A CRASH COURSE IN CASHMERE

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One of the oldest, finest and of course — softest materials is cashmere. With origins dating back to 11AD, we can confidently say that cashmere is one of the best investments for your fall winter wardrobe.

Cashmere has always been considered a luxury fabric. Cashmere is luxurious and fashionable, and is also a durable and practical investment. Cashmere travels well and doesn’t wrinkle.  Once only accessible by royalty or the extremely wealthy, the wonders of the global market have made this fabric available at nearly every price point.

In addition to incredible softness, one will also find that good quality cashmere is durable, holds its shape and is actually eight times warmer than sheep’s wool while being significantly lighter. It offers great insulation; is warm in the winter and cool in the spring. Cashmere is long lasting; it actually becomes softer with age and rarely pills after being worn and washed. It should last a lifetime.

The process for obtaining high quality cashmere is actually very time-consuming. It will take one Mongolian goat about four years to naturally shed enough hair to make a single cashmere sweater. Additionally, this raw material must be spun into yarn and then crafted into a garment.

There are a few ways to ensure you’re buying high quality cashmere. The easiest is to pick up the garment and give it a little stretch. If the cashmere is a good quality, it should snap back to its original shape. You can also tell by how soft it feels, if you’re in the type of shop that might frown on a customer stretching their garments.

When caring for your cashmere, the best care is keeping your garment clean (dirty cashmere is very attractive to moths) and store folded, not on a hanger.

With the temperature rapidly dropping, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a cashmere sweater to keep nice and warm this season. We have severalUnited Stock Dry Goods cashmere crewnecks and cardigans in a selection of navy, charcoal, heather gray, and black. Go ahead and give ours a small stretch and you’ll notice they instantly return to their original shape.

Available on-line and in-store.

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