Aqvarossa is a luxury fashion label founded in Zurich with our design studio in London. We create the finest luxury coats and knitwear with an emphasis on simplicity, quality and sustainability. Each piece is crafted from sumptuous hand selected yarns, including alpaca and merino wool. These are all meticulously sourced by our design team and realised by the carefully chosen producers and partners.
We carefully select our producers and makers to ensure their values are aligned to ours - from small family businesses to fair trade certified producers - through social engagement we support local communities and projects in Peru and beyond.
The fibres used in our garments are natural and biodegradable – biodegradable fabrics leave no trace on this planet once they are no longer being worn.
Made to last
Our pieces are designed to last – they are made from the highest quality materials and produced by skilled craftspeople whose attention to detail mean they can be worn for many years and passed on to the next generation.
It is in London that our creative team is based, headed up by Creative Director Vera Thordadottir previously of Celine and Hussein Chalayan.
From the initial inspiration and designs for each collection to overseeing production and scrutinising finishes in the finest detail, this is where she and her production team ensure that each and every piece is both aesthetically stunning and made in a way that meets their exacting standards.
Our Head Office
From our Head Office in Zurich Christine and her team ensure that though we now have a collection that extends beyond alpaca, the brand is still true to her original ethos of creating a sustainable and conscious luxury fashion brand. Here she oversees the careful sourcing of every single material we use and the close relationships we have formed with the partners and producers who make each collection possible.
Soft grip and subtle shine, hypoallergenic and superbly warming – this is alpaca wool. The Alpaca lives in the South American Andes at over 3,000 meters and is closely related to the lama, the guanaco and the vicuña from the camelid family. Its fur has developed properties that are unmatched worldwide to protect against harsh weather conditions: the fibre is water-repellent and breathable, and even softer and warmer than cashmere. It contains insulating air inclusions, and the length and strength of the fibre guarantees a long life. There are only about four million alpacas worldwide, and the animals are sheared only once a year. Accordingly, their wool is exclusive and expensive. The many nuances of its wool from white to brown and grey to black result in a wide range of natural colours.
Alpacas live in peaceful symbiosis with the mountain population in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Since the topography of the Andes does not allow mass animal husbandry, the farmers keep their animals in small flocks, giving them the best of care and a lot of affection and respect. Even the annual shearing follows the natural cycle to protect the animals from the cold. After all, alpacas are the main source of income and livelihood for their families. In addition and quite honestly, alpacas are unashamedly cool animals! But the harsh climate of the Andes sometimes takes its toll, and unfortunately, not all crias survive the cold periods. All this is part of natural selection; no alpaca is sacrificed for its fur.
Our Makers in Peru
Our knitwear is crafted in Peru by a company run by the amazing Mariela, a family business that was originally founded by her mother in the 70s. Their transparent and sustainable system has been a huge inspiration to AQVAROSSA on our journey, showing the possibilities of a close relationship between economic success and social responsibility. They are Fair Trade Certified with production taking place in Lima, Cuzco, Puno and forty small studios throughout Peru. They work closely with the small scale farmers whose alpaca wool they use and create jobs in otherwise remote regions. This ensures proximity to traditional craftsmanship and promotes the preservation of long held skills passed from generation to generation.
Our Makers in Bulgaria
At the helm of production for our outerwear are mother and daughter duo Anna and Dessy who are located in beautiful Bulgaria. Anna’s wealth of experience going back many decades, first as a designer and later in production mean she is perfectly equipped to ensure each piece is crafted with the utmost attention to detail and care. She now uses this knowledge to champion and oversee a network of trusted small family run factories across her homeland of Bulgaria. These long held relationships mean she is able to specifically choose the appropriate makers for each piece depending on their individual areas of expertise resulting in the finest quality of craftsmanship and finish for every garment.
Our Makers in Scotland
The cloth for one of AQVAROSSA'S best sellers, the Imsouane Coat is made in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This intricate cloth has been made for generations and that is still the case today, with the entire process taking place on the crofts, mills and looms of these remote islands by the traditional artisan methods.