Alpaca is not very well known in the western world, despite its many formidable characteristics that make it the perfect material for scarves. Alpacas or rather, lama pacos, are South American camelids that are mostly found in southern Peru 12,000 ft above sea level. The Alpaca fiber has a silky, soft touch yet is more durable than cashmere. The fiber has microscopic air pockets that trap heat, so you remain cozy warm in cold weather. At the same time, Alpaca is elastic, lanolin free, hypo-allergenic and hence ideally suited to people who are allergic to wool or cashmere. Furthermore, this medium to lightweight Fort Belvedere Alpaca scarf is perfect for fall temperatures and provides a great value.
We source baby & royal baby Alpaca yarns from the best producers in Peru, which means we only choose fibers harvested when it yields the finest qualities, with thicknesses between 19 - 22 micron. Although this is thicker than the best cashmere qualities, the surface of Alpaca fibers is smoother than cashmere. As such, even the thicker Alpaca fibers are almost as soft as cashmere, but insulate better.
Alpaca comes in 24 natural colors, with white being the most popular because it can be dyed in the most shades. Generally, the natural white fibers are of slightly superior quality, which is why Fort Belvedere only uses white fibers. Since the Alpaca industry is native in Peru, the highest quality Alpaca is sourced there and hence Fort Belvedere sources its Alpaca scarves right in Peru.
All Fort Belvedere Alpaca scarves undergo a special treatment to create a even softer, flannel-like surface. Of course, every scarf is double checked by skilled workers, to assure that you receive a scarf worthy of the Fort Belvedere label.
The striped fabric looks particularly debonair with sport coats as an eccentric accessory.
We extensively tested various scarf sizes to find the right one for you. The most common scarf size is 150 cm x 30 cm/60" x 12", which was simply too short for most men, resulting in insufficent protection. Larger Scottish versions were 180 cm x 35 cm/72" x 14" , and while we found liked the length, the width felt constricting. As such, we settled on an ideal format of 180 cm x 30 cm/72" x 12" for all of our scarves; they now offer the best combination of warmth and coverage.
To ensure you can enjoy your double sided flannel Fort Belvedere scarf for years to come, fold it or hang it; we find folding is the easiest, most convenient way. Our Alpaca is prone to resist wrinkles but you can iron it gently on a low temperature setting to release wrinkles.
Your lightweight striped Alpaca scarf will arrive in a heavy, classic Fort Belvedere gift box for you or your recipient to enjoy. Furthermore, consider saving the box for travel or storage of your purchase.
Fine men's clothing and accessories are our passion. If you have any questions, or need assistance with product selection, please contact us! We are always happy to help you build your wardrobe or choose a unique gift.