Who We Are


We’re believers in the the juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, the beauty of nature and the precision of technology, and the idea that good business and doing good aren’t mutually exclusive.

Alpaca Collections strives to bring high quality apparel combining the ancient Peruvian textile tradition with a modern South American design ethic. The products we carry are made of natural fibers and fabrics, most of which come from the Alpaca animals or pima cotton raised or grown in Peru. Alpacas are beautiful, hearty animals able to withstand harsh environmental conditions and give seasons of amazingly soft wool, supporting their owners and their families for years. We want our business to be like the Alpacas: beautiful, sustainable, durable and giving back to our global family.

Brothers in spirit, Santiago and Craig, the two company founders, were born a few years apart in opposite ends of the Americas. One Latino, one Gringo; each raised with a deep appreciation of the mountains and the natural world; each educated by Jesuits and raised in small families.

Their paths crossed for the first time on a crisp fall day. Santiago was shooting hoops in Craig’s back yard. He was the new Peruvian exchange student attending Craig’s high school and now living at Craig’s house. There’s still a dispute over who played better in that initial encounter, but there was no doubt their bond was sealed.

They stayed in touch over the years and across continents. They both returned to school for MBAs. The Gringo married a Latina and the Latino married a Gringa. Each attended the others’ wedding. Each spent time living and working abroad.

After all those years, they ended up living in the same city again. They started talking about going into business together, combining their experiences and relationships, creating a true American company that takes the best of the cultures and practices of North and South America. Born of their innate entrepreneurial optimism, Alpaca Collections is the result of those efforts. Santiago and Craig have high expectations for this exciting endeavor and welcome you along for the ride. They can promise that all they do will be done with the highest integrity and from the heart.

 

Image Sources:

Seattle Summers by Bala

Skyline From Point Loma by Alan Sunners

Monasterio de Santa Catalina - Arequipa - Peru 05 by Adam Jones