Ten Thousand Villages and I was provided a product for review.
Alpaca Week wouldn’t be complete without a proper hat. A good, warm hat is imperative to bearing the coldest, darkest winter months because it keeps the heat from escaping from your head, and this Alpaca hat is incredibly cozy. Though we haven’t reached peak frigidity out there yet, I’ve been able to wear it with lighter sweaters for a little added warmth in the evenings, which is much preferred to having to layer on a bulky jacket.
Ten Thousand Villages partners with Peruvian, alternative trade organization Allpa (which means “earth” in the Quechua Indian language) to source Alpaca products like this one. Allpa provides marketing assistance and training to artisans, most of whom rely on their craft as their sole source of income. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from Allpa in 1988, which means their relationship is as old as I am!
Ethical Details: Sweater – thrifted; Hat – c/o Ten Thousand Villages; Jeans – old; Necklace – borrowed from my mom; Boots – thrifted
The Alpaca Hat, which retails for $49.99, is made of soft, thin yarn knit close for maximum wind resistance. I was inspired to create an early ’80s inspired look with high waist jeans, a slightly cropped cable knit sweater, and my mom’s necklace from high school to show off the vintage-inspired fit and slouch of the hat.
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Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.