When Natalie, Laura, and Katie stumbled onto Blacksaw at NYNOW (the infamous accessories show in downtown NYC we always frequent) they came back and couldn’t stop talking about the husband and wife duo of Kyle and Steph Taylor, and their blankets.
The Taylors epitomize the coolest of cool – and Blacksaw is a cumulation of their modern-day entrepreneur ideologies that boil down to creating a life you love by fervent exploration, risk, and artistry only meant for the brave.
In terms of their products? Blacksaw’s goal is to create meaningful possessions worthy of taking up space in your life. Their 100% baby alpaca blankets and throws are ethically sourced and art-inspired, making this kind of luxury feel authentic.
After several years of traveling and spending extensive time exploring South America, Blacksaw was born.
A particular excursion to the Andes Mountains exposed them to all the natural alpaca fiber in the region, and in turn, lit a fire within them. After all that exploring – they finally knew they wanted a new way to work and a new way to live. They became fixated on the concept that possessions could be created with a focus on craftsmanship, composition, and longevity. These ideologies combined with Steph’s artistry from her years at Billabong as an account manager and in fashion design.
For now, they’re a two-person show with Kyle running all the marketing and brand management and Steph at the helm of creative director.
All their products are designed in Canada and produced in Peru – that way they stay as close as possible to the finest alpaca. The Peruvian baby alpaca fur they’ve chosen to use is 7x warmer than wool, and also hypoallergenic. For those who don’t know, sheering is essential for alpacas for temperature regulation because they don’t shed their fleeces!
After the fur is sorted and spun, it’s important to know that that’s where processing stops. Their yarns are 100% naturally colored and free of dyes (goodbye synthetics).
Fun fact: Currently, there are 22 natural colors of Alpaca hair ranging from blacks, through brown-black, white, silver-greys, and rose-grey.
And even the packaging is eco-friendly – each throw comes in a lovely cotton duster bag.