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The upcoming holidays are already putting in the
mood. Gina wanted to know about my jacket, which
is a jacket sweater, baby alpaca, feels more like a
jacket — more room, easy to move around in, light
and yet warm. It comes from Peruvian Connection
which is a fairly new establishment here in town at
Columbus Avenue and 76th Street.
We met them through their advertising with NYSD.
Peruvian Connection is a business started by a young
woman named Annie Zander from Kansas getting her
PhD in anthropology at Yale when she discovered the
world of alpaca and the native women who were
creating noble, stylish and practical fashion. That
discovery opened up a new path in the young
woman’s life and led to starting this business now in
its third decade with seven stores — actually eight,
with one opening this weekend in Aspen — and a
multi-million circulation catalogue. It started when
she bought a couple of sweaters as gifts to take back
home, and the response was: More. And so it goes.
Anyway, my personal experience of PC was this sweater jacket, which frankly didn’t appeal personally on
sight. It was a gift which I accepted gratefully but wondered when I’d wear it. After living with me unattended
for two or three weeks, I put it on one chilly day because it was there and easy to take off. Now it’s
almost a compulsive habit.
I have two now and switch just to keep them both in business. I wear it all the time — at my desk, out for
lunch or dinner, taking a nap, wherever. It’s like my security blanket. It’s so practical because it’s like a jacket.
You can even wear it easily over another sweater if it’s very cold or a shirt and tie if need be.
And the other part is I get compliments from both men and women. So since I love my sweater jacket, and
if you don’t know about Peruvian Connection — although I’ve learned millions do know — I’d put a word
in on price, style and quality, the old fashioned way: worth it.
They’ve got a great selection of gifts under $100 for the season also. An example is these suri alpaca fur
slippers. They look a lot like their Vallnord Alpaca fur hat that the Duchess of Cambridge was wearing in
the cold weather.