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What is Invisible World?

Invisible World imports clothing and accessories of wool, alpaca, silk and cashmere from South America and Asia to our retail store in Juneau, Alaska, where we live.  We specialize in handmade sweaters and accessories, and produce our own line of hand-painted silk clothing and accessories in China. 

Our company was founded in 1984 on a trip to South America.  We opened the Invisible World store in Juneau in 1985 and launched InvisibleWorld.com in 2004, and we ship world-wide.  The original idea was to earn enough money to go back, and we still go back every year to source and design our products.  We consider ourselves tourists in business and tourists in life: business for us is a constant unfolding of culture, economy and design.  Sometimes the twentieth visit to a country can be as illuminating as the first visit.

We are a family-run company dealing primarily with other family-run companies in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, China and Thailand.  Our products are indigenous to their country of origin: alpaca from South America, silk from China and Thailand, cashmere from China.  Our suppliers range from Otavalan Indians that speak Quichua to American expats to nationals of the countries we visit.

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Invisible World’s owner, novelist Stuart Archer Cohen, has published three novels which draw to varying degrees on his experiences in Latin America and Asia: The Army of the Republic, The Stone Angels, and, of course, Invisible World.  His novels have been translated into ten languages and have all been optioned for film.

Why is this Business Called Invisible World?

We feel that our exotic fibers, originating in far-off countries, form an invisible world of the imagination.  For the three-hundred page version of that idea, read Invisible World!

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