Heimtextil Blog der Messe Frankfurt

Some live at an altitude of 6000 metres and their fur is breathtakingly soft: alpacas from the Andes. H2 Home Collection offers plaids, scarves and cushion covers made from their wool for greater cosiness at home. The alpaca materials are made in Peru and provide hundreds of families with a secure income.

Company founder and managing director of the H2 Home Collection Deanna Hodges lives in Huntington Beach in California, USA. The sun shines there most of the time and when you think of this place, you think of sunbathing, surfing and swimming. The fact that this designer specialises in blankets, cushions, plaids and scarves from the finest warm alpaca wool or wool blends is initially quite surprising. With her products, Deanna Hodges is able to give work to 650 women from the Andes and therefore the opportunity to secure theirs and their children’s future. Many of the women are single mothers and a secure income helps them achieve greater personal freedom. ‘They weave, embroider, knit and crochet for us’, explains Deanna Hodges, ‘these women are superb craftswomen!’. The designs from the line ‘Embroidery and Handcraft’ are colourful, joyful and imaginative and decorate shoulder bags, clutches, belts and key rings – cushions, table runners and even Christmas decorations made from colourfully embroidered wool are also part of the H2 Home Collection. High-quality and elegant scarves and plaids are also included in the product range. The exceptional quality of the wool is captivating: it comes from alpacas and is distinguished by its softness, warmth and its light weight. In this line, colours are chosen in such a way that they blend in well with other furnishing styles in the house and are therefore usually just in one colour. With the exception of some checks or gentle floral patterns, the designs are therefore rather subtle. As a complementary product with a very high cosiness factor, plaids made from alpaca fur are also available. Deanna Hodges will be presenting her products for the first time in Germany at Heimtextil 2020 and is part of the ‘new&next’ exhibition concept. You can find her and her collections in hall 9.0, stand A38.

Kerstin Böhning

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