Why Your Next Suit Should Be Made of Alpaca Wool

Robb Report
By: Oliver Bennett
Photo: Courtesy of Wyvern Tailoring
Photo Caption: Small British brand Wyvern Tailoring produces all of its fine suits using 100 percent alpaca wool.

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Those tapped into travel and culinary scenes know that the past few years have seen an unexpected gastronomic revolution in the rise of Peruvian food and an explosion in travel to places like Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

But recent years have also seen the emergence of another luxurious South-American tradition—the wool of vicugna pacos. The fleece of the long-lashed, super-cute alpaca has become a sought-after exotic fabric, and top fashion houses like Giorgio Armani, Max Mara, and Loro Piana have long used wool from the alpaca’s close relative, the vicuña, in their luxe collections.

While not as over-the-top luxurious as vicuña (which easily garners price tags of $15,000 and up), alpaca pieces combine the softness of cashmere with the wear-everywhere ruggedness of the roughest sheep’s wool. This versatility is put on sumptuous display in Italian house Canali’s latest collection, which centered around handsome alpaca overcoats (from $1,775)—like the sleek double-breasted, wrap, and utility-jacket styles shown here.

This influx in demand for fine alpaca wool caused ex-financier Edward Ebbern to forgo his industry job in London to become a producer of alpaca clothes for men in the rural county of Dorset. His line, Wyvern Tailoring, was founded with “three animals, and now we have 22,” says Ebbern.

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