Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Profile: Alicia Adams Alpaca

A throw from the Alicia Adams Alpaca Collection
I am not sure where I first happened upon the beautiful alpaca throws created by the worldly chic Alicia Adams , but I am so glad I did. Not only are they sumptuous and luxurious, but they are renewable, and made in the U.S.A.!
Alicia and her husband Daniel moved from their home in Germany to the Hudson Valley to start a farm to raise Alpacas. Alpacas are closely related to Llamas and Vicunas and are originally from the Andes mountain area. Alicia began her business of making throws, shawls, and scarves from the wool which is so fine it is known as "Andean Gold".

Alpaca
Ever curious, I had to find out more about Alicia and Daniel, who heads up the breeding farm where the soft alpaca wool comes from. I wrote to them to ask a few questions, which Alicia very kindly answered:

The beautiful Alicia Adams and Friend

Alicia, how did you get your start in the alpaca business, what was your inspiration?

The intitial idea was to grow grapes for wine and olives in either Australia or the U.S.. My husband Daniel traveled to Australia to look at potential vineyards but cam across alpacas for the first time. We then researched the breeding side of the business and became hooked on the idea of breeding these fascinating and mystical animals that were holy to Incan royalty. Out foundation herd consisted of 15 alpacas. Today our herd counts over 200 suri alpacas. Alicia Adams Alpaca, the textile arm of the business, started as a hobby.

Throws come in a number of natural colors and herringbone patterns


I know you had an international upbringing in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. Can you fill us in on your experiences and what that was like?
I was born in Germany, but brought up in Mexico City, so I feel very Mexican, but am also proud of being German. My father is Mexican, my mother is Austrian. My family lives between Mexico, Switzerland, England and Germany. Growing up in so many places, especially in such different cultures has taught me to be open minded, tolerant, and very outgoing. I enjoy meeting new people and listening to their stories. I still love exploring new places and travel extensively, given that we have three young children and a farm and two businesses to run.

Gorgeous Taupe Throw

You moved to the Hudson Valley from Bavaria. Can you tell us how that evolved and how the Hudson Valley became your home?

When we started breeding alpaca, we were torn between doing this in Australia of the U.S.. Because of the logistic and practical reasons, we decided in favor of the East coast.

The Hudson Valley, and especially the Millbrook / Dutchess County area is just beautiful, and conveniently located about 90 minutes from New York City - where it all happens. Yet, we are far enough from the city for our children to grow up running around the farm with lots of space and animals. We have made many wonderful friends from all parts of the world and consider this our home.

What does a typical day look like for Alicia Adams?

Getting our three children ready for the day and driving them to school. If I have time I go to my yoga class, which I love and then I'll go straight to the office. After following up with all my messages and emails, I like to check on the alpacas. My husband and I usually have lunch together and after working a little more, i transform into "mommy" again, picking up the kids, running to after school program, homework, dinner, the works! I consider myself being very lucky to share this life with my husband. Once everyone is happy, I'll g back to my desk and finish off undone work. A couple of day a week, I spend in the city.

What/who inspires you?

My husband Daniel inspire me. Over the years, I've learned so much from hm, I admire his energy, his way of tackling problems and "let's roll up our sleeves and get it done" attitude. Thanks to him, my vision for Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. turned into a real business and we both take pride in the huge success. i also love the fact that thought my business, I can share my vision and educate people about the wonderful qualities and characteristics of alpaca wool.

Cozy and elegant Alpaca Cape

How would you describe your own personal style?
My style is very simple, elegant and feminine.

What is happening next?
I would like to expand our home collection. New colors for throws, perhaps upholstery fabric. We are also launching a line of overcoats for men, women and children as well as some fun winter accessories.


The new barn at the Farm

Just for fun, what color are you and why?
Definitely cream: soft elegant and adaptable!

What is on your nightstand?
Several arts and crafts projects of my children, many unread books and a big bottle of water.

What is your favorite place to shop and why?
Hmmmm.....I don't have one particular place but I do love casual yet classic style of J. Crew and Anthropology. When I find the time, i like strolling around small boutiques in downtown NYC.

What is your favorite place to escape?
Any beach will do, especially Mexican ones - yoga retreats on the beach.

Alicia Adams with a new member of the family
Alicia Adams Alpaca products are currently available in 30 of the finest retail stores in the US as well as selected stores in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Turks and Caicos, Switzerland, Turkey and Belgium.
For more information about Alicia Adams Alpaca collection, click on over HERE.
And to see more of those adorable alpaca babies, click over the the Farm HERE.

9 comments:

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

It is always inspiring to hear of people who have successfully followed their dreams. So interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Lovely Home said...

Welcome Katie (:
Thank you very much for your kind email him.

So with alpaca wool is known to be very soft and delicate to the touch
A sweet animals from the mouth a bit like a camel or a llama with us, it is the fashion for these animals, you can buy them for breeding at home.

These beautiful scarves and entered the page I saw a nice set for a small child in a basket, a perfect gift ...
I greet you cordially
Patricia
Remarkable that the whole family together took this interest but I think that would otherwise have been unable to succeed.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I spent my summers growing up right near where she is. SO glad to see her beautiful products, I will be in touch with her next time I go up there. thanks!!

Lila said...

What a great couple. we're lucky to have alpaca breeders in our community and they are hard workers!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

Nancy@marcusdesign said...

Great post, makes me want to cozy up with one of those throws!
P.S. LOVE the herringbone!

mary said...

This a fascinating story. The farm is so beautiful and peaceful and those alpaca eyes! To follow your dreams is not as easy as Alicia makes it sound--bravo to them!

Karena said...

Katie, Alpaca just feels so good, Love all of your images.

Karena
Art by Karena

Josh Urso Design said...

What a wonderful interview with such a lovely person! We love her products and her story is fascinating. And those alpacas are just too cute. Nice blog! We're looking forward to reading more.

The Muddy Dog said...

It's lovely that they are following their dream, and producing such a gorgeous product here in the US! We are lucky to have them here. Thanks for a great story, Katie! Susan