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Ally Bee

Ally Bee

About

ALLY BEE is a British contemporary knitwear brand working with 100% natural fibre yarns chosen for high quality & low environmental impact, including British alpaca, British Bluefaced Leicester and eco-certified cashmere & merino.

Launched in 2014, Ally Bee began with a vision to create an environmentally sustainable luxury alternative to mass production knitwear. The first collections of jumpers, scarves, hats & gloves were crafted from British alpaca spun in Dorset and British Bluefaced Leicester wool.

BRITISH ALPACA

British alpaca flocks are reared in small flocks on smallholdings across the UK, and are grazed on lush pasture and kept to high standards of animal welfare. They are provided with shelter from the cold, and receive vaccinations and supplements in addition to a dental check and toe-nail clip at shearing time. And these sociable creatures are rarely left alone - they must have a companion alpaca by their side otherwise they become lonely and become physically ill.

Alpacas must be shorn each Spring for physical wellbeing. The softest part of fleeces collected from farms in south of England is hand-selected by a specialist alpaca spinner in Dorset and bespoke spun for Ally Bee, in delicately blended natural colours. Alpacas originate from South America and this is where the majority of the alpaca yarns are supplied on the global market. So why choose British alpaca? Ally Bee Founder, Alison Baker, explains, “I discovered the softness and quality of British alpaca fibre almost by chance,” she says. “I saw its virtually untapped potential as a yarn for beautiful ready-to-wear knitwear that both supported small British industry, and was gentle on the environment."

ECO-CERTIFIED YARNS

Commission-spinning British alpaca yarns has been a road less travelled and not an easy one. Due to lack of reliability in supply of UK alpaca fleece, Ally Bee is slowly moving away from British alpaca and sourcing luxury yarns with stringent environmental certifications. From 2017 a Cradle to Cradle® certified cashmere merino yarn was used in the collection, described by Alison Baker as "a revelation and a joy to work with."

BRITISH MANUFACTURING

ALLY BEE uses an established knitwear manufacturer in the Scottish Borders - the heart of the renowned Scottish knitwear industry. The factory specialises in the highly skilled 'fully-fashioned' style of knit production and uses industrial manually operated hand-frame knitting machines. Production for some aspects of the collection are also sent to a small manufacturing unit England where a line of jumpers, accessories and luxury knitted blankets have been manufactured for the collection using the 'seamless' knit process.

COLD CLIMATE COLLECTION

The Ally Bee cold climate collection for 2018 feature designs in uncontrived contemporary styles including the favourite Ally Bee Alpaca Wool fisherman's rib jumper, short sleeve poncho jumper, a sleeveless V-neck jumper, scarves, hats and gloves, and a small range of homewares. Ally Bee Knitwear is available online at ally-bee.com and part of the collection is stocked at The Good Place Boutique in Chelsea, and the Henri Store in Hackney. Ally Bee is also a regular fixture at the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair in London. For further online stockists visit http://www.ally-bee.com/stockists or email info@ally-bee.com.

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FREE UK standard postage on all orders (no minimum) placed on or before Wednesday 19th December. Enter code at checkout. Cannot be used in conjunction with other discount codes.
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Christmas Gifts

Alpaca & Organic Wool Bed Socks
£22.5
What's not to love about a gift of cosy bedrocks? Get cosy in these toasty Alpaca & Wool Bed Socks for a long lie in as the days get shorter. These soft thick winter warmers are loungewear made fo...
Boxy T-shirt Poncho Jumper in softest British wool
£119
Easy to wear, versatile poncho jumper in a generous boxy t-shirt shape and made in England in British Bluefaced Leicester wool, arguably the softest of all British wools. This jumper is the perfect la...
Pure Alpaca Scarf - 100% British alpaca, charcoal & cream stripe
£169
A gift to cherish - this beautiful and soft as cashmere pure alpaca scarf is crafted in natural shades of charcoal & cream British alpaca yarns made exclusively for Ally Bee. Charcoal one end, area on...
Men's Alpaca & Wool Scarf
£49
Super warm, this scarf has been made in a blend of alpaca and wool in a small knitwear factory in the Scottish Borders – understated, durable and versatile in a wear-with-anything style. This men...
Men's Alpaca Wool Fingerless Gloves
£39
These fingerless arm warmer gloves are practical, warm & durable - the perfect gift. Crafted a bend of British alpaca & wool yarn - for him, but can also be for her, in natural warm colours are the pe...
Men's Alpaca Wool Fingerless Gloves
£39
These fingerless arm warmer gloves are practical, warm & durable - the perfect gift. Crafted a bend of British alpaca & wool yarn - for him, but can also be for her, in natural warm colours are the pe...

Provenance

Established

2014

Manufactured

All Ally Bee pieces are currently made in Scotland and England, apart from a small collection of hand-knits made in a B-Corporation approved knitwear studio in India. All items listed on Make it British are made in the UK.

Components

Ally Bee alpaca yarns are grown, spun and knitted in the Great Britain (apart from a very small quantity of alpaca fleece sourced from outside the UK for the 2016 batch only.) British alpaca fleece is sourced from the south of England from smallholdings and spun close to source. British Bluefaced Leicester wool is sourced from a mill in Yorkshire. Yarns are then knitted into Ally Bee designs in the Scottish Borders and a factory in England. Since 2017 Ally Bee also knits in Italian-spun Cashmere merino yarn, the cashmere fibres of which are ethically sourced from traceable, well-managed herds in a specific region of Mongolia, and from merino sourced exclusively from a farm in Australia with carefully managed lands, and non-mulesed sheep. The Cradle to Cradle ® certified cashmere and supermerino yarns are spun using green hydro-power and is dyed to the highest environmental standards.

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