We're In Business To Do Good
Our Reason For Being
At ALPAKA, we believe in creating stylish and practical urban bags and accessories that not only look good but also stand the test of time. Our mission is to provide high-quality products that are functional without sacrificing aesthetics.
We believe that a bag should be more than just a container for your belongings, it should be an extension of your personal style. Our designs are inspired by the bustling city, blending urban functionality and modern style with outdoor ruggedness. From the choice of materials to the attention to detail in construction, we never compromise on quality.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We use environmentally responsible materials such as recycled polyester and nylon to create many of our products, and we continually strive to reduce our impact on the planet through our production processes and supply chain. We're also 1% for the Planet members and donate 1% of annual sales to non-profits that are making the world by planting trees, reducing plastic in our oceans, and more.
We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to making a difference in the world one backpack at a time. Join us on our journey to create a better and more sustainable future, and experience the difference for yourself.
Our values reflect those of a business started by two passionate individuals and the toned down, minimal style we love. Our product design outlook comes shows our inclination to merge form and function.
We firmly believe that how you respond to adversity defines who you are. Keep moving forward.
An underrated virtue. Placing ourselves in others’ shoes is essential to understanding and communicating effectively.
Performing everything you do with passion and to the best of your ability will result in a win for everyone.
Inspire others to leave this planet better than we found it.
Be transparent and honest in all of our actions.
Make a positive impact on their lives by putting their needs first
To bring our products to life, we work with carefully selected suppliers around the world that we constantly foster to meet our high standards. We've partnered with a small factory in Shenzhen, China, that is able to produce high quality goods with our Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing methodology. The tight partnership between us and our suppliers allow us to produce the highest quality products possible, and passing these quality standards to the customers in the form of lifetime repair guarantee on all the products purchased from our website (www.alpakagear.com).
As part of our effort to reduce waste, we not only work with large global suppliers that have a good record of waste reduction strategy, but at the same time we have also implemented our own waste minimisation strategies to reduce waste. The waste reduction plan we have implemented so far are:
- Increase the use of up-cycled and recycled materials in our products.
- Use production methods that decrease waste materials.
- Purchase new manufacturing equipments that are more power efficient than previous generation machines.
- Reduce power usage in the factory.
- Reduce use of air conditioning in the office.
- Reduce use of energy in transportation by locating more of staff accomodation, factory and offices within a 0.1 km radius.
Our current manufacturing partner has around 25 employees and we have worked with them since 2017. We have invested in our own JUKI digital sewing machine, laser fabric cutting machine, and Brother full computer controlled pattern sewing machines. These state of the art equipments allow us to increase our output, and at the same time decrease our defect rates.
Worker's BenefitsWorker’s employment condition and benefits are something we take seriously at ALPAKA. We believe that everyone who works for ALPAKA should be treated as best as possible.
All our office employees and the factory workers are paid at a wage level that is 40% higher than the Shenzhen market equivalent. We also have work from home option for office employees that have young children. All staff are given free accomodation and food.
We have also chosen to give our staff the highest level of healthcare, accident and retirement insurance, so that they can work with a peace of mind knowing that they are always covered.