Alpaca coat – description of the material, care of products and how to choose according to style, manufacturer and cost

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The trend of the fall-winter season 2019 is a coat made of unusual material for Russian residents. It looks like sheep’s wool, but much softer, more refined, nobler. A coat of llama or, in other words, alpaca, is conquering the market and is already hanging in the closet of more than one fashionista. How to choose it, where and for how much to buy, what to wear and combine with, and what kind of material it is?

What is an alpaca coat

Alpaca – an animal from the family of camelids, the closest relative of the llama and vicuna, originally from Peru, lives in the Andes. For a long time, traditional outfits of indigenous peoples were sewed in this mountainous area – a poncho or capes. Then they learned about valuable raw materials in North America and launched industrial production. The hair of animals is very soft, the pile does not climb out of such products, it does not crease, and they are also very comfortable and warm. Other benefits of fabric:

  • light, airy;
  • keeps heat well;
  • hypoallergenic;
  • possesses thermoregulating properties – in the same coat of llama, vicuna or alpaca, you can walk in autumn and winter;
  • dense;
  • wear resistant;
  • non-marking – the fibers do not contain fat;
  • waterproof
  • has a wide range of natural shades (only 22 colors);
  • soft to the touch (like “royal yarn” – cashmere);
  • just look after her.

Girls in a llama fur short coat

Depending on the breed, there are several varieties of this fabric. The properties listed above are inherent in all of them, but in appearance they may differ:

  • wakaya – the most common, similar to a bear;
  • suri alpaca is the rarest and most valuable, hairs are longer and thinner (19-25 microns), slightly wavy at the ends;
  • baby suri alpaca – the highest quality, hair thickness 20 microns, selected from suri.

The thickness of the fiber wool is divided into four categories. It depends on the indicators which things will be made of it (outerwear, hats, scarves). It is worth noting that 100% of the hair of this animal is used extremely rarely, more often – 70% + 30% silk / viscose / other material. What is made of wool depending on the thickness:

  • royal – 19 microns – thin expensive fabric;
  • children’s – 22 microns – suit and coat;
  • especially soft – 25.5 microns – coat fabric;
  • adult – 32 microns – rugs, yarn for knitting.

Models

Heat resistance and thermoregulation of the material allows us to produce both autumn and winter models of outerwear from it. The latter often make fur collars and finishes, which looks very stylish, and is worn very comfortable even on the coldest days. Unlike camel hair, alpaca is susceptible to color, so coats of various colors are released from it. The most popular classic: black and cream, but there are still blue, pink, orange options. Bright fur coats are trending this season, and this affects the rest of the fashion..

The styles are also mostly classic: double-breasted, fitted in shape and semi-fitted, under the belt. They are affected by the fact that the wool of a relative of the South American llama is expensive, because things are sewn for representatives of the elite, ladies who dress with restraint. There are fewer short styles than midi, fewer color options than pastel colors. Nevertheless, the established production of wool in the United States leads to the fact that coats made of alpaca wool cease to be an inaccessible luxury, because designers do not limit their imagination to sizes and use in their work:

  • cut free silhouette;
  • trapezoidal styles;
  • straight cut;
  • three quarter sleeve;
  • models with a hood.

Manufacturers

The wool of a Peruvian animal is very valuable, until recently, few people could afford it, and before mass production, clothes were sewn from it only for individuals of royal blood. This gives unscrupulous manufacturers a very fertile ground for fakes. In order not to be deceived and buy a natural and branded alpaca coat from the factory, you need to know which companies are involved in the production and distribution of these products..

First of all, these are Italian manufacturers: Armani, Versace, Max Mara (Max Mara), Anna Verdi (Anna Verdi). In the 1980s, Armani made a hit out of the hair of an unusual animal: not only a coat, but dresses, wraps, and still uses this material in his collections. Elite products are produced by the Schneider Salzburg joint brand of Germany and Austria and the German Hugo Boss. Domestic firms:

  • Meldes – a company from St. Petersburg;
  • Kroyyork – another manufacturer from Russia;
  • Sinar – Belarusian brand, affordable prices.

Brand women's coat with a hood

What to wear

What to wear a coat of alpaca wool depends on its style and color. In addition, the combination of things depends on the style of each of them. The most versatile black classic products successfully look with almost everything except perhaps sporting things, although fashionistas quite put on shoes such as sneakers, sneakers or sneakers for them. How to wear different styles of outerwear from a South American animal:

  • shortened autumn or spring products are combined with jeans of traditional shades or dark skinny, choose coarse boots or high boots that are fashionable this season;
  • beige, gray oversized midi coats with voluminous collars look perfect with dresses: office, sets of skirts and sweaters, cocktail dresses for an evening out; complement this look with massive handbags;
  • put on minimalistic dark or bright colored things with straight black trousers and leather accessories;
  • winter outerwear with fur looks good with over-the-knee boots on heels or wedges and high boots; underneath you can put on insulated pants and light cocktail dresses (for example, corporate party) – you will not freeze on the street, but you will not suffer from heat in office;
  • a mid-length cocoon cut is put on with a skirt and dress, a case, ankle boots with thin heels; You can complement the image with a small clutch;
  • a short coat can be combined with boots, but only with narrowed trousers or a midi skirt, no mini;
  • checkered items are interestingly complemented by other prints – peas or stripes, but this must be done carefully; if you do not know how, it is better to replace an unusual accessory with a traditional, black color.

Alpaca Coat Care

Although the fabric itself is strong, non-marking, wear-resistant so that it stays that way, you need to properly care for it. This is especially important because alpaca items are expensive and you want them to last as long as possible. Care Rules:

  • do not use chemical agents to fight against moths – in addition to the fact that this insect does not harm alpaca (another advantage of the material!), naphthalene is detrimental to it; if you are still worried about a precious thing, use lavender, cedar and wormwood to protect;
  • do not try to clean the product yourself, especially for white, soft beige, cream and other light shades – it is better to give them a dry cleaning;
  • if you wash yourself – use cold water, and also special means for woolen things;
  • dry without spinning: put on a table or other horizontal plane, wait until the water drains, then move it to an ordinary hanger and dry it;
  • after drying, straighten the villi with a dry brush, iron if necessary on the lining side.

Fashion models

Cost is a stumbling block for any alpaca product, but the benefits outweigh this drawback. What alpaca coats are relevant now, what is the trend and at what price can I buy a thing that will be worn for a long time and not become obsolete either mentally or physically? Should I pay attention to old collections or look only at new trends? The most fashionable alpaca coats below.

Italian

Represented by world famous brands that guarantee high quality. You can order directly from Italy, but delivery will be expensive, so it is better to use the offers of intermediaries. Such brands as, for example, Armani, have official representatives and a Russian-language site. On sale are both classic alpaca coats in natural colors and ultra-fashionable styles in bright colors:

  • Model Name: Armani.
  • Price: 70 000 rubles.
  • Characteristics: female pink oversized, composition 70% alpaka, 30% wool, on buttons.
  • Pros: stylish, warm.
  • Cons: short, from individual preferences: may not like the color.

Armani coats are fashionable, but the Anna Verdi brand is famous for its feminine styles and deep, beautiful shades. You can also order a coat of this Italian manufacturer on the official Russian-language website:

  • Model Name: ANNA VERDI (Mia Blanca).
  • Price: 49 990 r.
  • Features: demi-season outerwear with silver fox fur collar, 75% alpaka, with waltherm insulation, cocoa color.
  • Pros: feminine, midi length, eye-catching shade, warm, collar comes unfastened.
  • Cons: without a collar it looks very simple, without decor.

Straight silhouette with a silver fox collar

Belarusian

The most popular manufacturer is Sinar. Since Belarus is a CIS country, the prices of its firms are lower than those of eminent brands. The quality, however, is not worse, since wool for products is ordered from Turkey and Italy. It is not possible to order on the Internet – on the official website only general information about the company is provided, unless you use the services of intermediaries or watch things in company stores. In the new season, Sinar produces alpaca coats for both business ladies and young girls, but classic models prevail.

  • Model Name: SINAR T-6570.
  • Price: 680 Belarusian rubles (about 19,800 rubles)
  • Characteristics: winter, with a fur collar, to the knees, with a smell, 55% alpaka.
  • Pros: warm, appearance, natural fur (raccoon).
  • Cons: the collar does not close the throat.

SINAR does not produce trendy products, but its traditional styles never go out of the trend – taking into account the fact that the alpaca is worn for a long time, you need to consider the option that the coat will be worn in 2019 and 2020. Nevertheless, youth stylish things can also be to find.

  • Model Name: SINAR T-39001.
  • Price: 174 Belarusian rubles (without discount 348 Belarusian rubles) about 5,050 rubles.
  • Characteristics: white, light over season, 55% alpaka.
  • Pros: fashionable, minimalistic, inexpensive.
  • Cons: white color.

White Medium

German production

There are no stores of the most popular coat brand in Germany Schneider Salzburg in Russia, problems arise with the purchase of Hugo Boss products, and with Escada. You will have to order such a coat only via the Internet:

  • Model Name: Schneider Salzburg.
  • Price: 33 711 r.
  • Characteristics: straight cut, deep purple, autumn, 60% alpaka.
  • Pros: style, quality.
  • Cons: delivery from Germany.

Products of German brands look luxurious. But because of delivery problems, they are recommended for purchase only if the intermediary has a confirmed contract with the manufacturer, or if you yourself are going to Germany. Although, for the sake of such a winter coat, maybe it’s worth:

  • Model Name: Brillant.
  • Price: 77 729 r.
  • Features: 75% alpaka, 25% mohair, premium white fur coat, knee-deep, with a hood.
  • Pros: design, lining.
  • Cons: cost.

Girl in an alpaca coat

Production St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg brand Meldes cooperates with Italy, which speaks about the quality of products, and given that the company is Russian, their things are not difficult to find, either on the Internet or in the store of shopping centers. The new 2019-2020 collection is dominated by bright colors, checkered prints:

  • Model Name: Meldes
  • Price: 30 800 r.
  • Characteristics: double-breasted, checkered, demi-season, with an English collar, 38% alpaka, 38% mohair, 24% wool.
  • Pros: stylish, warm, can be worn with or without a belt.
  • Cons: a small percentage of alpaka.

For those who do not like to stand out, the collection contains restrained shades with less interesting design solutions. Most dark coats are made with fur and lining, available for the winter season:

  • Model Name: Meldes
  • Price: 41 400 r.
  • Characteristics: dark gray, with a belt, to the knees, 78% suri alpaka.
  • Pros: price, very warm.
  • Cons: not found.

Wrap & Belt Model

Winter coat

Outerwear for the winter are supplemented with fur cuffs, collars, a more dense lining. The percentage of alpaca is higher than in demi-season products, since the property of heat stability of a thing becomes especially important:

  • Model Name: ANNA VERDI (Mia Blanca).
  • Price: 49 990 r.
  • Characteristics: winter, with silver fox fur, 75% alpaka, black, to the knees, straight cut.
  • Pros: stylish, warm.
  • Cons: collar leaves throat open.

The higher the percentage of alpaca and the famous brand – the more expensive the product. You can search for alternatives, purchase a no less warm wool coat from the Belarusian manufacturer, which will also warm you in the winter cold:

  • Model Name: SINAR T-6582.
  • Price: 575.94 Belarusian rubles (about 17,600 rubles)
  • Features: black, winter, with fox fur, straight, to the knees, 55% alpaka.
  • Pros: closed collar, retains heat, reasonable cost.
  • Cons: not found.

Black winter from alpaca

Demi-season

The advantages of demi-season coats made of alpaca wool – unlike ordinary jackets, they can be worn until December without being afraid to freeze. And this is without a huge number of sweater sweaters, so it will be not only warm, but also comfortable. Designers offer styles for every taste:

  • Model Name: ANNA VERDI (Mia Blanca)
  • Price: 15 990 r. (no discount 39 990 p.)
  • Characteristics: cream, demi-season, with a smell, on buttons, with a mink collar.
  • Pros: cost, design, 75% alpaka.
  • Cons: open collar.

SINAR offers interesting product options: deep shades and unusual cuts. In addition, although the company does not produce 100% alpaca coats, it clearly does not save on material:

  • Model Name: SINAR T-2843
  • Price: 168 Belarusian rubles (about 5,000 p.)
  • Characteristics: outerwear free cut, no belt, chocolate shade.
  • Pros: 75% alpaka, cost.
  • Cons: not found.

Demi-season direct silhouette

Hooded

A coat with a hood is not much for sale, but a couple of models are in the new 2019-2020 collection from Meldes. The percentage of alpaca is small, but it contains natural wool, so these things will warm you until November:

  • Model Name: Meldes.
  • Price: 24 800 r.
  • Characteristics: demi-season, with a hood, a belt is included, 20% wool, 11% alpaka.
  • Pros: to the knees, closed, checkered print (black and white).
  • Cons: a small percentage of alpaca wool.

There are not many models with a hood on the SINAR website, but the brand is pleased with its design, price and quality. Such a product can even replace a winter down jacket:

  • Model Name: SINAR T-6005
  • Price: 504.6 Belarusian rubles (approximately 14 7000 rubles)
  • Characteristics: brown, autumn, with a hood, 75% alpaka.
  • Pros: long, closed, there is a hood.
  • Cons: not found.

Demi-season with a hood

Alpaca Short Coat

The short coat differs from traditional coats in length: it is above the knees or even reaches only the hips. The advantage of the heat resistance of the coat of a South American animal in this case plays a special role: it does not freeze such important internal organs as the kidneys. This is an unpopular style for alpaca, but a number of manufacturers can find a couple of interesting products:

  • Model Name: SINAR T-6006
  • Price: 459 bel. rub. (about 13,800 p.)
  • Characteristics: white demi-season short coat with a hood, under the belt, 75% suri alpaka.
  • Pros: warm, comfortable, hood.
  • Cons: white color.

Young girls often choose a short coat, because mature women begin to appreciate warmth more than fashion and pay attention to closed long products. Therefore, the new SINAR collection has many trendy styles and interesting solutions at affordable prices:

  • Model Name: SINAR T-5668
  • Price: 188 bel. rub. (about 5,640 p.)
  • Features: black asymmetrical peaked coat, 75% alpaka.
  • Pros: design, appearance, cost, hips.
  • Cons: not found.

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How to choose an alpaca coat

It’s cheap to buy an alpaca coat in Moscow, and in another city of the world, if it is real wool, it will not work, but all of the above properties confirm that it is worth the money. How to choose the right product to wear with joy and pleasure?

  • read the composition carefully: coats made of llama and alpaca are not the same thing, although these animals are “relatives”;
  • choose a coat by the type of figure: compensate for narrow hips with patch pockets, and thin shoulders with a massive collar (you can also use a scarf for this purpose), emphasize the waist with a belt;
  • buying fitted styles, leave a little space, keep in mind that you can hook up not only light golfs and sweaters, but also thick sweaters and sweaters;
  • hide extra pounds and problem areas under a free cut and knee length;
  • use the possibilities of maxi length to emphasize the slimness and elegance of the figure;
  • rectangle girls are advised to take cocoon styles, with stylish cuffs on shortened sleeves worn with high gloves.
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