At Callina, we believe in a better way
Starting with a simple mission—we believe luxury fashion can be sustainable and have a positive impact on the communities and cultures in which we collaborate.
Each piece you own tells a story. Our garments are designed with the finest sustainable fibers, crafted by master artisans, and constructed with impeccable attention to detail.
You'll feel good about investing in clothing that makes you feel natural, comfortable and confident, and supports income-generation opportunities in remote communities working to preserve artisan traditions. Through clean lines, timeless designs, and modern shapes, Callina helps you consciously curate a wardrobe that captures your authentic spirit, unique style and personal values.
A promise to preserve traditional artisan techniques
Our alpaca pieces are made by artisans in Peru, with one of the longest histories of textile production in the world.
The softness is irresistible
Sustainable luxury sourced with ethical and environmentally sound alpaca yarn.
Baby alpaca fibers, made from the adult animal, are sorted by their diameter (micron count) and offer the finest and softest classification of alpaca fibers. All of our fibers are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified with no harmful dyes or chemicals.
You'll feel the difference of this luxurious fiber against your skin.
Invest in the artisans who make your clothes
We partner with hand knitters & weavers who have perfected textile skills passed down to them through generations. These experts seamlessly meld modern designs and traditional craftsmanship with ease.
NATURAL HANDMADE PIECES
SOFT AND SOULFUL WITH UNMISTAKABLE HUMAN TOUCH
Creating Opportunities in Highland Communities
Every Callina collection sources yarns made from alpaca, tended by communities in the Peruvian highlands for generations. Peru’s rich textile heritage and culture of artistry preserve this source of income for artisans who work to maintain the tradition of crafting alpaca yarn.
The highland communities wide-ranging alpaca herds require shepherds and their families to travel long distances, often at the expense of children consistently attending a regular school. Callina supports the Mirasol Project, which created a boarding school in the remote region of Puno, where the children of alpaca shepherds stay Monday through Friday and attend school regularly, returning home on the weekends.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS WHAT THIS IS ABOUT
founder and designer
Callina is a culmination of designer Michelle Sheppard’s passions—social initiatives, sustainable growth opportunities, and design. The Callina collection is classic with clean contemporary lines, and a masterful blend of artisanal techniques and great design.
After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Michelle took her expertise to Design Within Reach (DWR) and her own luxury bedding company, Sefte, where she collaborated with textile mills to create custom fabrics. With Michelle's design sensibility and creative approach, she designed seasonal bedding collections with textiles from around the world. She became the ambassador to the textile mills and regional artisans, handling everything from the initial designs, working with the artisans, to the ultimate launch of the companies' products.
With Callina, Michelle recognizes the importance of sustainable fashion- honoring fair trade principles as well as using the highest quality environmentally sustainable luxury yarns, materials, and processes.
Callina starts with a simple idea: create timeless knitwear for women who seek quality, strive for perfection and never settle.
Artisans creating our hand-dyed scarves
Care is given to each and every piece.
Oeko tex standard 100 Dyes certified no harmful chemicals.