Elisa Yip has been designing knitwear for years now: She first tried it at a hand-knitting Brother machine in Italy during a ’90s study abroad stint. Then as an assistant knitwear designer for Liz Claiborne, a student learning under master knitters in Hong Kong, and a senior winter accessories designer for Nordstrom. All before launching her own line of luxury knitwear, Sskein, at the end of 2020.
So when she tells you that alpaca wool is the next big thing in sustainable luxury fabric—the new cashmere, if you will—you listen.
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