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Packing for your winter trip in Style

Packing can be a challenge this time of year. Whether you’re traveling thanks to a hiatus from work or school, you need to stay warm (without wearing the same outfit every day), and you have to fit all your heavy winter clothes into a small suitcase. To help you out, we’ve compiled tried-and-true tips to ensure that your winter packing will be a breeze from here on out.

1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes on the plane. 

  • The Mia cape:  is like wearing your favorite blanket.  It is comfortable and will keep you warm and looking chic. Wear with leggings for easy movement. 

    2. Pack versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched and you can build the wardrobe around that.  Avoid packing items that crease easily.

    • The Nadia pullover:  Can go from day to evening very easily.  Wear with jeans during the day and a knife pleated skirt in the evening.

    3. Two words: Hat and scarf

    • The nadia hat:  Is a neutral color that can be worn a lot of different pieces.
    • The nadia scarf:   Cut the chill and stay warm. It can be mixed and matched with multiple outfits. 

    4. Finally, try to pack no more than three or four pairs of shoes. It might seem impossible, but a pair of boots, heels, sneakers, and flats will easily see you through a couple weeks.  (boots are bulky wear those on the plane)

     

    Happy Travels! 

     

     

    COZY SWEATERS YOU'LL WANT TO LIVE IN THIS FALL!

    Who doesn't love a cozy sweater?

    They are exactly the kind of thing people get "excited" about wearing during fall. 

    Knowing you want to look stylish and not over loaded, balance is key.  Here are a few of our different types of sweaters to help you build your winter wardrobe.  

    There is no better feeling than wearing a really great quality knit!   

          1. The Sacha v-neck pullover - Hand made in Peru, extremely soft, & will be your go to sweater.
          2. The Isa cropped pullover- Hand made in Peru, extra soft. Wear it with a slim button-down shirt.
          3. The Nadia cowlneck pullover- softest of the alpaca yarns.  A style that always fits just right!
          4. The Mia cape- Hand made in Peru -Wrap yourself in luxury and softness.
          5. The Ines pullover- Hand made in Peru- Picture yourself in front of a fire, it is snowing outside... should we say more?
          6. The Amira pullover- The Graphic color blocked crewneck is a perfect layering piece. 

    Cute & Quirky- Facts about alpaca.

     

    Without getting too scientific, Alpacas may just be the cutest of all the Camelidae family.  Related to the Llamas, Guanacos and Vicuñas, Alpaca have been valued for its fiber since pre-Incan times due to the properties and luxury quality of its hair.

    Beyond how amazingly cute they are, these creatures have some of the silkiest, most versatile fibers. Their luxurious fiber has been described as "stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton and better-breathing than thermal knits."

    A lot of people ask,  "Is baby alpaca from a baby animal?"  The answer is NO.  It refers to the fiber density or diameter of the yarn.  Just like cashmere,  the finer the diameter and longer the fiber (staple) the softer, silkier and less pilling of the yarn.  

    Alpaca fiber has around 15 natural shades and once the alpaca are shorn, which happens once a year, the fibers are hand sorted.  The women or men have these skills passed down from generations to be able to separate these fibers by hand based on their diameter.  

    You have to feel these sweaters to truly understand how soft and comfortable they are.  

    Once you put one on, I promise it will be your go to sweater! 

     

    Knowledge, Appreciation, Craft and Heritage
    3 key takeaways the next time you buy a garment.

    As you probably know, the fashion industry is one of the largest consumers of water and waste, plus at times having humanitarian issues.

    Fast fashion operates on a business model of low quality/ high volume. They are concerned with the bottom line and consumers' desire for new clothing to wear every few weeks.

    Some key thoughts about your clothes and how important your purchasing power is in fashion.  

    Knowledge:  

    1. Who and where were your clothes made?  
    2. What fibers were used to make your clothes? 
    3. Is there an environmental mission within the company? 

     Appreciation:

    1. Look closely- are there details in the design? 
    2. Were there quality and sustainable fibers used? 
    3. Is the construction of the garment well made?

    Craft and Heritage: 

    1. Is there a social mission?
    2. As a tool for positive change within a culture.  Working with artisans helps support their family/children. 
    3. Is there giving back to communities?

      At Callina, there is dedication to our artisans whose amazing skills hand craft each garment.  These timeless pieces have rich culture, luxurious quality and craftsmanship with a true soul behind the work.  

      *With each purchase you support eco-friendly and artisan made knitwear.  

       

      Transparency

      Today people want to know how and where their products are made.  Living in California, we are surrounded by organic, recycling, water conservation, and concern over our environment.  At Callina, sustainability and ethical sourcing comes naturally to us and is our core ethos. We care about people, our environment, and it comes back to caring for - our customer-you- part of the Callina family.  

      This is the process of our collections being made in Peru-