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People

Our artisans are an integral component of the value of provenance. The quality of our garments is centered on the value system of our community.  

Each member of our community of artisans holds to a standard in their work.  Every piece is an opportunity for a personal best.

The commitment to create the garments in the U.S. is critical to the foundation of our company: the exchange of handcrafted products at fair wages, with minimal impact to the environment. We use fiber, yarn, and knitters all from the USA, incurring a minimal carbon footprint when compared to international imports, common with alpaca products. 

Every garment is registered.  We know from which alpaca by name, the fiber came, which knitter, whose hands created the buttons and the heirloom box.  Each heirloom garment is carefully inspected prior to shipment.

The garment comes to you with the complete record of its provenance – a certificate that tells you all about its origin and the people who created it.  The certificate allows you to note the first recipient’s name and to continue to record the lives it may touch in the future.

The Caretakers:  

Benji & Leah McCown:  Susan and David are assisted on Oak Tree Farm by Benji and Leah McCown.  Benji is a ferrier (he shoes horses) by trade, but helps with the alpacas in the mornings and afternoons.  Leah is a nurse.  They have two little ones who show off their Provenance Mill Clothier sweates at every opportunity.

The Veterinarian:  

The alpacas are cared for by Dr. Mike Hepner of the Blue Ridge Animal Clinic in Lexington, Virginia.  Mike has years of experience in caring for all kinds of animals, large and small.  He has taken care of the alpacas at our sister farm, Ore Hill Farm Alpacas for more than a decade.

The Shearer:  

Every spring, all of our alpacas are shorn by Eric Earhart.  Eric is an expert shearer, removing the oh-so-soft fiber of each animal by hand.  We sort the fiber as it comes off each animal.  The luxurious "blanket," taken from sides and back of the alpaca are used to make our sweaters, hats, and booties.  The fiber taken from the neck and legs is felted and used to make blankets which we donate to the homeless.

The Spinner:  

All of our yarns are spun at our private mill located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our yarns are made exclusively from the fiber of the animals lovingly raised at our farm, Oak Tree Farm, and our sister farm, Ore Hill Farm.

The Knitters:  

Each of our sweaters is lovingly hand-crafted by one of our artisans. Read More

The Box-Makers:  

Our heirloom boxes are carefully and individually hand-crafted by Gene Pearson in California and Greg Estey in Massachusetts. Read More