Alma Lobo is a contemporary fashion brand based in New York City. We are dedicated to bringing beautiful, top-quality designs to each of our customers. At the heart of our mission is collaborating and working directly with female-owned Argentinian and Brazilian companies who are committed to ethical and sustainable practices.
It is our privilege to work with such a diverse group of talented creatives who value bringing the old-world techniques of local artisans into the modern world of fashion.
We are proud to work with such companies as Manto, a Fair Trade company, and Maydi, which is Wildlife-Friendly Certified.
Manto and Maydi, however, are not just brands, but projects. They have a direct socio-economic impact on artisans and their families in Argentina through the representation and accessibility of their designs, materials, and techniques.
It is our pleasure to be able to offer these textiles and pieces created in the northernmost region of Argentina. Some pieces incorporate manual loom weaving, one of the oldest traditions from the provinces of Jujuy and Salta, 9,500 feet above sea level. Other hand-made items utilize hand-spun wools from Patagonia and the province of Mendoza.
Whether they be brands or individual artisans, all the people involved in the creation of our products use ethical practices to do what they love every day.
Thinner and softer than regular wool, Merino is a natural fiber grown from Merino sheep who live in cold mountain areas. The sheep are raised in a healthy, natural environment, and their wool is spun and dyed following a strict protocol that ensures the quality of our products.
Guanacos are camelids native to South America. Their fibers, hand-extracted using ancestral techniques, are among the finest in the world, and are known for their light, silky, and insulating properties.
Llamas are camelids native to South America who live in high, cold, dry areas. Their excellent quality wool is fine, bright, and silky, and is extracted without harming the animals.
Baby Llama is a natural and young fiber extracted from the first shearing of the Baby Llama. The shearing process fully respects the animal without causing it any harm.
Argentina is the main exporter of Mohair, a luxury insulating fiber that comes from the hair of the Angora goat. It is strong, thin, soft, flat, and bright. The thinner hair of the youngest goats is used for clothing, and hair from the older animals is used for carpets and heavier fabrics.
Vicuna is considered to be one of the finest and most sophisticated fibers in the world. It is known for its extreme softness, insulating ability, and anti-allergenic properties.
Bamboo, from the Northeast of Argentina, is a natural, biodegradable, and regenerative fiber. It has a natural shine, equal to that of silk, and it has the power to regulate body temperature. It mixes well with other natural fibers, and its use in garments gives a sensation of freshness and freedom.
Cotton is a vegetable-based fiber that is part of the genus Gossypium. Hirsutum and Barbadense are varieties that exist in America and Argentina. It is classified based on its length, color, composition, and quality, all of which determine its ability to be knitted.
Linen is a grassy plant whose bark forms a textile fiber that is soft, smooth, and shiny. It is very absorbent, evaporates quickly, and is a great conductor of heat.
Jute is a long, soft, and shiny textile fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. It is obtained from the plant Tiliaceae of the gender Corchorus. Jute in our products comes from the Chaco Province of Argentina.
Silk, with its softness and shine, is considered the queen of the natural fibers. It feels warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Our products use silk from the provinces of La Pampa, Missions, Jujuy, and Buenos Aires.
Espartillo is a perennial, tussock-forming grass that grows to 30 to 40 inches high. It is similar to native spear grasses and comes from Esteros del Iberá, Corrientes, Argentina.
Raffia is a lucid and rigid natural fiber from a species of palm from America and Africa. They are large palms, with stems as high as fifty feet. Raffia fibers are used for multiple purposes, one of which is the manufacture of clothing.