Sustainability lies at the center of our values and mission. Our mosy baby alpaca clutch is a shining example of our beliefs and efforts.
Every year baby alpacas are safely shaved in the mountains of Peru in order to prevent overheating during the summer months. Our partners in Peru seek out the finest fur to make our baby alpaca fur clutch bag and using their own dying techniques and our design, create the vibrant color patterns you see on the fur clutch purse today. Because of the natural fur and limited availability of quality furs these pieces are very limited and only restocked once a year.
Designed in St. Louis by daph.
Handcrafted in Peru with Peruvian Baby Alpaca Fur
Cleaning Instructions: For light cleaning this purse, wipe with a damp cloth. For more serious cleaning, please contact a fur cleaning professional.
Width: 12.5 in.
Height: 12 in.
Depth: 2 in.
Our founder and designer, Daphne Benzaquen, is a native of Peru. During a trip to the large Peruvian city Arequipa, Daphne became intrigued by two of the country’s sustainable resources: llama leather and baby alpaca fur.
Llama Leather & Alpaca Fiber
By introducing llama leather to the U.S. market, daph. is providing an alternative that is lighter, more durable and 15 times stronger than cattle leather. Baby alpaca fur provides luxurious warmth - and the shearing process is necessary for the alpacas to survive hot months in the southern hemisphere.
Compared to the market leader, cashmere, alpaca fleece and fur have a smaller environmental footprint and a more sustainable product lifeline. And, by using the highest-quality natural resources, we are creating products with superior water resistance, elasticity and flexibility.
Alpacas have a rich history in South America's Andean mountains, dating back over 6,000 years when their fur was yielded and reserved for Incan royalty. This can be attributed to the the superior features of the alpaca, including warmth, strength and water resistance. Baby alpaca fur has been prized for centuries.
Baby Alpaca fibers, named after the fineness of the fiber, not the age of the animal, are hand-selected for their superior softness.
Alpaca are EXTREMELY ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly. They produce high fiber yields with less food and water resources.
The lightweight and long-lasting fiber has exceptional breathability to keep you comfortable in various climates.
The majority of our pieces are handcrafted with 100% Peruvian pima cotton. Softer and more absorbent than any other type of cotton, Peruvian pima cotton is the world’s finest, prized for its exceptional durability, softness, and brilliant luster. Unlike most commercial cotton, Peruvian pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand. This careful hand-harvesting results in a brilliant white shade of whole cotton, which dyes beautifully and feels soft and smooth against the skin. And, since it’s hypoallergenic, pima cotton is an excellent choice for people with skin sensitivities.
Working with ancient techniques passed from generation to generation, the artisans are able to transform their families and communities, using their unique handiwork as a bridge to economic independence.