Samantha Holmes founded her label in Scotland in 2003 as a boutique lifestyle brand, now renowned for its exclusive, handcrafted clothing and home textiles made from luxuriously soft natural fibres.
Discover the timeless, understated beauty of Alpaca clothing and accessories at Samantha Holmes. Ethically made, supersoft, hypoallergenic and weightlessly warm. Give your cashmere a break and try alpaca wool instead.
Since 2003, Samantha Holmes has been clothing happy customers around the world in luxury alpaca scarves and shawls, sweaters and cardigans, cosy knitted hats and gloves. Newborn babies have grown up with exclusive alpaca baby blankets, booties, baby mittens and socks. Each piece is beautifully made using finest micron alpaca wool by our skilled artisans in Peru.
We also provide a bespoke alpaca fur throw and rug service. Our stunning fur rugs have travelled as far as Baku in Azerbaijan and the Blue Mountains in Australia.
Our collections are sold by exclusive independent boutiques throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Samantha developed her interest in luxury fabrics more than a decade ago, while working for an international company importing cashmere from Nepal. This led her to Alpaca which, although less well known than cashmere, is equally beautiful. Buttery soft and with no lanolin content, Alpaca is also ideally suited to sensitive skins.
Samantha first travelled to Peru in 2003 to find the small artisan groups who have helped her produce her exclusive collections.
The Alpaca fur used in Samantha Holmes products is ethically sourced. The Alpacas from which the skins are removed are not killed for their fur.
There is a tradition in Peru which has developed as a result of the death of weaker and very young Alpaca in the harsh Andean Winters. Alpaca roam freely in their natural terrain on the Altiplano of the Andes where temperatures can plummet in the Winter. The fur Samantha Holmes sources is from younger alpaca which have died of natural causes.
The farmers do not kill their baby alpacas for their skins because it is not financially viable for them to do so. Alpacas can live for 20 years, promising a lifetime of shearing potential of far greater value than a single skin.
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