Herde de Ferme is a collection of modern, luxury accessories and home décor utilizing alpaca fleece. This incredibly versatile, organic and sustainable natural fiber, handcrafted in the mountains of Peru, is known for its fashionable style paired with unparalleled function.
Founders Dee DelBello and the late Al DelBello shared a great love for animals. Together, they adopted many pets, which today include dogs, peacocks, chickens, guinea hens, llama and alpaca on their farm in New York state. “Herde de Ferme” (farm herd) is an extension of their dream.
With the team: Mauro Adornetto, Peggy and Michael Lichtenstein, Karen Pinto and Dan Viteri, Herde de Ferme has a “Designed in New York and Made-in-Peru” collection of beautiful accessories for you and your home.
Because it’s as soft as cashmere, with an integrity that is warmer and stronger than wool; its fiber is hypoallergenic and maintains a luster like silk; and it creates a lower carbon footprint than any other luxury material.
Dating back to ancient Incan civilizations alpaca living on the plateaus and mountains of Peru, provided a luxuriously soft fleece reserved for royalty only. Because of its versatility and uniqueness alpaca items can be worn 12 months a year. The extremely fashionable fiber can produce a tissue-weight shawl for breezy, warm summer nights or be spun into a chunky knit hat to ward off a chilly winter day.
Due to the high altitudes and harsh winters in the Andes, some of the herd does not survive each year. As a result, fur pelts are collected by the shepherds and sold to the apparel and home décor industries. Incredibly luxurious, alpaca fur can be chic and casual. It comes to us as a result of a natural-occurring event and we are able to create unique fur products that are ethically and sustainably sourced.
We go to great lengths to ensure that our quality and workmanship meet the highest standards deserving of the precious alpaca fiber. Handmade, handcrafted or utilizing the latest design technology, Herde de Ferme knits and furs are hand loomed or hand knitted.
A portion of Herde de Ferme sales goes to benefit Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center, a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Located in Brewster, New York, Green Chimneys has students ranging in age from 5 to 17 facing issues such as depression, trauma and autism-spectrum disorders. The animals play a supportive role in the form of educational and animal-assisted therapy allowing students to thrive while discovering their strengths, developing confidence and coping skills, as they care for the animals. For more information, visit greenchimneys.org