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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
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (7)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Warm (5)
  • Stylish (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual wear (4)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        75% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels too short

         

        Feels true to length

         

        75% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too long

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (7), Classic style (5), Comfort-oriented (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7), Yes (4)

    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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    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

    (1 of 1 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

      (0 of 1 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
           
          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

              (3 of 3 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

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    fabulous colors but wished it heavier

                    By wife

                    from m ontréal canada

                    About Me Classic, Comfort-oriented, Practical, Trendy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • High Quality
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Not Warm

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear
                    • Everyday
                    • Going Out
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                    wished same coloring but much heavier whool to provide much needed heat here in canada's winter.

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

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Not as pictured

                    By prxbill

                    from El Paso, TX

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                          Color online seemed to me to be a contrast of greens and whites. The actual product I received was more like browns against beige, not nearly the contrast implied. Otherwise a decent, warm, sweater.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Itchy!

                          By jennj

                          from Seattle

                          About Me Comfort-oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • High Quality
                          • Warm

                          Cons

                          • Itchy Material

                          Best Uses

                          • Formal Events

                          Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                          Very nice sweater but very itchy.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          quality and functionality as defined

                          By Dina

                          from Suva, Fiji

                          About Me Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • High Quality
                          • Warm

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                              good for what it is meant for chilly weather and in the cold

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

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