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Bakewell Luxury Knitwear Business Reopens This Week

posted May 22, 2016, 12:50 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jul 9, 2016, 12:19 AM ]

Spirit of the Andes is alive and well, thriving under new ownership and their King Street, Bakewell shop is now open for business once more.

Spirit of the Andes, a well-known retail brand specialising in alpaca knitwear and pima cotton went into administration last July, with over 60 redundancies throughout the business.  

The 12 retail shops, including King Street, Bakewell closed in August but Midland businessman Richard Hartley, founder of The Alpaca Collection, bought the goodwill, name and digital assets in order to re-establish the much loved Spirit of the Andes brand.  The Holt & Hornby outlets were re-opened and the website relaunched shortly thereafter.

Richard has now managed to acquire the original premises of the Bakewell shop and is delighted to be reopening the shop on King Street this week.

Spirit of the Andes garments are renowned for their beautiful craftsmanship, sophisticated styling and are made from the finest natural fibres. Their Italian based designer Georgi Hudson has worked closely with skilled artisan knitters from Peru and Bolivia to create a breath-taking Spring/Summer collection in luxurious silky soft Pima Cotton and the finest Alpaca yarn.  These garments are now available in the King Street shop, as well as online at