A MID Devon alpaca yarn company has been part of a successful bid to win a fashion competition.

Students at Central Saint Martins College in London UK used UK Alpaca yarns from Tiverton to make the garments that won first place in the Gucci Project.

The group worked directly with the head of knitwear and studio director of Gucci.

Project leader Adnan Jalal said: “It was really great news that we won the project and Gucci hopefully will be developing our designs and promoting the collection.”

UK Alpaca was set up by Alpaca breeders Chas Brooke and Rachel Hebditch, who run a herd of 200 alpaca at|Vulscombe Farm, near|Tiverton.

The company buys between four and six tons of fleece a year from alpaca breeders in the UK, sorts and grades it at the farm and manufactures fully worsted alpaca yarns with full provenance at traditional mills in the north of England.