Our Story

Designer and Entrepreneur,Carina Hildebrandt, established her eponymous label of luxury 100% Baby Alpaca and 100% Organic Cotton knits in 2006, which are sustainably and ethically produced in her artisanal workshop in Peru. Today the collection is known for its refined, understated style, rich colour palette and unique combination of textures.
Carina’s love affair with textiles and colour began at an early age. Growing up in the
vibrant hub of Hong Kong, she spent summers trawling fabric markets in Rajasthan, India and travelling across the Far East and South America with memorable moments in Tibet and Nepal where she and her mother discovered and treasured different cultures and their rich heritages.

Trusting her instincts, Carina travelled alone to Peru and began experimenting.
By 2010, she took the bold step to single-handedly set up her own workshop. With sustainability and ethical working practices at the core of her business, Carina and her team developed a unique finishing technique to apply to the highest grade raw Baby Alpaca and Organic Cottons used in her collection.

This labour intensive, hands on process allowed Carina to experiment on the yarns giving them an incredibly soft, textured touch that lasts. Carina’s collection has grown organically with the business since its launch and she now sells globally to a dedicated clientele spanning the US, Germany and Scandinavia. The collection now extends to include homewear, which nods to Carina's interior design diploma. Mens and lesiure wear is also growing due to popular demand. 

Carina designs from her studio by the river in Barnes, London and every season visits her workshop in Lima, Peru to finalise the carefully considered detail on each piece.   



We pay the top rate for all our workers as they are so highly skilled, we pride ourselves on keeping our team happy and so they stay with the company for years. Their journey to work is a pleasant one as our workshop is in a safe part of Lima. Bigger factories tend to be in remote parts which can be dangerous. Everyone takes great pride in their work and our attention to detail we hope is evident in the beautiful pieces we produce.
To gain deeper insights into the origins of our yarn, explore our yarn factory, Inca Tops here.