YAPA was created by Bernarda Pelaez, Bolivian fashion designer based in New York with the idea of sharing her Bolivian and Latin roots with the world creating a unique brand concept that combines traditional Andean craftsmanship techniques and modern design to create superior quality alpaca knits.
The name «YAPA » which means «something extra or a gift», in Quechua and Aymara is a symbol of gratitude from the merchant to the buyer.
YAPA illustrates a vision of contemporary fashion influenced by its Bolivian heritage and culture, the pieces reflect the roots and magic of their origin with the idea of sharing them with the world.
We chose an ALPACA as our logo since alpacas are representatives of the Andean culture as well as being a symbol of prosperity.
YAPA is a perfect balance between tradition and modernity.
Mission and Philosophy
We combine our love for natural materials, passion for design and high-quality craftsmanship.
New York is where we work creatively and design all of our products, but our production and much of our inspiration come from Bolivia.
It is in Bolivia where all our pieces are made with love by artisans and respecting the environment. We believe that the origin of our products, sustainable production and environmental impact are of equal importance to the aesthetics of the garments and that the combination of these elements is what makes our products luxurious. Our pieces are all carefully finished works of art and many embroidered by hand.
At YAPA, we value the expertise of our artisans, whose skills are passed down from generation to generation with a true desire to keep ancient traditions alive and support fair trade.