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Alpaca News
www.alpacamine.com, 18 Aug 2009 [cached]
Making her first appearance in Africa, Maria H Bravo, the founder and designer of Quintessence & Co, will come personally all the way from Chile to represent the finest and most exquisite fashions made from 100% Alpaca Fibre.
Sullivan County Democrat: Farm Workers Allege Abure
www.sc-democrat.com, 7 Feb 2004 [cached]
A civil suit was filed two weeks ago in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Maria Herlinda Bravo, owner of Quintessence Alpacas International, has failed to pay four of her employees the federal minimum wage or overtime.
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Bravo, who was reached in Chile last week, said she feels as though she's been stabbed in the back.Through tears, the farm owner said she doesn't owe any of the four men a cent and that they were treated fairly."Some were paid $8 an hour," Bravo said."It's not true that we never paid them - that's a lie."She said she paid for Osorio-Silva to come to America from her home in Chile, and he was paid less than the other workers because he was a trainee.But, Bravo continued, he was still paid a fair wage, and her farm in Chile continued to pay him his "social security and things like that" for that country.The men also received room and board in exchange for their work, Bravo said."They had a brand new building that I built," she said."They had rooms, they had a kitchen, a full bathroom and another bathroom."She paid for their utilities, she added, including television.Bravo said those privileges were abused numerous times.One worker (whose name she did not specify) left $500 worth of charges for pornographic movies and boxing events on her television bills, and the others racked up $2,000 bills on the barn's phone.Bravo admitted there was a time when the workers had to wait for their money."When we came to New York, we went through a very difficult time," she explained."They agreed to work and wait for their wages, but they were paid in full."We don't owe them a penny," she continued."We have the proof."We paid them so much money, even when we were going through hell."The suit also alleges that Quintessence Alpacas failed to post federally-mandated notices explaining employees' rights to overtime and the minimum wage (currently $5.15 an hour)."The only thing I agree with is that we didn't have the paper that said their rights," Bravo said.But the suit also alleges that Bravo failed to provide her employees with a written disclosure of terms and conditions of their employment in their native language.
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Bravo has vowed to get a lawyer and fight the charges.She's countered that the men were in charge when a number of babies in the alpaca herds died, although she did not say how the men could be held responsible."We have proof that we don't owe them, and we did pay them late, but they knew about it and they agreed," she said."We can prove that the months when they weren't paid there was no money."One thing is for sure," Bravo said Monday, "we are immigrants ourselves, and one fact is that I taught both of my children to treat all our workers with respect."
From Hembras to Hemlines
www.suri.com.au, 8 July 2006 [cached]
An Interview with Maria Bravo by Stephanie Pope
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Maria Herlinda Bravo is the President of Quintessence & Co located in Callicoon, New York.She is a gifted fashion creator and an experienced alpaca breeder.Her creative abilities may have never been discovered if it were not for her unlikely initiation into the alpaca industry.Her story is one of destiny, determination, wonder and sheer courage.Maria's introduction to the alpaca world was a whirlwind of discovery.Commencing a career in the grocery industry Maria began as an Administrative Assistant for Charles Fitzmorris, Jr, the owner of Star Traders.
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Maria enjoyed Charlie's utmost confidence and was specially selected to administrate the three-month project of moving his beloved alpacas into the northern hemisphere.
Zig-zag shawl with long dressThe serene and breathtaking beauty of the Andean mountains combined with the extreme conditions to which she subjected her body and mind changed Maria forever.Encountering the simplistic, yet rugged lifestyle of the Quechua and Aymara Indians, she learned that they were the keepers and owners of all the camelids inhabiting the altiplano.These elegant aristocrats carrying the "fibre of the gods" had been the foundation of their culture for over 5,000 years and they were an inspiration to Maria.Alone and in a foreign country, this solitary woman was forced to dig deep inside herself and draw from a well of inner strength to make an unlikely project succeed.Plunging headlong into this imaginative adventure, she and her team successfully imported 330 alpacas and their cria into the US. (Charlie's original 12 alpacas had certainly multiplied over the course of a decade!!) However, three months eventually became 13 months and problems plagued the project.
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But his remarkable optimism and entrepreneurial gifts live on in Maria and her enduring dedication to the alpaca and the world surrounding these fascinating animals.To her credit, she has continued on and created her own dream where others would have retired.Inca Cross long sweater vest and long dress in solid colour.
Today, Maria operates her own alpaca business, Quintessence & Co.It incorporates Quintessence Alpacas International, which breeds animals for fine fibre and advanced fleece types, with her design and manufacturing company that creates elegant and sophisticated finished products.The need for fibre instilled a desire to import alpacas into the United States.Using her own breeding program Maria is able to breed quality alpacas carrying the fibre that meets the strict criteria for her fabulous fashions.Her philosophy is to "breed fine fibred alpacas for fashion design and production."The North American breeding program is carefully orchestrated at her new ranch in Callicoon, New York.Quintessence animals are chosen for their perfect conformation and advanced fleece types.A heavy bone is important for breeding solid, well-conformed alpacas.These types of animals are well equipped to carry a tremendously dense fleece with superb coverage that extends from their nose to their toes.Their fine, heavy-cutting fleece full of character and definition will be the basis for producing Maria's magnificent garments.Each one of her 300+ suris and huacayas were chosen because they matched her high standard for breeding quality animals.Maria conducts a complimentary breeding program at her farm in Chile where her passion for the finest alpacas attracted the attention of Derek Michell of Michell & Cia in Arequipa, Peru.
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They have now formed an on-going joint venture with Maria to purchase and sell exceptional alpacas around the globe.In an effort to construct an avenue for her creative abilities, Maria inaugurated her design and manufacturing company, Quintessence, Int'l in the fall of 1997.Maria enthuses, "I love to design and it comes easily to me.Maybe it is because I love women's fashion and everything related to beauty and finesse."Memories of the soft, comfortable alpaca shawls common to her childhood in Mexico and the luxurious geometric pelts that adorned her home instilled a hidden love for the fibre that was finally discovered when she embarked upon Charlie's project.The absence of alpaca yarn in the specialty-and-expensive yarn shops helped to convince Maria that something needed to be done to upgrade the recognition of alpaca in North America as a luxurious, rich, soft and durable fibre.
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Maria embraces this new versatile woman as a reflection of herself and it is clearly visible in her fantastic collections.She emphasizes her point, "It is important to me that a woman is able to wear a garment under different circumstances or places.I love to produce coordinates that we can travel, work and live in." The fabulous fashions in all her collections are simple, yet elegant and versatile.
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Maria and I found common ground not only in our love of fashion, but also in our zest for the magnificent suri fleece.She believes it to be the most sensual and luxurious fibre in the world.I quite agree!!Her goal is to breed suris, suris, and more suris ...
The scarcity of suri mandates that it be used in special heavy fabrics that will last forever.Maria observes that suri fibre is best used in the traditional way ... Maria has two collections of alpaca fashion.Her original Quintessence collection of designs is for everyday wear.The coordinating outfits include a selection of five to seven pieces: a set of pants, short and long skirt, a tunic, blouse and a short coat or jacket.The "mix -and -match" effect adds versatility and functionality to an otherwise glamorous range of garments.For these designs, the colour palette moves from neutrals in ivory, tweed and ebony to softly elegant pastels such as arctic frost and dusty rose and is completed with vibrant shades of scarlet, tangerine and cobalt.We had the privilege of viewing this collection at our 1998 National Show and Sale.The new Millennium collection is a daring and sophisticated initiative.Inspired by the antique textiles of the millenarium cultures, Maria is demonstrating to the world that our ancestors had impeccable taste for geometric design and could work wonders with colour.Her objective is to reproduce the antique textiles in each of the prominent cultures of our predecessors.The designs are carefully selected and moulded to capture the essence of the society they are derived from.These fashions are for those who would make a statement with their style and sophistication!Incan civilization has been commemorated with a geometric study of brilliant colours incorporating a variety of garments.Currently, "Africa in Colour" celebrates the tenacity of African wildlife in the warm, alluring summer tones of desert gold, oasis blue and palm green.For Maria, alpacas are elegant, aristocratic animals that produce the raw material for her luxury products that are in high demand.She summarizes, "I love the alpaca and everything we obtain from them; I consider them to be the animals of the future."
Quintessence Alpaca Herd Sires Standing at Stud
www.alpacasires.net, 21 Aug 2003 [cached]
Maria Bravo Quintessence Alpacas, Intl. 222 Country Road 164 Callicoon, NY 12723 info@quintessencealpacas.com
Sullivan County Democrat: Farm Workers Allege Abure
www.sc-democrat.com, 27 Jan 2004 [cached]
A civil suit was filed two weeks ago in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Maria Herlinda Bravo, owner of Quintessence Alpacas International, has failed to pay four of her employees the federal minimum wage or overtime.
...
Bravo, who was reached in Chile last week, said she feels as though she's been stabbed in the back. Through tears, the farm owner said she doesn't owe any of the four men a cent and that they were treated fairly. "Some were paid $8 an hour," Bravo said."It's not true that we never paid them - that's a lie."She said she paid for Osorio-Silva to come to America from her home in Chile, and he was paid less than the other workers because he was a trainee. But, Bravo continued, he was still paid a fair wage, and her farm in Chile continued to pay him his "social security and things like that" for that country. The men also received room and board in exchange for their work, Bravo said. "They had a brand new building that I built," she said."They had rooms, they had a kitchen, a full bathroom and another bathroom."She paid for their utilities, she added, including television. Bravo said those privileges were abused numerous times. One worker (whose name she did not specify) left $500 worth of charges for pornographic movies and boxing events on her television bills, and the others racked up $2,000 bills on the barn's phone. Bravo admitted there was a time when the workers had to wait for their money. "When we came to New York, we went through a very difficult time," she explained."They agreed to work and wait for their wages, but they were paid in full. "We don't owe them a penny," she continued."We have the proof. "We paid them so much money, even when we were going through hell."The suit also alleges that Quintessence Alpacas failed to post federally-mandated notices explaining employees' rights to overtime and the minimum wage (currently $5.15 an hour)."The only thing I agree with is that we didn't have the paper that said their rights," Bravo said. But the suit also alleges that Bravo failed to provide her employees with a written disclosure of terms and conditions of their employment in their native language.
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Bravo has vowed to get a lawyer and fight the charges. She's countered that the men were in charge when a number of babies in the alpaca herds died, although she did not say how the men could be held responsible. "We have proof that we don't owe them, and we did pay them late, but they knew about it and they agreed," she said."We can prove that the months when they weren't paid there was no money."One thing is for sure," Bravo said Monday, "we are immigrants ourselves, and one fact is that I taught both of my children to treat all our workers with respect."
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