Ever curious, I had to find out more about Alicia and Daniel, who heads up the breeding farm where the soft alpaca wool comes from. I wrote to them to ask a few questions, which Alicia very kindly answered:
The beautiful Alicia Adams and Friend
Alicia, how did you get your start in the alpaca business, what was your inspiration?
The intitial idea was to grow grapes for wine and olives in either Australia or the U.S.. My husband Daniel traveled to Australia to look at potential vineyards but cam across alpacas for the first time. We then researched the breeding side of the business and became hooked on the idea of breeding these fascinating and mystical animals that were holy to Incan royalty. Out foundation herd consisted of 15 alpacas. Today our herd counts over 200 suri alpacas. Alicia Adams Alpaca, the textile arm of the business, started as a hobby.
Throws come in a number of natural colors and herringbone patterns
I know you had an international upbringing in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe. Can you fill us in on your experiences and what that was like?
I was born in Germany, but brought up in Mexico City, so I feel very Mexican, but am also proud of being German. My father is Mexican, my mother is Austrian. My family lives between Mexico, Switzerland, England and Germany. Growing up in so many places, especially in such different cultures has taught me to be open minded, tolerant, and very outgoing. I enjoy meeting new people and listening to their stories. I still love exploring new places and travel extensively, given that we have three young children and a farm and two businesses to run.
Gorgeous Taupe Throw
You moved to the Hudson Valley from Bavaria. Can you tell us how that evolved and how the Hudson Valley became your home?
When we started breeding alpaca, we were torn between doing this in Australia of the U.S.. Because of the logistic and practical reasons, we decided in favor of the East coast.
The Hudson Valley, and especially the Millbrook / Dutchess County area is just beautiful, and conveniently located about 90 minutes from New York City - where it all happens. Yet, we are far enough from the city for our children to grow up running around the farm with lots of space and animals. We have made many wonderful friends from all parts of the world and consider this our home.
Getting our three children ready for the day and driving them to school. If I have time I go to my yoga class, which I love and then I'll go straight to the office. After following up with all my messages and emails, I like to check on the alpacas. My husband and I usually have lunch together and after working a little more, i transform into "mommy" again, picking up the kids, running to after school program, homework, dinner, the works! I consider myself being very lucky to share this life with my husband. Once everyone is happy, I'll g back to my desk and finish off undone work. A couple of day a week, I spend in the city.What/who inspires you?
My husband Daniel inspire me. Over the years, I've learned so much from hm, I admire his energy, his way of tackling problems and "let's roll up our sleeves and get it done" attitude. Thanks to him, my vision for Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. turned into a real business and we both take pride in the huge success. i also love the fact that thought my business, I can share my vision and educate people about the wonderful qualities and characteristics of alpaca wool.
Cozy and elegant Alpaca Cape
How would you describe your own personal style?
My style is very simple, elegant and feminine.
What is happening next?
I would like to expand our home collection. New colors for throws, perhaps upholstery fabric. We are also launching a line of overcoats for men, women and children as well as some fun winter accessories.
The new barn at the Farm
Just for fun, what color are you and why?
Definitely cream: soft elegant and adaptable!
What is on your nightstand?
Several arts and crafts projects of my children, many unread books and a big bottle of water.
What is your favorite place to shop and why?
Hmmmm.....I don't have one particular place but I do love casual yet classic style of J. Crew and Anthropology. When I find the time, i like strolling around small boutiques in downtown NYC.
What is your favorite place to escape?
Any beach will do, especially Mexican ones - yoga retreats on the beach.