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TIDBITS

Here, from time to time, we will post items that we hope will inform, amuse or intrigue you. Let us know what you think.

FASHION COMMENTS

In answer to a question, addressed to her column “Here to Help,” about whether socks can be worn with sandals, Vanessa Friedman, chief fashion critic for The New York Times wrote:
“Actually, I think socks with sandals are increasingly less taboo than you might assume for both women and men, though traditional unspoken dress codes may not have caught up to reality. And I am not referring only to places like hipster Williamsburg (Brooklyn). You can blame the rise of normcore or fashion’s fascination with nerd allure – or even the industry’s realization that if they can sell the look, they can sell more socks (the fashion sock is the new It bag) – but designers have been pairing socks and sandals on runways for a while now. Indeed, for women, Miuccia Prada herself is not a bad role model to consider – she loves a sock and a sandal, or a sock and a pump. The key to the look is not to pick the thick tube socks and Birkenstocks of classic ‘Don’ts’ stereotype, but rather a thin anklet and a more delicate shoe, so the net effect is not a visual pull downward. So go ahead: Free the boot!
– Sunday Oct. 8, The New York Times

Another question posed to Vanessa Friedman concerned the “black-tie dilemma” – what kind of handbag to use when evening handbags usually don’t hold very much.
…”To be absolutely honest with you: There is no good solution. I usually so with a bag that can fit a phone and keys and then I decant the most important bits of my wallet into that and just make do…. The best half-way suggestion I have heard comes courtesy of Anita Leclerc, our fashion editor, who points out that there are a number of very pretty drawstring bucket bags available at the moment that can fit a bit more stuff inside but still go with evening wear….”
– Sunday Oct. 29, The New York Times

We suggest our glorious alpaca fur bags that can go any where any time and adapt to the occasion.

BEST DECORATING TIPS

Elle Décor’s recent online best decorating tips of all time reveal that Herde de Ferme home accessories are right on trend. Our woven and fur throws and fur pillows give the layered look that combine fun and function and texture and luxury that are high on Elle Décor’s list. For sumptuous warmth and luxurious coziness, check out our home accessories page.
— By Devin Alessio and Kelsey Kloss, Oct. 5

A HISTORY OF TENDER LOVING CARE

For hundreds of years alpaca have been protected and revered in their native South American countries, particularly in Peru in which Herde de Ferme has established a rapport with many Peruvian artisans and weavers.
Important to the care of alpacas is their yearly shearing when their fleece, which provides not only the finest and most luxurious fiber for weaving, is removed also relieving the alpaca for the warmer months.
It is this reverence and care that have impressed us the most. In particular, we know that the alpaca fur used for some of our products is derived from a humane natural process. Weaker baby alpaca, unable to withstand the severe Andean Mountains winter succumb. It is from these alpaca that pelts are harvested by the natives and which we use for our products.

SAVING A LIFE

The veterinarians at Tufts University School of Medicine Large Animal Clinic captured on video their amazing life-saving efforts for our founder’s baby alpaca who was born with splayed legs. Her name is AllyBee and today she is a happy, normal two year old living with her siblings on their Hudson Valley farm.

HOW TO CARE FOR ALPACA PRODUCTS

When cleaning alpaca, as with all luxury fiber, you will want to pay special attention. Though alpaca is more durable and easier to care for, when compared to cashmere, we recommend dry cleaning for the woven scarves. You may also hand- or machine-wash them in cold water, drying them by air or at the lowest dryer setting.  (We have been very successful in machine washing; remember, do not use bleach). 
  • Alpaca fur accessories, including the hand bags, should be cleaned professionally.
  • For socks, follow the washing instructions as provided on the individual labels.
  • Remember, when cared for properly, your alpaca products will last a lifetime.
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