As most of you know, here at Golden & Pine, we source all of our products from artists and artisans all over the world. We love knowing where our products are coming from and who is making them. On this “Behind the Pines” post we’re featuring one of our favorites, Shupaca Alpaca! Shupaca is made by husband and wife team, Andrew and Lori Schuster. Traveling in Ecuador brought about an unexpected immersion in the vibrant socio-cultural heritage of South America, and the discovery of an extraordinary fabric called, Alpaca. Shupaca works with South American artisans and their families to ensure products that exude indigenous quality while remaining fashionably relevant to the here and now. All products are hand woven on wood looms using the same methods that have been practiced for hundreds of years.

This company has a great story and well made products that we just adore! Read on to find out a little bit more about the founders.

Q: Describe your style in three words…

A: Fresh, fun, trendy!

Q: Where do you turn for inspiration?

A: Social media

Q: How did you start making/ creating?

A: By traveling!

Q: What is your best seller?

A: Heirloom pillows (We love love love these!)

Q: What’s your favorite fabric?

A: Alpaca of course!

Q: How do you send your time away from work?

A: Traveling, enjoying architecture and nature

Q: Where is your favorite place to vacation?

A: Mexico

Q: Favorite book?

A: Fountain Head

Q: Favorite cocktail?

A: Hendricks and tonic with cucumber

Q: Where is your favorite place to be?

A: San Diego

Q: What is at the top of your bucket list?

A: To go to Thailand

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current career?

A: Furniture design

Q: What is one thing in your career that you’ve never regretted?

A: Learning a new language

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: Follow your dreams, you can do anything!

We love having Shupaca as one of our vendors! Their Alpaca throws, like the one pictured above, have been some of our best sellers for the last two holiday seasons! We also carry their Heirloom pillows here at G&P. Stop by the shop and have a look for yourself!

Photo Credit: 1: Shupaca 2: Shupaca 3: Shupaca