From work to play our envelope clutch doubles as a tech case along with our leather pouch, perfect for headphones, cellphone and some cash.
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.