In 1922, Frank W.Michell, a young lieutenant in the Royal British Air Force, arrived in Peru with the idea of getting to know the mysterious Andes first-hand. Of allthe riches he discovered, one in particular captivated him: the alpaca herds spreading out over the mountains andthe weavers spinning the fibre of their fur with incomparable elegance.
In love with Peru andthe Andes, he decided to dedicate his life to the alpaca and the impressive textile tradition practiced by the artisans of these lands, and made a commitment to keep the tradition alive and share it with the world.
Thus, in1931, he founded Michell & Cía. for the sorting and export of alpaca hair, a company that would be the first to offer the world, in a professional and sustained manner, this noble fibre. Also, with a clear vision towards the added value, in 1947 he implemented his first combing and spinning plant, creating the alpaca industry standards, which are now recognized worldwide.
Today, almost one hundred years after his arrival, the legacy of Frank W. Michell transcends, endures and grows, driven by SOL ALPACA, where ancestral textile techniques andthe mastery of weaving are combined with the most advanced technology, and a profound respectfor nature, to produce the finest and most sophisticated designs that make onefeel the warmest embrace of the Andes.
1. 1922. Frank W. Michell arrives at the port of Mollendo in Arequipa – Peru.
2. 1926. Frank W. Michell is established in Juliaca – Peru.
3. 1928. Opening of the first alpaca fibrestore in Juliaca – Peru.
4. 1987. Frank W. Michell founds Michell & Cía S.A.