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Alpaca International Featured in What's Up Magazine!

Alpaca International is pleased to be featured in What's Up Magazine in their December 2021 issue.

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New York Times - Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes

Hoping Llamas Will Become Coronavirus Heroes | Alpaca International

"Winter is a 4-year-old chocolate-colored llama with spindly legs, ever-so-slightly askew ears and envy-inducing eyelashes. Some scientists hope she might be an important figure in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

"She is not a superpowered camelid. Winter was simply the lucky llama chosen by researchers in Belgium, where she lives, to participate in a series of virus studies involving both SARS and MERS. Finding that her antibodies staved off those infections, the scientists posited that those same antibodies could also neutralize the new virus that causes Covid-19. They were right, and published their results Tuesday in the journal Cell.


"This antibody is a genetic characteristic llamas share with all camelids, the family of mammals that also includes alpacas, guanacos and dromedaries."

Click here to read the full article.

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Alpaca International's Park City Reopening Featured on

The owner of Alpaca International, a Main Street shop that sells jackets, sweaters and accessories made from the fur of alpacas, reopened the store on Saturday, ending a closure that stretched from March 15. View full article →
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Alpaca International Featured in Annapolis Discovered!

"The holiday time in Annapolis is beautiful, with lights and decorations adorning all of the gorgeous historic architecture, local musicians playing festive tunes, and alpacas hanging out on the street for you to visit. Wait! Alpacas? That’s right! During most Thursdays in the month of December, Midnight Madness offers holiday fun downtown that includes live adorable alpacas hanging out in front of the Alpaca International store."

We are so honored to be featured in Annapolis Discovered this year!

Click here to read the full article and watch an interview with store owner, Zia Boccaccio.
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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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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!

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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!

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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.