Cashmere is a natural fibre unlike any other. Sumptuous. Indulgent. Delightful. We believe it’s the perfect fabric for our travel accessories thanks to its pure characteristics.
When it came to sourcing this luxurious material, selecting the highest quality of cashmere from an environmentally and socially responsible manufacturer was a must. Not only that but we needed it to be knit with skill.
After considerable research, we opted to source our cashmere from a prestigious yarn manufacturer in Italy who has over 50 years of craftsmanship. They harvest yarn from both northern Italy and Inner Mongolia, with careful attention made to limit their environmental footprint. This includes ensuring the goats have ample space to graze and a carefully monitored habitat. Their sustainable practices are at the core of their company’s DNA and they have numerous eco certifications including an ITF (Italian Fashion Textile) certification for production traceability, European REACH compliance, and an ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification.
After the yarn is harvested, it’s then dyed and spun in Italy. Keeping with their environmentally-conscious ethos, all of the yarn is dyed without the use of chemicals substances. Instead ancient herbal recipes are used in combination with technology to extract the vibrant hues.
To produce our products we enlisted the expertise of a boutique manufacturer in Nepal who hand-knits each piece they create using manual weaving machines. Working directly with them has allowed us to ensure a high level of quality cashmere, made ethically and responsibly.
The Truth About Cashmere
Why can one retailer sell a sweater for $50 and another for $500? The truth is not all cashmere is created equal.
First, cashmere itself is extremely expensive to produce. It comes from the fine fibres on the undercoat of cashmere goats, which is extremely labour intensive to collect, then the wool must be combed and sorted by hand. For a two-ply pure cashmere sweater you’re looking at more than two goats worth of fibres!
The other factor is the region where the goats are from and how the fibres are processed. Indisputably, the best cashmere comes from goats that endure the harsh winters of Inner Mongolia. But even with the best raw material, the manufacturing of cashmere matters — a lot. With hundreds of years of experience, the mills in Europe — specifically Scotland and Italy — have undoubtedly mastered the process.
Higher-priced cashmere also reflects the quality of fibres used. Longer fibres are more durable, which means less pilling and finer fibres give cashmere its softness. Unfortunately many manufacturers today use short, fine fibres as it's cheaper and initially feels soft to the consumer. Very soon the product will start to pill and look worn out. It's one of the ways brands can call their product "cashmere" and charge a cheap price.
The only way to be sure you are getting quality cashmere is to ask. Find out where and how they source their raw materials. If it’s unclear, then you shouldn’t buy. The yarn could be the short fibres that have been discarded by the high-end retailers, you could be getting recycled cashmere or even a mix of different fabrics (if it doesn’t say 100% cashmere).
Being transparent with our customers about the yarn we source and where we produce our products is extremely important to us. If you have further questions about our materials or production, please don’t hesitate to reach out.