“All a woman needs to be chic is a raincoat, two suits, a pair of trousers and a cashmere sweater”
– Hubert De Givenchy
Despite its reputation as one of the world’s finest materials, cashmere and its unique and versatile properties are not always fully understood. Here is our guide with everything you need to know about this precious material.
Cashmere is one of the finest, softest and warmest fibres in the world. It comes from the cashmere goat, which is found on the grasslands of the Himalayas—specifically Mongolia—where temperatures can drop to -30°C. In order to withstand the cold climate, the cashmere goat’s undercoat grows extremely soft and downy with insulating properties, keeping the goat warm throughout the winter months.
Come springtime, the goats start shedding their winter cashmere coat and are combed by herders through a laborious process to collect the precious fibres. We only work with credited and certified suppliers that have learnt the best sustainable practices caring for their goats over many generations.
Each goat produces a very small amount of wool, 200 grams (in comparison to a sheep, which produces 3 kilos of wool per year). As such, cashmere currently only makes up 0.5% of the world’s total wool production, making it one of the rarest fabrics in the world.
The cashmere wool is then washed and sent to a spinning facility. To learn more about the production process of cashmere, head over to our production page.
Effortlessly elegant– Our tagline effortlessly elegant sums it up. The simplicity and effortless beauty of cashmere makes it a timeless, easy to wear garment which shines all by itself. Style it in whatever way you want, cashmere can be dressed up or down and paired with anything.
Temperature Controlling– The temperature controlling properties of cashmere perfectly maintain your body temperature. It’s the ideal all year around garment, keeping you nice and toasty during the winter months (up to eight times warmer than wool), and cool during the summer months.
To last a lifetime– Cashmere scores significantly higher than wool on shape resilience, and if taken care of in the right way, cashmere can last you a lifetime. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear that pieces have been handed down through generations, earning its credentials as a long-lasting and luxurious material.
Soft- The thin diameter of cashmere fibres creates its fine texture, making it the softest of all yarns. And as the density of fibres is much higher than wool, the texture is not scratchy but soft and smooth on the skin.
We have chosen to work exclusively with two cashmere yarns for our Winter 21/22 Collection, which we fell in love with during the selection process.Our first yarn is also our most prestigious, made from 100% cashmere, found in some of our styles. It inhabits superior softness and comes from one of the most notable SFA certified spinners in Italy.The Sustainable Fibre alliance (SFA) certifies that spinners source their cashmere from accredited herders in Mongolia, meeting a rigorous set of sustainable practices to ensure the longevity of the cashmere industry.
Our second yarn is made from certified recycled Re.Verso™cashmere offering the same soft, insulating qualities as traditional cashmere, but with a lower environmental impact.Learn more about the SFA accreditation & our recycled cashmere in the sustainability page.