Designer Ally Bee creates beauiful knitwear pieces. Crafted from the natural fibre of the fleece of British alpaca and British Bluefaced Leicester sheep – grown, spun and knitted in Britain, ALLY BEE delivers quality, style and sustainability in every stitch for a deeper lasting luxury.
Each Ally Bee piece is ‘one of few’. Small yarn batches are produced each season for the Ally Bee collection, and reflect the subtle seasonal variations from one year to the next, and become a natural quirk of character in limited production runs. In a time of faster and faster fashion, Ally Bee offers a slower take on style. Exclusivity trumps homogeneity.
For the 2016 collection, Ally Bee alpaca yarns contain at least 80% British-grown alpaca fibre, sourced from smallholdings across England. A small quantity of Falklands Merino wool is included in the alpaca yarns, giving a special sheen and blended to a natural, undyed colour palette, free from chemical dyes so often associated with knitwear. Kind on the environment, kind on the wearer – the benefits are beyond the sartorial.
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Alpaca is arguably the most environmentally friendly natural fibre in the world. Alpacas are low impact grazers, they consume less than sheep and do not tear up the top soil like other livestock, and each year produce a rich lustrous fibre. An incredibly durable yarn, the fibre has special thermal properties due to its micro air pockets. in the cold the fibres contract to keep in warmth, and when the weather warms the pockets expand for breathability. Naturally hypoallergenic and containing no lanolin, alpaca stands out as a renewable, eco-friendly yarn with a gentler touch on our strained planet.
Ally Bee alpaca yarn is spun in Dorset in a small mill run by mill owner, Phil Allen, who took up the challenge of spinning a yarn both fine and robust for commercial knitwear manufacturing. Machinery at the mill has been sourced – and salvaged – from long established mills from Bradford to Biella in Italy and recalibrated to best handle the fine hairs of alpaca. For the Ally Bee knitwear collection, superior portions of alpaca fleece are carefully sorted from the annual clip collected from herds in the region, with only the best fibre going through the 11-step spinning process to achieve a superbly soft yarn.
Small Scale Production.