What suit fits you?

Business Daily Africa
By: Mike Mwai
Photo: By Francis Nderitu

Photo Caption: Le Kasri Creative Director Hawkins Ramah poses next to some of his designs during the Suits and Cognac meet up held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski on March 23, 2018.

Original content from Business Daily Africa

They say a stitch in time saves nine. I say the right stitch saves time, money and reputation. A man is judged by his demeanour and confidence. This is assured by choice of dress and grooming.

How you dress says a lot about whether you respect yourself. Picking out clothes that fit you well and are comfortable speaks volumes. Doing the opposite says a lot about your attention to detail and leaves a lot to be desired.

So, how can you be deliberate about your style?

Choosing expensive fabric is where the rite of passage starts. The best fabrics globally are sourced from Italy’s top mills like Emernegildo Zegna. The most expensive fabric, however, is vicuña wool. It is usually reserved for billionaires and royalty. A vicuña is a miniature cousin of Ilama. If you have expensive allure to very fine things, a vicuña jacket can cost you three or four times more than cashmere.

So what suit should you start with? Begin with a good off-the-rack suit then get yourself a made-to-measure blazer and only deep dive into bespoke when you know a little more about what style fits you.

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Alpaca Loom packs a day full of fun

CapeTown ETC
By: Lucinda Dordley
Photo: Courtesy of CBS4  

Original content from CapeTown ETC.        

Looking for a unique activity in Cape Town? It doesn’t get more exciting than the Alpaca Loom in Paarl. Indigenous to Peru, we are lucky enough to have a herd of these beautiful animals in our back yard.

You can shop for exquisite handmade alpaca products and watch the weavers handcraft alpaca wool into products likes scarves, shawls, blankets and rugs. Hand-knitted mittens, beanies and jerseys are also available for sale, as well as a range of alpaca yarn. Spend your day petting  alpacas and learning about these incredible animals. The jungle gym is ideal for children to burn their pent-up energy.

An Alpaca Barn Tour is an experience of a lifetime. Here you meet the adorable resident alpaca herd including the youngest crias (babies) and engage with these furry friendly animals. Find out more about alpacas and how alpaca fibre is processed into fabric to create the beautiful wares for sale.

The Alpaca Barn Tours take place daily at 11am and 3pm. You also can enjoy delicious baked goods and coffee as you watch the alpacas in their pasture. If you need to hire an alpaca, llama or dromedary for a film shoot or other special event like birthday party or wedding, this is the place to go.

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Using alpacas for flock protection

Photo: Courtesy of Max Pixel

Original content from BKB.        

During the last couple of years there has been an upsurge in interest in using alpacas to guard flocks of sheep and goats against loss of lambs and kids.

Many sheep producers are using Alpacas as an environmentally friendly way to protect their flocks against predators.  Alpacas have a strong natural instinct to protect their flocks, even if it is an adopted flock.  Alpacas have the added advantage in that they also produce highly valuable wool fiber.

Many of the early farmers, especially in Australia, used them to protect their valuable stud stock. After getting increases in lambing percentages of greater than 20% they are now finding that it is economical to use alpacas to guard their commercial stock as well.

Farmers have made many encouraging remarks about the value of alpacas including:

    ~ Taking special care of ewes and does with twins and those who which have lost their mothers.
    ~ Dead lambs lying in paddocks for days without being eaten by predators.
    ~ Alpacas making loud noises to alert mothers that foxes and dogs are about.
    ~ Being alert and unnerving foxes by eyeballing them foxes not eating fox baits in the neighbours paddock near the boundary fence due to fear of alpacas in the next paddock.

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National Alpaca Day

News 24
By: News 24
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

THEY are fascinating animals and their national day is to be celebrated in KZN on Sunday 30 April.

First imported from Chile there are now Alpaca farms throughout South Africa.

Ex-Greytonian Wendy Moss is involved with a herd of these versatile animals on Nirvana farm in the Curries Post areas.

Usually the Alpacas can be viewed by appointment only, but the public is invited to attend the open day on 30 April from 9am to 3pm.

Garments made from Alpaca wool have become much sought after in the fashion world – the wool is as light and soft as cashmere. And on 30 April there will be a display of weaving by the Endeavour Spinning ladies.

Also on sale on the day will be Alpaca manure, which is popular with gardeners as well as cute paca beanies and paca babies as well as an activity pack all about Alpacas. Educational talks will be given hourly.

To keep the young ones occupied there will be a jumping castle, pony rides and a demonstration by Paw Pals on training your dog in obedience.

Anyone who would like a stall is asked to contact Wendy on 082 772 4894

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