The story of the Elaine Merino Alpaca Vest begins in the United States where the merino wool and baby alpaca mix is initially sourced. Every inch of material used is carefully selected by the founders of Jeune Otte, Heiji Black and Elisa Bergman, from two specific vendors who specialize in deadstock. When sourcing materials, Jeune Otte prioritizes luxury, always looking at fabrics through the lens of what is beautiful and timeless. Once the material is sourced, it is transported to Chicago where the production process will begin. Manufacturing locally brings complete transparency, while enabling the brand to bring jobs into the community and ensure that a living wage is paid to all employees. The Vest is then hand knitted into a simple fit with open sides held together by a slit. Once the vest is completed it is packaged in recycled packaging and sent to a shipment center, heading straight to you. This vest has lived in 1 country, traveled hundreds of miles, and given life to discarded materials to earn a permanent spot in your wardrobe. We hope you love this vest and wear it with pride, knowing you are embodying sustainable fashion and choosing to better the planet with your conscious shopping choices.