Brian Schieber began farming in 2001 and was involved with brokering, breeding, shearing and boarded animals, plus working with fleece. Realising some of the visitors to his farm were more interested as 'tourists' to visit the cute cuddly animals, rather than as potential owners, he began to find and stock appropriate merchandise that could be sold in his farm shop. Over time this developed into a business supplying similar alpaca farm shops with stock to sell to visitors.
Having started with alpacas in 2001 in Washington State, Brian & Paula Schieber of Purely Alpaca are now based in California just outside San Diego, and though he no longer keeps his own alpacas, he is heavily involved in supplying merchandise for alpaca farms to promote alpacas.
From their Facebook page
PurelyAlpaca is focused on the alpaca clothing and gifts industry in support of the alpaca animal. We offer alpaca products from all over the world, from small American alpaca farms to huge international mills and indigenous alpaca farmers in South America. We develop alpaca products as well, both domestically and internationally. PurelyAlpaca is always on the lookout for new and interesting alpaca clothing and gifts. Join us to promote alpaca!
In our conversation, Brian and I range over how he got started, how Purely Alpaca developed, how the alpaca industry is doing in the US and the UK and his favourite alpaca - Johanna, a black matriarch.