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Keeping You Warm with Alpaca Wares

Keeping You Warm with Alpaca Wares

Fall has finally fallen! After a long summer of beautiful, warm weather, we are so happy to welcome cooler temperatures back into our lives. But, with cooler temperatures we have to put away our summer shorts and start to bundle up. Here at the shop, we’ve been preparing for just that. We’re so excited to show you our line of alpaca products designed to keep every member of your family cozy enough to last through winter. 

Alpaca Reversible Wrap

Whether it’s in the pumpkin patch, apple picking, or touring a vineyard, if you’re someone on the go, you can take the warmth of super-fine alpaca wool with you wherever your autumnal adventures take you. Made from both baby alpaca fiber and super-fine alpaca fiber, the softness of these wraps will surprise even the most seasoned connoisseur of alpaca products.


 These reversible wraps come in a stunning variety of colors to match your wardrobe no matter the time of year. You can take a look at the ten different color combinations such as Renaissance Rose or Caramel right here. The Alpaca Reversible Wraps are perfect for keeping warm and showing off a bit of color. You could pair it with a belt and wear the Alpaca Reversible Wrap all day with hands free warmth. However you choose to style your Alpaca Reversible Wrap, you’re sure to find it’s softness and warmth a mainstay all season long. 

Alpaca Throw Blankets

What would Autumn be if not for nights snuggling by the fire wrapped up in your favorite blanket? Our Alpaca Throws are sure to be your new favorite blanket to snuggle up with. It’s generous 50 x 70 inches is large enough to make sure every toe is snuggled up with you or to share with that special someone. Made from fine Alpaca fibers, it’s soft to the touch and sleek enough for home decoration. 


Beyond keeping you warm all season long, these Alpaca Throw blankets will look great with furniture or adding an extra layer at the end of your bed. We offer 18 fine color configurations such as Southwest or Cranberry, that can add a pop of color to any room or mesh with your refined color palette. Our Alpaca Throw blankets are a must-have for fall and winter. 

Alpaca Plush 

New to the shop we have some very cuddly friends joining us this fall. Our Alpaca Wool Bear, Alpaca Wool Lion, and Alpaca Wool Sheep are a cuddly dream come true for your little one or simply to collect for yourself. Each of these beautiful Alpaca Plush companions are made of 100% Baby Alpaca Fiber. Each one is handmade in Peru and as unique as the special young person in your life. It’s not too early to think about gifts as the holiday season is approaching just around the corner. These unique pals would make the perfect present to snuggle all season long. 


The Alpaca Wool Lion and Alpaca Wool Bear come in both a large and small variety to better give appropriately sized hugs. You or a young person in your life will love having these adorable and warm Alpaca Plush toys for this fall and beyond.

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh my! Product Showcase

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh my! Product Showcase

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh my!

Colder weather is knocking at our doorstep here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. October comes with gorgeous autumnal hues that inspired our showcase collection. From Vases and Pitchers crafted in England to Le Jacquard French Linens, this showcase remembers warmer weather and channels our inner animal, inspired by fall colors and the wildlife around us. 

Handmade Pitchers

From the heart of the safari and hand-crafted in England, this Lion Pitcher could be the perfect addition to your pride. The iconic color of the lion is exactly what draws us to its friendly warm face, hand-painted by artisans. Sturdy and durable, the pitcher is chic enough for display and tough enough for everyday use. The collection has seven different animal friends for you to collect such as the Black Bear, Fox, Zebra, and more.  These stoneware pitchers hold a generous 13.5 fluid ounces and are a perfect match for any juice, cream, or syrup. No matter which you choose to take home, these are sure to put a smile on your face. 

Deer head Utensil Holder and Vase

One of the more show-stopping sights you can spot while out for a walk during the fall is seeing a stag in the woods. Now you can have a stag of your own right in the comfort of your home. This Vase and Utensil Holder elevates the mundane into a fun, but elegant, addition for any kitchen, dining room, living room, or guest room. Guests are sure to love the numerous ways to make antlers for your new addition. Try pairing the ceramic head with flowers, twigs, or even pasta. The possibilities are endless and it’s so easy to make this piece your own. 

Planche Animaliere Safari by Le Jacquard Francias 

Since 1888, Le Jacquard Francais has been a staple for quality in linens and this 100% Cotton Kitchen Towel is no different. Inspired by Scientific Illustration, the Plance Animaliere Safari series offers realistic renditions of African Wildlife. The colors remind us of warm cinnamon, crisp fall leaves, and the warmth of the African Savanna. The Planche Animaliere Kitchen Towels come in Orange (pictured), Sun, and Sand. These are easy to clean with the capability to be machine washed and dried, for a soft, fluffy almost terry-like texture.  As you hunker down for the fall, carry a touch of the wild-side with you with these Le Jacquard Francis Planche Animaliere Safari Kitchen Towels. 

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Our Picks: Le Jacquard Francais 2015 Winter Tablecloth Collection

Our Picks: Le Jacquard Francais 2015 Winter Tablecloth Collection

We love all that autumn brings to us in air, colorful leaves, lots of social events around the county with family and friends. It also means more beautiful linens from Le Jacquard Francais are arriving in the shop. You can purchase the new 2015 collection here on our website. Here is a sneak peek to get you going!



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