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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
 
3.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (6)
  • Warm (6)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Stylish (3)

Cons

  • Color not as expected (3)

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 (6), Comfort-oriented (5), Classic style (4)
    • 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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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
     
    1.0

    [

    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

            (1 of 1 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

              (1 of 1 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

                  (1 of 2 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

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Color Not as Shown

                  By yobuck

                  from Denver

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Warm

                  Cons

                  • Color Not As Expected

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear

                  Comments about Men's Grecas Alpaca Sweater:

                  I wish I could add a picture to this review because the color is darker than expected nor does it match the picture in the catalog. If I had seen the actual color I would not have ordered it, but since I got it on sale I will not bother returning it. The background tan is more of a brown, think ragg wool. Overall the entire sweater is darker so it's more muted where the reds and patterns do not pop as much as they do in the photographs online or in the catalog. Disappointing.

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

                  (4 of 5 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

                        (2 of 3 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
                         
                        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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