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Luis Enrique Gonzales

Luis Enrique Gonzales

Alpaca apparel in The Andes

"This to me means the materialization of what started as a dream I shared with my wife, and to this day it continues to fill us with great satisfaction."

"I grew up in land filled with natural riches such as fertile fields and local animals, including alpacas. I was born in... read more

"I grew up in land filled with natural riches such as fertile fields and local animals, including alpacas. I was born in Cuzco where my father looked after a hacienda and my mother worked as a secretary. I was a very active kid who loved socializing, singing and dancing… and I still do!

"I was also a very curious boy and I loved accompanying my dad, who taught me about nature and its products. I decided to study agronomy, which allowed me to combine everything my father taught me with what I was being taught.

"When I married Carmela Sierra, who is a Novica featured artist, I also became enthralled with the world of handicrafts. Carmela specializes in handbags and she comes from a Cuzco family who has for generations worked in traditional artesanĂ­as. This marked a new beginning in my life, and Carmela and I started by creating ceramic pieces all the while learning new techniques from a variety of products. Eventually we decided to specialize in apparel, which we make with natural Andean materials.

"In 1992 we were able to start our own workshop, where we created our own designs and selected our materials with extreme care. We transformed our enthusiasm into original designs and our collections were so well received that we started to get invited to fashion shows in Lima.

"Suddenly, during one of these shows a reporter approached me and asked for the name of our brand -- but we didn't have one! Not wanting to admit as much to the reporter, I quickly made up one combining mine and Carmela's name!

"My designs are about elegance, style, fashion, presence and above all, my designs are about sharing with the world the artistry of Cuzco artisans. This to me means the materialization of what started as a dream I shared with my wife, and to this day it continues to fill us with great satisfaction.

"Of all my achievements, the ones I am most grateful to God for is to have been able to give my children a good education, to have been able to develop in this field, and above all to have formalized our efforts into a family venture.

"Please know that each piece that comes out of our workshop carries with it all the effort and love of my family and that of the artisans who work with us."

5 items by Luis Enrique Gonzales

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Paul

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07/26/2021

"Perfect present"

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This is a fantastic jacket. My wife loves it both stylish , comfortable and warm. The reversible aspect makes it more versatile for different social events

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Orange Radiance, 100% Baby Alpaca Coat in Orange and Grey

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Katie

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01/04/2020

"Stunning and soft coat"

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Made of baby alpaca, this coat is incredibly well made and so soft. I am a US size 6 on top and decided to purchase a medium. I was on the fence about getting a small as this coat looks like its meant to be a bit over-sized. It works great for layering and actually fits over my alpaca poncho (the kind with sleeves). Since its reversible it looks great with the sleeves rolled up, which shows the reverse color. I love being able to buy from local artisans and I was just thinking how I could feel the care put into the making of this coat. So beautiful!

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Tania

From Canada

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12/21/2017

"Modern take on a tradicional piece"

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Well made in a good quality baby alpaca material. Being reversible adds an extra charm to the piece. Dresses well in or outdoors. Very subtle coloris that go with everything.

Purchased Item:

Cuzco Color, Andean Reversible Red and Grey 100% Alpaca Short Ruana Cape

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Patricia

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05/09/2017

"a comforting coat"

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As I said to someone who admired how the coat looked, feel it! Nothing bad could happen while you are wearing so soft and warm a coat. This was a bit of a splurge for me, and I am very happy with it. The sleeves are a mite tighter than I expected, but no matter, I just won't wear heavy tops underneath. I put it on and just keep it on even inside, it is so pleasant to wear during this chilly spring. It has a quality feel.

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that in between weather versatile soft fun

Purchased Item:

Tangerine, Artisan Crafted 100% Baby Alpaca Reversible Coat

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Bernadette

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05/01/2017

"Beautiful, quality coat"

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The quality is outstanding! Such beautiful fabric and craftsmanship. Thank you Luis Enrique Gonzalez and Novica!

Purchased Item:

Chili Onyx, 2-in-1 100% Alpaca Reversible Coat in Chili Red and Onyx

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happytobehere

From minnesota/USA

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01/11/2017

"Gorgeous!"

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True to size when following Novica's sizing guide. Extremely soft, lightweight, warm, and well tailored with the right amount of ease--just a fabulous coat! Perfect for travel.

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Aubergine Duplicity, Womens 100% Alpaca Reversible Coat in Aubergine and Titanium

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