Lacorine Fairtrade Alpaca
At last the fledgling world of sustainable luxury fashion has a royal champion! The Duchess of Cambridge recently attended church in a Dr Zhivago, smoke grey, ethical fur, baby alpaca hat, framing her face like Julie Christie’s Lara, and provoking women the world of over to want to dress like a Russian Tzarina. The hat also catapulted its maker, a little known certified fairtrade fashion house, with the beautifully named Lacorine, onto the world stage and suddenly Fairtrade and ethical fashion is in vogue!
The Duchess of Cambridge Blazes a Trail for Fashion Thrift
Remember that name. Kate teamed her soft, feminine and flattering coronet of ethical fur, with a chic, dark green Sportmax coat, up-cycled from previous public engagements. Just like the queen, she is gaining a reputation for fashionable thrift. See the Duchess of Cambridge wearing the Lacorine grey ethical fur hat below.
We predict far greater interest in ethical fashion, now that is has the royal seal of approval.
A New Age of Conscious Compassionate Luxury Fashion
It was was just the boost Lacorine, a tiny fashion atelier needed, after a falling order book post Brexit. Suddenly, discerning fashion lovers were swifly smitten with the duchess’s sustainable luxury snow queen look, purchased from Lock and Co, the royal hatters, in St James’s, just a hot and a skip from St James’s Palace. The age of conscious, compassionate luxury is upon us, with the prized baby alpaca fur coming from animals that have died naturally, in the midst of a harsh Peruvian winter, rather than being sheared for their precious, soft as a cloud wool.
Preserving Ancient Craft Skills and Creating Fairtrade Luxury
Here at Ethical Hedonist, we have been talking about the idea of compassionate luxury for years, and we are interested to see this capture the collective imagination. It’s good to see the intelligent use of such a precious material, which would otherwise go to waste. By harvesting alpaca fur sustainably, Peruvian farmers can take care of their families, and continue the ancient craft skills needed to work with this precious natural material. Of course, the debate of whether fur can be sustainable will continue. Increasingly, the world’s leading fashion houses, including Gucci, are talking about working with fur that is humanely reared, and uses non toxic vegetables dyes. But surely the most super sustainable use of fur would be road kill or fur harvested from animals that have expired naturally? What do you think?
Each year, Antonia Valentin Jacob, the designer behind Lacorine travels back to her native Peru, where she herself grew up in poverty, before a chance encounter led to a new life in the UK, initially as a nanny, to a wealthy, philanthropic family. Now, Valentin, is able to give back to her own community, through luxury fashion that creates a chain of sustainable good. Each year she return to Peru, to visit and work with the native alpaca farmers, and design her collection in situ, keep alive skills which have been passed down through the generations.
Ethical Fur that Is All About Love and Respect for the Alpaca
She says, “Our clothing is designed by me and handmade in Peru by highly skilled artisans who live in remote villages and use skills that have been passed down through generations. Finding these talented artisans is no mean feat and local knowledge and contacts are key. The fact that I’m from Peru has enabled us to create lasting relationships centred on trust and respect and the love of the alpaca itself. I spend a great deal of time sourcing and designing my collection while on the ground in Peru.”
Alpaca Ethical Fur Wonderland
The Lacorine Sumac fur hats, that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has embraced, come in delicious colours from hot pink to complexion enhancing champagne and snow white. We also love the wonderfully elegant and indispensably chic Lacorine, ethical fur capes, and a stunning alpaca wasted coat which will keep out the cold beautifully until the arrival of spring. Just the thing for a fashion lover who cares that animals are not exploited to make evergreen, head-turning fashion staples fit for a future queen.
To find out more about Lacorine and ethical luxury fashion from Peru – visit their online boutique – Lacorine Ethical Alpaca Fashion
Collection Images courtesy of Lacorine.
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