There is a reason why Andean considers itself the Rolls-Royce of glove makers. Its gloves are made from the finest blemish-free peccary (wild boar skin) found in the Amazon jungle, and hand-sewn by artisans in Peru. They are also the only gloves lined in vicuña and made with gussets between the fingers for greater flexibility and comfort.
“In addition to great softness, vicuña is a better liner than cashmere for thermal purposes,” explains Peter Whalen, president of Andean, a Massachusetts company that began marketing the gloves three years ago. “Because vicuña is such a fine micron, it adapts readily to change in temperature, so you’re less likely to perspire in it,” he adds. And because peccary and vicuña are the most precious animal products in Peru, they can be exported only with a permit from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), says Whalen, who notes that Andean is one of the few U.S. companies with access to these raw materials.