be able to wear once you get back home and have as a nice memory of your time in Cusco!

Best of Peru Travel Recommends:

Don’t forget to claim your free baby alpaca finger puppet or doll with any purchase. Just let them know that you heard about Alpaca International from Best of Peru Travel in the store!

Written by Best of Peru Travel (password: alpaca)

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Sundance 2015 Alpaca Int'l Interview

Hosts Allison Baver and Sabrina Taylor-Smith discover the Park City/ Annapolis/ Maryland Boutique Alpaca International while exploring Main Street in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival 2015. In this Segment Allison talks with the owner of Alpaca International, Zia Boccaccio, while Sabrina models one of her coats. Alpaca International is located on Main Street in Park City, and has beautiful and stylish clothing that will keep you warm, stylish and elegant on the red carpets of the Sundance Film Festival.

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A Statement In Fashion

“It was a vision. I saw this mystical creature against the mountain,” says Zia Boccaccio, owner and inspiration for Alpaca International Inc. This vision from a 7-year old girl in her homeland of Peru would pioneer the development of soft, elegant wool from Alpaca into a fashion statement available toAlpaca wool was once reserved for Incan royalty. The light, silky texture breathes, adding warmth when needed but light enough for many seasonal designs.

It is natural and very beautiful. Boccaccio brings her vision from Peru to her retail locations around the world: Annapolis and Chevy Chase Maryland, Washington D.C., Park City Utah, Juno Alaska, and Cusco Peru, as well as a wholesale distribution network.

With international flair and entrepreneurial spirit, Alpaca International Inc. has made a statement in fashion. Using the Baby Alpaca fibers in all their soft luxury, Boccaccio has stepped up the design of this sought-after fiber with new colors, new styles, and new applications and accessories masterfully crafted by a team of Peruvian artisans. Boccaccio is proud to say, “I truly believe we have been a part of introducing Alpaca as a fashion item to the world.”

“Fun. Fashionable. Elegant,” is how Boccaccio wants everyone to feel in her Alpaca-inspired designs. Bringing this luxury item into popular demand has been a quest from the beginning. “I remember the feeling of seeing the Alpaca from my horse as a little girl. I want to share that mystical experience with everyone through Alpaca International.” With a fine-tuned commitment to quality, Alpaca International Inc. is poised to take this softy, downy fiber to new heights around the world.

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Successful Peruvian Business Woman in America 2014

Alpaca International CEO Zia Boccaccio has been named Successful Peruvian Business Woman in America 2014 by the Embassy of Peru. The Award recognizes Zia’s accomplishments in her industry as well as her commitment to promoting her cultural heritage throughout the United States. Zia confesses, "I am honored and humbled to have been selected for this prestigious Award by the diplomatic representatives of my homeland for my work as founder and CEO of Alpaca International."
 
Zia, a proud Peruvian, has been a pioneer in bringing the luxurious alpaca wool into mainstream attire. A strong background in retail and a dedication to sharing the fabric of her culture with North America resulted in the founding of Alpaca International in 2004. In only three short years, she had opened four retail shops in the United States, each supplying her high-quality collections of garments and accessories to what have become loyal patrons. Her timeless and elegant merchandise exhibits the grace and resilience of the revered Peruvian alpaca fiber ("the Gold of the Andes").

Zia can often be found at her Alpaca International location in Park City at 614 Main Street. Zia and her shop are a great addition to our community.

 

Written by Alison Butz of Historic Park City Utah