About

 

My name is Laurie Bessems and I graduated with a first class honours degree in BA Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textile at Nottingham Trent University. Part of my collection was exhibited at London Graduate Fashion Week 2016 and I decided to launch my own brand in 2017. 

I’m passionate about making things myself with care and patience. Crochet and knit techniques therefore appeal to me and I am also very aware that customers are looking for alternatives when it comes to luxury pieces. My yarns are locally sourced and the main material is Alpaca mixed with silk. The yarn I've used in my collections is spun in Peru and Belgium, the fibre come from small farms

 

Our Story

Hand knitted and hand made

 

Traditional craftsmanship is the source of inspiration for our collections.

Our designs follow the materials and the unique qualities of the textiles. 

The collections are a mix between hand knitted/crochet and 

machine knitted pieces, but the machine knitted pieces are still made 

and finished by hand. The pieces are individual works of art.

 

Slow Fashion - Fair - Local - Ethical - Sustainable - Social - Timeless - Honest

 

Locally sourced and locally produced

 

It is our goal  to produce close to the source:  the animals.

To minimize the carbon footprint in the production process, every step

happens as close to the next one as possible. For our hand knit yarn label we

sourced Alpaca fleece from Limburg (NL). The yarn is treated and spun 

in Belgium, just across the border. Our hand knit yarn will be available

for purchase on this website.

Accessories and Atelier

 

Our collections have two parts; accessories & Atelier. The accessories will be sold in our webshop and in selected stores. The Atelier pieces will be made to order, only selected styles will be available for direct purchase in our webshop.

PACABAMBA

Materials

Alpaca

 

Alpaca is known to have one of the most luxurious natural fibre fleece on earth. The hollow structure of the fibre is one of the unique qualities, which protect the alpaca from the harsh Peruvian Andes weather. 

 

There are two types of alpaca: the suri and the huacaya. Suri alpaca  produces a rare beautiful fibre unlike that from any other animal, it is long and silky, bright and curly. Suri and huacaya are  shorn once a year, between April and June. Huacaya alpaca has a short fluffy, woolly and dense fleece, which is water-resistant. Alpaca naturally repels bacteria and odours and is both hypo-allergenic and lanolin-free. There is therefore no need to use high temperatures or harsh chemicals while washing during the production process.

 

 Alpaca has been considered a treasure of the Andes Mountains

 

Mixing with silk

 

For extra strength and durability of the yarn, mulberry silk is combined with alpaca during the spinning process. Silk gives a luxurious feel and a glossy shine to our yarns. The color of the silk is slightly lighter, which creates  a   luminous glow. It adds more depth to the knit structure and makes our garments last longer.

 

 



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Camel

 

There are two types of camel wool; the outer protective layer is called guard hair, and the fine and fluffy shorter fiber of the undercoat. Camel fibre has got a beautiful natural golden tan.

We collect our camel hair from two-humped Bactrian camels in Central Asia, who shed their hair over a couple of weeks in the spring. During this time, camel hair fibre is collected naturally by combing, shearing and simply collecting the hair that has fallen off their bodies.  The hair is very s  oft and cozy and similar to cashmere.

The hair is famous for its thermostatic properties which can protect the animal from the extreme cold conditions as well as keeping it cool in the hot desert. 

Camel Hug

Cashmere

 

This special yarn comes from rare fibers found in the undercoat of cashmere goats. Cashmere has got unique properties and is known to be one of the finest, softest and warmest types of fibre. Cashmere goats live in Mongolia, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Kashmir. Cashmere goats originated from Himalaya, known for its  harsh climate. Extreme weather with pouring rain, heavy storms ,snows and forceful wind, as well as big temperature changes. The goats are protected by their special fur.

Cashmere is known to be very durable so garments can be worn for many years. It's insulation capacity is three times higher than wool.  

 Jelle Visser

Care

 

We rarely wash our knits, washing can damage the pieces.  

We recommend dry clean instead. But if you really want to wash your piece be very careful!

 

Hand Wash 

 

  • Gently hand wash in lukewarm water with special wool soap or baby shampoo.
  • Too much friction will damage the fibre.
  • Rinse well.
  • Wrap in a towel to remove excess water.
  • Dry flat and reshape whilst damp.
  • Dry naturally – it will take 24 hours to air dry properly - NOT on direct heat source such as a radiator for instance.
  • DO NOT tumble dry.
  • DO NOT iron

 

DO NOT wash items with leather of fur!