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Journey to Peru With Alternative Apparel's Orondava Mumford

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Add Alternative Apparel to the list of brands offering a way to travel without ever stepping on a gas pedal. The basics company is transporting customers to alpaca farms in the Peruvian Andes through its apparel as well as more energy and resources spent in documenting the connection.

Though Alternative has sourced cotton from the country for over ten years, it's now added Alpaca wool to its order, creating its first round of capes and ponchos in time for holiday ($210 to $225, pictured below). Head here for more info on their partnership with Pacomarca, a sustainable Alpaca network, and here for gorgeous Andes shots and a textile lesson.

Alternative brought on Orondava Mumford, formerly of Levi's, this summer to help usher in the back-to-fabrication movement, and though Orondava first line won't debut until spring, he's already involved in Alternative's various community projects in downtown LA and elsewhere. We spoke with him about the direction of the basics company, who he's designing for, and the so-called "new nerd" below.

This interview was edited for clarity and length.
· Alternative Apparel [Official Site]
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