We had the good fortune of connecting with Lori Perri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lori, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
We are a husband and wife team with a background in architecture. Our love for design & travel, brought us to this adventure! We formed our company in 2009 during a recession and decided to reinvent ourselves and become creative with the skill-set we learned from the design world. During a year sabbatical, we decided to travel off the beaten path in South America. We fell in love with the textiles and culture of the people, aiming to develop a distinct apparel/accessory line that specializes in natural alpaca fiber! Ethically sourcing silky smooth Alpaca wool from hundreds of artisans, we seek to focus our designs between stylish, modern detailing and Alpaca wool’s impressive, literally ancient heritage.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Travel can be both rewarding and challenging! We spend many months working with artisans in remote areas. There is sometimes a language barrier as some of our artists’ native language is Quechua (a language of the Indigenous Incan decent). We are constantly teaching, learning and building relationships while we work on new designs & possibilities. Developing artisans and new product ideas is always a challenge but we love watching our ideas come to life! The experience has a great value to us but we definitely miss home at times! The challenge and struggle is what makes success the most rewarding.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We love to hike, camp and explore nature! Living in Southern California gives the opportunity to get away and escape the city. There’s nothing better than beach days or stargazing in the desert and enjoying a glass of wine by the fire, listening to some Dylan classics or Neil Young.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We can honestly dedicate our accomplishments and drive for success to the communities and families we have been collaborating with in South America. The hard work, perseverance and dedication is beyond what we have ever imagined. Shupaca works directly with artisans & communities in South America to promote social and economic advancement. The collectives are men and women from marginal urban areas in low income, at risk homes and sometimes victims of domestic violence. We use fair-trade policies to provide support to the community groups we work with. Creating a better world and better life for many people is our most rewarding aspect of our business!