- Alpaca Gifts
Founded in 2003 in Scotland, the Samantha Holmes label is one the longest established lifestyle alpaca clothing brands in the UK.
The company is still owned and run by Samantha Holmes from her home on the west coast of Scotland. Originally an Art and Languages graduate from Edinburgh University, Samantha found her first inspiration for luxury fabrics and traditional craftsmanship in Nepal from where she imported cashmere from a small hand weaving cooperative. But it was on discovering alpaca, that she found her niche. Samantha travelled to Peru to make contact with small producer groups, most of whom she still works with now and together they continue to produce an exclusive collections of handcrafted luxury gifts, fashion accessories, Alpaca babywear, Alpaca clothing and Alpaca home ware, using only the finest micron baby alpaca wool.
Always passionate about mountainous countries, Samantha continues to work from Scotland which has its own unique textile heritage. This has a strong influence on Samantha’s designs which have moved away from the more rustic ethnic style associated with South American crafts to a classic, uncluttered, more universally appealing look.
Samantha works closely with various small independent producer groups in poor communities. The groups are principally family businesses and individual home workers who, prior to working for Samantha, despite the fine quality of their workmanship, had never made Alpaca clothing products for the British and European markets.
Samantha visits her workers every year and ensures that they are fairly remunerated and work in good conditions.
Samantha is committed to fair trade and whilst her business is not formally registered with the International Fair Trade Association, she adheres closely to the code of practice it promotes. The International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).