From London to the New Forest: A Journey with Alpacas. How I followed my herd.

From London to the New Forest: A Journey with Alpacas. How I followed my herd.

Growing up in North London my love for animals was undeniable. I wanted to rescue everything I saw! However, in later years, beyond occasional visits to petting farms with my daughter, I hadn’t really encountered any alpacas. That all changed when we moved out of bustling London and settled in the serene New Forest. Our newly acquired land presented an opportunity to enhance it both biodynamically and aesthetically.

Cows, sheep and horses, while undeniably wonderful animals, didn’t quite fit the vision. Instead, alpacas captured our hearts. Nine female Huacayas joined our little corner of the world, three of them pregnant. Their calm and quiet nature enchanted me, and soon, I was utterly obsessed.

The turning point came during shearing season. As the fleece fell away, its true beauty emerged. I’d always toyed with the idea of creating something from the alpaca fibre, but now I knew—I had to craft something special. And so, Herd Alpaca Apparel was born, celebrating the elegance and softness of these remarkable animals. Now, exquisitely designed, limited edition luxury knitwear made from the fleece of our own and our friends alpacas is the ultimate passion.

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