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Samantha Holmes

Gifts and Home Accessories

Since graduating in Art and Languages from Edinburgh University in 1991, Samantha Holmes has followed a rather diverse career path including event organising, publishing, environmental consultancy and most recently selling Glenmorangie single malt whisky in Africa, Middle East and India. It was during her last employment working for a small international trading company importing cashmere from Nepal where she developed her interest in luxury fabrics and traditional craftsmanship.

This lead her to alpaca which although relatively unknown compared to cashmere, she feels is equally beautiful. Always passionate about mountainous countries, Samantha traveled to Peru to make contacts with small producer groups who have helped her produce an exclusive collection of handcrafted luxury gifts, comprising of fashion accessories, baby wear and homeware. Samantha launched her own Alpaca label in May 2003. She has taken a creative slant on the fibre moving away from the more rustic ethnic designs associated with South American crafts and concentrating on classic, universally appealing designs.

‘Something exclusive and beautifully made by skilled craftsmen. 100% natural. Eco friendly. Ethically produced.’