Levi’s Wedgie jeans | made with 100% American Cone denim, manufactured in China
Vince Blair sneakers | mine are haircalf, and 4 years old
Everlane Ryan tank top (no longer available, sadly)
Zady Alpaca sweater | gift last year for review from Zady
James Perse jacket
Rag & Bone Nylon Pilot backpack
So, it’s finally “cooler.” And rainy. Ugh. But I’m not complaining 🙂
It’s basically been raining non-stop for two days here, so I live in jeans, sneakers and this JP jacket, which isn’t a rain jacket, but it has a hood, so it provides a little protection. It’s enough for me, since I have to drive everywhere anyway….and I usually carry a large umbrella too. I don’t need a significant rain jacket, except for walking Dagny. Which, incidentally, I did this morning in the POURING RAIN in my super-old Patagonia rain jacket that leaks at the neckline. So now, I do need a new rain jacket. Ugh.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about alpaca lately, and cashmere, and wool, since now it’s officially sweater weather. I owe a post on this, and it’s coming, I promise, but it’s clear to me based on my research so far, that alpaca is more sustainable in general than cashmere definitely, and wool as well. It’s also become more and more popular amongst independent responsible-minded designers, therfore easier to find.
My experience so far has been mixed, however. This Zady sweater is about a year old and I wear it all the time because it’s a good lightweight layer, working well under jackets, and keeping me warm but not hot. It’s still a little itchy though, even after wearing/washing quite a bit.
I also ordered the alpaca cape by Cuyana last year to try and promptly sent it back. Mostly it looked horrible on me (capes just don’t work well on me), but I also remember it being quite itchy as well.
And of course, I just last week got the Lauren Manoogian alpaca Capote coat which is mostly alpaca with a little polyamide, and found it VERY itchy at the neckline. I did wash it over the weekend, and while it made it INCREDIBLY SHEDDY (ugh), I do think it may have softened up a little as well.
So what gives? Alpaca is supposed to be soft and cuddly, but I haven’t found it so. Give me cashmere any day. Or wool, for that matter. I’ve never had an issue with cashmere or wool being particularly itchy. But I understand that everyone is different, and many people can’t wear either fiber. Also, it may be that I’m more sensitive lately? especially on the back of my neck.
What has your experience been with alpaca? Do you wear it? Love it? Hate it?