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Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater

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Indigenous Bolivian craftsman translate grecas—repeating geometric patterns—from the traditional garments of the Tarabuco region in this 3/4-zip pullover. The design is an interpretation of barroco mestizo style, in which indigenous and Spanish cultures have struck an aesthetic balance. This lightweight and cozy 100% alpaca sweater is handknit by artisans in Bolivia.

Made in Bolivia. 100% alpaca. Men’s sizes M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48), XXL (50-52).

Hand-wash or dry clean.

Indigenous people in South America have raised alpaca for its fleece for thousands of years before Europeans learned about the animal and exported alpaca fiber to Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today this domesticated animal is bred throughout the world, but its native habitat is the Andean altiplano: Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Bolivia, and northern Chile.


Descended from the wild vicuña, alpaca resemble a cross between a llama and a sheep. Its fleece is similar to sheep's wool, but is usually softer, less prickly, and has minimal lanolin content, making it virtually hypoallergenic. Its extreme warmth, relatively light weight, and natural resistance to water make alpaca wool an ideal fabric for the frigid winters of the Andean altiplano. These qualities have also led to a rise in the use of alpaca fiber in outdoor gear and active wear, although it is also easily spun into a fine enough yarn for use in suits and other dress wear.


Most alpaca products can be treated as you would an object made of sheep's wool—hand wash using a mild soap and lukewarm water, or dry clean—but check the tag or manufacturer's instructions for specific instructions.


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Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater
 
3.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (9)
  • Warm (9)
  • Comfortable (8)
  • Stylish (8)
  • Breathable (3)

Cons

  • Color not as expected (3)

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (8)
  • Going out (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      75% 

      (9 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      82% 

      (9 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      83% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (10), Classic style (8), Comfort-oriented (6), Stylish (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Why did I wait so long

Phenomenal sweater. I read all the reviews before purchasing and I want to respond to some of the points that caught my attention.

-The sweater is slightly darker in person...Read complete review

Phenomenal sweater. I read all the reviews before purchasing and I want to respond to some of the points that caught my attention.

-The sweater is slightly darker in person compared to the picture.
-The itchiness is very mild and non-existent with an undershirt.
-The sweater is lightweight, but quite warm - not hot. I am often warm, so buying sweaters I can actually wear is a tough task to accomplish.
-I have worn it with a very lightweight undershirt and was comfortable indoors. This is the perfect sweater for wearing under my work coat with a wicking undershirt. When working outdoors I use layering versus a super heavy coat.
-In as manly a way as I can say it - it is very sharp without being over the top and the wife really likes it.
-It is super soft, almost silky feeling.
-I commented it was big in all ways. Not greatly so. From my understanding of wool and alpaca, they may tighten up over time with cleaning. If this happens, it will still fit great. I ordered my usual shirt size of large.
-The only negative I saw is its pricey. But after you wear it a few times, you'll agree it is worth every penny.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful Sweater Not Durable

Wore this sweater one time. After returning home my wife noticed that it already had a pull. Taking to dry cleaners. Afraid to wash it after this. Seems the sweater is very done...Read complete review

Wore this sweater one time. After returning home my wife noticed that it already had a pull. Taking to dry cleaners. Afraid to wash it after this. Seems the sweater is very done with big stitches which causes the sweater to pull easily.

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5.0

Nice

By JS

from NY

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

    Nice, good quality.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Beautiful and would buy again

    By Karen

    from Blaine, Minnesota

    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • High Quality
    • Soft Feel
    • Stylish
    • Versatile
    • Warm

    Cons

    • Does Not Apply

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Going Out
    • Travel

    Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

    My Husband wears this without a jacket in 25 degree weather. He doesn't get cold if not outside too long.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Men's Grecas Sweater

    By Habby

    from Toronto,Canada

    About Me Classic, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality
    • Stylish
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Office

      Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

      I ordered this sweater as a Xmas gift.I am so happy with the quality.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Beautiful sweater, but picks easily

      By Little Redhead

      from Mount Airy, NC

      About Me Classic, High-end shopper, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Stylish
      • Warm

      Cons

      • Lt Weight Than Expected
      • Threads Pull Easily

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Going Out

      Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

      This is a nice looking men's sweater, but lighter weight than I expected. My husband loves it, but after only wearing it a few times I have had to make several repairs. I crochet and know how to tie off lose strands without pulling the fabric or making the hole bigger. However, I should not have to repair a nearly $200 sweater that is brand new. We did keep the sweater.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Just Right

      By California Doug

      from Los Gatos, CA

      About Me Classic, Practical, Stylish

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fits Just Right
      • Great colors
      • High Quality
      • NICE and SOFT
      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Watch Out For Snags When
      • You Put It On

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

      Watch out for snags with your fingers when you put it on!

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A real hit, I really like it.

      By Have no nickname

      from Sweden

      About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • High Quality
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Going Out
        • Travel

        Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

        It is a fine craft, a sweater to enjoy and the delivery was fast

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Sleeve Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        [

        By irek

        from poland

        About Me Classic

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Color Not As Expected

          Best Uses

            Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

            i

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels too big
            • Length:
            • Feels too long
            • Sleeve Length:
            • Feels too long
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            color not even close to what was shown

            By bob

            from Denver, colorado

            Pros

              Cons

              • Color Not As Expected
              • Color Very Different Than

              Best Uses

                Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                I would not have ordered this product with the colors you sent me

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Why did I wait so long

                By Pink Elephant In The Room

                from Sand Springs, OK

                About Me Comfort-oriented, Practical, Quality Is Worth The Mone

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • High Quality
                • Stylish
                • Warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear

                  Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                  Phenomenal sweater. I read all the reviews before purchasing and I want to respond to some of the points that caught my attention.

                  -The sweater is slightly darker in person compared to the picture.
                  -The itchiness is very mild and non-existent with an undershirt.
                  -The sweater is lightweight, but quite warm - not hot. I am often warm, so buying sweaters I can actually wear is a tough task to accomplish.
                  -I have worn it with a very lightweight undershirt and was comfortable indoors. This is the perfect sweater for wearing under my work coat with a wicking undershirt. When working outdoors I use layering versus a super heavy coat.
                  -In as manly a way as I can say it - it is very sharp without being over the top and the wife really likes it.
                  -It is super soft, almost silky feeling.
                  -I commented it was big in all ways. Not greatly so. From my understanding of wool and alpaca, they may tighten up over time with cleaning. If this happens, it will still fit great. I ordered my usual shirt size of large.
                  -The only negative I saw is its pricey. But after you wear it a few times, you'll agree it is worth every penny.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels too big
                  • Length:
                  • Feels too long
                  • Sleeve Length:
                  • Feels too long
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this in another color also!

                  By Super mom

                  from Commack,New York

                  About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, High-end shopper, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Quality
                  • Stylish
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                      I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it! It is warm &cozy for him, and looks great! It is also super soft!

                      • Chest Size:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Length:
                      • Feels true to length
                      • Sleeve Length:
                      • Feels true to length
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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