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all about cashmere

all about cashmere

Warmer clothes are being put on rotation. Naturally, wool has a special place in our hearts, so we thought we would take on the subject of “Cashmere”: one the world's most expensive materials, and answer all your potential questions.

Warmer clothes are being put on rotation. Naturally, wool has a special place in our hearts, so we thought we would take on the subject of “Cashmere”: one the world's most expensive materials, and answer all your potential questions.

All About Cashmere

All About Cashmere

what is cashmere?

what is cashmere?

Cashmere: wool’s close cousin with a finer, softer and warmer DNA, this luxurious material is one of the most desirable in the world.

Born in Kashmir, it takes its name after this northern Indian region but with an anglicized version of the word, AKA: “Cashmere.” Produced and loved for thousands of years, it was originally worn by emperors and eventually brought to Europe in the 19th century. Cashmere doesn't just have historical relevance - it has also been taken into the 21st century gracefully and has still kept its value.

This wonderfully sought-after material is incredibly long-lasting and three times as warm as wool, with a soft-to-the-touch texture that’s larger than life.

Our Cashmere is made from Grade-A Mongolian materials, making it a luxurious, warm and soft fabric to withstand snow days and lower-than-iced coffee temperatures. Its fibers are some of the highest-quality on the market, making it the perfect clothing investment and gift for those who like a little luxury in their lives.

Cashmere: wool’s close cousin with a finer, softer and warmer DNA, this luxurious material is one of the most desirable in the world.

Born in Kashmir, it takes its name after this northern Indian region but with an anglicized version of the word, AKA: “Cashmere.” Produced and loved for thousands of years, it was originally worn by emperors and eventually brought to Europe in the 19th century. Cashmere doesn't just have historical relevance - it has also been taken into the 21st century gracefully and has still kept its value.

This wonderfully sought-after material is incredibly long-lasting and three times as warm as wool, with a soft-to-the-touch texture that’s larger than life.

Our Cashmere is made from Grade-A Mongolian materials, making it a luxurious, warm and soft fabric to withstand snow days and lower-than-iced coffee temperatures. Its fibers are some of the highest-quality on the market, making it the perfect clothing investment and gift for those who like a little luxury in their lives.

Shop Women's Cashmere

Shop Women's Cashmere

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Shop Cashmere

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious.

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious.

All About Cashmere

All About Cashmere

Where does cashmere come from?

Where does cashmere come from?

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious. Not to be confused with sheep (where other types of wool come from), cashmere undergoes a different process to become what we come to know and love.

It goes something like this: Springtime is the time to cultivate this lovely material, as it is when the goats do not need their fur and shed their winter hair.

The cashmere is detached from the goats in a non-harmful way to secure their safety and a raw product. Fun fact: combing the goats is the most optimal method to collect the cashmere. Even though it is time-consuming, this is what keeps the material noteworthy, in order to not compromise great quality cashmere clothing and knitwear.

The cashmere goats have a two-layered coat with two different purposes: when the hair is removed, the coarser top layer is separated from the softer under-hair. The outer-layer is coarse and used to make brushes, non-apparel items and to protect from the elements due to their nature. The undercoat is soft, fine and dense, the perfect conditions to make fabrics, and wearable items the cashmere sweaters you love so much.

We ensure our cashmere is sourced from sustainable origins in order to secure top-quality and ethical practices.

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious. Not to be confused with sheep (where other types of wool come from), cashmere undergoes a different process to become what we come to know and love.

It goes something like this: Springtime is the time to cultivate this lovely material, as it is when the goats do not need their fur and shed their winter hair.

The cashmere is detached from the goats in a non-harmful way to secure their safety and a raw product. Fun fact: combing the goats is the most optimal method to collect the cashmere. Even though it is time-consuming, this is what keeps the material noteworthy, in order to not compromise great quality cashmere clothing and knitwear.

The cashmere goats have a two-layered coat with two different purposes: when the hair is removed, the coarser top layer is separated from the softer under-hair. The outer-layer is coarse and used to make brushes, non-apparel items and to protect from the elements due to their nature. The undercoat is soft, fine and dense, the perfect conditions to make fabrics, and wearable items the cashmere sweaters you love so much.

We ensure our cashmere is sourced from sustainable origins in order to secure top-quality and ethical practices.

Shop Men's Cashmere

Shop Men's Cashmere

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

SHOP CASHMERE

Is all cashmere the same?

Is all cashmere the same?

Short answer: No. Long answer: Below. The quality of cashmere is correlated to the different grades that exist. There are three grades: A, B and C.

  • Grade A: la crème de la crème. It has 14 microns width per hair.

  • Grade B: the medium ground, around 18-19 microns width per hair.

  • Grade C: is the lowest quality, measuring around 30 microns width per cashmere hair.

So, contrary to what may be typically believed, the thinner the cashmere, the finer the construction. This ensures top quality for the final product. Geography also plays a part in how cashmere is produced, causing the quality of the cashmere practices and products to change. The finest cashmere is produced in the Kashmir region of India, where cashmere originated. This is due to the harsh winter conditions of the region, causing Kashmir goats to grow finer, denser hair, that produce the top raw materials for cashmere touchable, wearable pieces. For this reason, their limited quantities make them an exclusive and expensive material. And, the question of the century (well, of this section): How can you tell which is which? Use your senses. In other words: touching is believing! You’re in the presence of 100% Grade A cashmere if:

  • It stretches and goes back to its natural shape.

  • Once you run your hand, it does not shed small threads.

  • It feels like soft, melt-in-your-hands fabric.

Short answer: No. Long answer: Below. The quality of cashmere is correlated to the different grades that exist. There are three grades: A, B and C.

  • Grade A: la crème de la crème. It has 14 microns width per hair.

  • Grade B: the medium ground, around 18-19 microns width per hair.

  • Grade C: is the lowest quality, measuring around 30 microns width per cashmere hair.

So, contrary to what may be typically believed, the thinner the cashmere, the finer the construction. This ensures top quality for the final product. Geography also plays a part in how cashmere is produced, causing the quality of the cashmere practices and products to change. The finest cashmere is produced in the Kashmir region of India, where cashmere originated. This is due to the harsh winter conditions of the region, causing Kashmir goats to grow finer, denser hair, that produce the top raw materials for cashmere touchable, wearable pieces. For this reason, their limited quantities make them an exclusive and expensive material. And, the question of the century (well, of this section): How can you tell which is which? Use your senses. In other words: touching is believing! You’re in the presence of 100% Grade A cashmere if:

  • It stretches and goes back to its natural shape.

  • Once you run your hand, it does not shed small threads.

  • It feels like soft, melt-in-your-hands fabric.

What makes cashmere so great?

What makes cashmere so great?

Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

With higher quality comes a higher price tag… As we just referenced, cashmere is versatile, soft and breathable, making it a top-quality material that finds its worth with its composition and origins. The limited amount of 100% Grade-A cashmere produced by true wool-farmers in the Kashmir regions makes this fabric very desirable. Additionally, a whole process goes into the creation of this material. Prior to collecting the raw materials to create the final product, it takes time and patience to comb the goats to ensure the highest quality and the softest garments. So, the more care and brushing, the lovelier the cashmere and the higher the price! P.S. Once this de-hairing process has taken place, the cashmere is ready to be woven, dyed and spun to create the final luxurious clothing you have been reading about. In a nutshell, cashmere is not just a little pricier than its typical wool cousin because of its incredible softness, but also because of its durable nature, versatile wear and the extensive process it goes through to become the lovely clothes you wear and blankets you sleep with.

With higher quality comes a higher price tag… As we just referenced, cashmere is versatile, soft and breathable, making it a top-quality material that finds its worth with its composition and origins. The limited amount of 100% Grade-A cashmere produced by true wool-farmers in the Kashmir regions makes this fabric very desirable. Additionally, a whole process goes into the creation of this material. Prior to collecting the raw materials to create the final product, it takes time and patience to comb the goats to ensure the highest quality and the softest garments. So, the more care and brushing, the lovelier the cashmere and the higher the price! P.S. Once this de-hairing process has taken place, the cashmere is ready to be woven, dyed and spun to create the final luxurious clothing you have been reading about. In a nutshell, cashmere is not just a little pricier than its typical wool cousin because of its incredible softness, but also because of its durable nature, versatile wear and the extensive process it goes through to become the lovely clothes you wear and blankets you sleep with.

Make a cashmere comb your best friend. When pills inevitably come, just use a sweater comb to brush them away. Use a bit of pressure when combing, but don’t be rough!

Make a cashmere comb your best friend. When pills inevitably come, just use a sweater comb to brush them away. Use a bit of pressure when combing, but don’t be rough!

How do I care for cashmere?

How do I care for cashmere?

It takes a little work to take care of your Cashmere garments. But this will ensure its forever-wear and tip-top shape. Here’s some advice for the ultimate Cashmere Care or CC:

  • Lesson 1: No machines, please. This lovely fabric should only be washed by hand with cold water, as the fabric becomes fragile when wet. Using a mild soap or detergent is also recommended, and letting it air dry is vital to its shape and durability.

  • Lesson 2: Say no to fabric softener. A little known fact is that cashmere becomes softer as time goes by. Chemical softeners can damage the fabric and limit its durability, so be sure to keep it simple with the washing routine.

  • Lesson 3: Wash a little, wear a lot. Another day, the same outfit! Because of its breathable nature, cashmere can be aired out for use the next day.. and remain fresh for a little while longer.

It takes a little work to take care of your Cashmere garments. But this will ensure its forever-wear and tip-top shape. Here’s some advice for the ultimate Cashmere Care or CC:

  • Lesson 1: No machines, please. This lovely fabric should only be washed by hand with cold water, as the fabric becomes fragile when wet. Using a mild soap or detergent is also recommended, and letting it air dry is vital to its shape and durability.

  • Lesson 2: Say no to fabric softener. A little known fact is that cashmere becomes softer as time goes by. Chemical softeners can damage the fabric and limit its durability, so be sure to keep it simple with the washing routine.

  • Lesson 3: Wash a little, wear a lot. Another day, the same outfit! Because of its breathable nature, cashmere can be aired out for use the next day.. and remain fresh for a little while longer.

OK, BUT HOW DO YOU STOP CASHMERE FROM PILLING?

OK, BUT HOW DO YOU STOP CASHMERE FROM PILLING?

The fact is that all wool and cashmere is going to pill. But a few easy tricks can make a difference: Use sweater spray instead of washing occasionally. Try to wear your pieces 5-6 times between washes. In the meantime, we highly recommend the Wool & Cashmere Spray from The Laundress. Lightly spray and leave your sweater out for a bit before putting it away.

The fact is that all wool and cashmere is going to pill. But a few easy tricks can make a difference: Use sweater spray instead of washing occasionally. Try to wear your pieces 5-6 times between washes. In the meantime, we highly recommend the Wool & Cashmere Spray from The Laundress. Lightly spray and leave your sweater out for a bit before putting it away.

ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

1. Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

1. Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

2. How is Quince's cashmere much more affordable?

2. How is Quince's cashmere much more affordable?

3. What's the best way to wash cashmere?

3. What's the best way to wash cashmere?

4. How often should you wash cashmere?

4. How often should you wash cashmere?

5. And how do I keep cashmere from pilling?

5. And how do I keep cashmere from pilling?

all about cashmere

all about cashmere

Warmer clothes are being put on rotation. Naturally, wool has a special place in our hearts, so we thought we would take on the subject of “Cashmere”: one the world's most expensive materials, and answer all your potential questions.

Warmer clothes are being put on rotation. Naturally, wool has a special place in our hearts, so we thought we would take on the subject of “Cashmere”: one the world's most expensive materials, and answer all your potential questions.

All About Cashmere

All About Cashmere

what is cashmere?

what is cashmere?

Cashmere: wool’s close cousin with a finer, softer and warmer DNA, this luxurious material is one of the most desirable in the world.

Born in Kashmir, it takes its name after this northern Indian region but with an anglicized version of the word, AKA: “Cashmere.” Produced and loved for thousands of years, it was originally worn by emperors and eventually brought to Europe in the 19th century. Cashmere doesn't just have historical relevance - it has also been taken into the 21st century gracefully and has still kept its value.

This wonderfully sought-after material is incredibly long-lasting and three times as warm as wool, with a soft-to-the-touch texture that’s larger than life.

Our Cashmere is made from Grade-A Mongolian materials, making it a luxurious, warm and soft fabric to withstand snow days and lower-than-iced coffee temperatures. Its fibers are some of the highest-quality on the market, making it the perfect clothing investment and gift for those who like a little luxury in their lives.

Cashmere: wool’s close cousin with a finer, softer and warmer DNA, this luxurious material is one of the most desirable in the world.

Born in Kashmir, it takes its name after this northern Indian region but with an anglicized version of the word, AKA: “Cashmere.” Produced and loved for thousands of years, it was originally worn by emperors and eventually brought to Europe in the 19th century. Cashmere doesn't just have historical relevance - it has also been taken into the 21st century gracefully and has still kept its value.

This wonderfully sought-after material is incredibly long-lasting and three times as warm as wool, with a soft-to-the-touch texture that’s larger than life.

Our Cashmere is made from Grade-A Mongolian materials, making it a luxurious, warm and soft fabric to withstand snow days and lower-than-iced coffee temperatures. Its fibers are some of the highest-quality on the market, making it the perfect clothing investment and gift for those who like a little luxury in their lives.

Shop Women's Cashmere

Shop Women's Cashmere

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Shop Cashmere

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious.

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious.

All About Cashmere

All About Cashmere

Where does cashmere come from?

Where does cashmere come from?

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious. Not to be confused with sheep (where other types of wool come from), cashmere undergoes a different process to become what we come to know and love.

It goes something like this: Springtime is the time to cultivate this lovely material, as it is when the goats do not need their fur and shed their winter hair.

The cashmere is detached from the goats in a non-harmful way to secure their safety and a raw product. Fun fact: combing the goats is the most optimal method to collect the cashmere. Even though it is time-consuming, this is what keeps the material noteworthy, in order to not compromise great quality cashmere clothing and knitwear.

The cashmere goats have a two-layered coat with two different purposes: when the hair is removed, the coarser top layer is separated from the softer under-hair. The outer-layer is coarse and used to make brushes, non-apparel items and to protect from the elements due to their nature. The undercoat is soft, fine and dense, the perfect conditions to make fabrics, and wearable items the cashmere sweaters you love so much.

We ensure our cashmere is sourced from sustainable origins in order to secure top-quality and ethical practices.

The actual material comes from the wool of pashmina and cashmere goats, creatures as playful as they are precious. Not to be confused with sheep (where other types of wool come from), cashmere undergoes a different process to become what we come to know and love.

It goes something like this: Springtime is the time to cultivate this lovely material, as it is when the goats do not need their fur and shed their winter hair.

The cashmere is detached from the goats in a non-harmful way to secure their safety and a raw product. Fun fact: combing the goats is the most optimal method to collect the cashmere. Even though it is time-consuming, this is what keeps the material noteworthy, in order to not compromise great quality cashmere clothing and knitwear.

The cashmere goats have a two-layered coat with two different purposes: when the hair is removed, the coarser top layer is separated from the softer under-hair. The outer-layer is coarse and used to make brushes, non-apparel items and to protect from the elements due to their nature. The undercoat is soft, fine and dense, the perfect conditions to make fabrics, and wearable items the cashmere sweaters you love so much.

We ensure our cashmere is sourced from sustainable origins in order to secure top-quality and ethical practices.

Shop Men's Cashmere

Shop Men's Cashmere

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

Our luxurious 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters are going to be your new go to wardrobe staple.

SHOP CASHMERE

Is all cashmere the same?

Is all cashmere the same?

Short answer: No. Long answer: Below. The quality of cashmere is correlated to the different grades that exist. There are three grades: A, B and C.

  • Grade A: la crème de la crème. It has 14 microns width per hair.

  • Grade B: the medium ground, around 18-19 microns width per hair.

  • Grade C: is the lowest quality, measuring around 30 microns width per cashmere hair.

So, contrary to what may be typically believed, the thinner the cashmere, the finer the construction. This ensures top quality for the final product. Geography also plays a part in how cashmere is produced, causing the quality of the cashmere practices and products to change. The finest cashmere is produced in the Kashmir region of India, where cashmere originated. This is due to the harsh winter conditions of the region, causing Kashmir goats to grow finer, denser hair, that produce the top raw materials for cashmere touchable, wearable pieces. For this reason, their limited quantities make them an exclusive and expensive material. And, the question of the century (well, of this section): How can you tell which is which? Use your senses. In other words: touching is believing! You’re in the presence of 100% Grade A cashmere if:

  • It stretches and goes back to its natural shape.

  • Once you run your hand, it does not shed small threads.

  • It feels like soft, melt-in-your-hands fabric.

Short answer: No. Long answer: Below. The quality of cashmere is correlated to the different grades that exist. There are three grades: A, B and C.

  • Grade A: la crème de la crème. It has 14 microns width per hair.

  • Grade B: the medium ground, around 18-19 microns width per hair.

  • Grade C: is the lowest quality, measuring around 30 microns width per cashmere hair.

So, contrary to what may be typically believed, the thinner the cashmere, the finer the construction. This ensures top quality for the final product. Geography also plays a part in how cashmere is produced, causing the quality of the cashmere practices and products to change. The finest cashmere is produced in the Kashmir region of India, where cashmere originated. This is due to the harsh winter conditions of the region, causing Kashmir goats to grow finer, denser hair, that produce the top raw materials for cashmere touchable, wearable pieces. For this reason, their limited quantities make them an exclusive and expensive material. And, the question of the century (well, of this section): How can you tell which is which? Use your senses. In other words: touching is believing! You’re in the presence of 100% Grade A cashmere if:

  • It stretches and goes back to its natural shape.

  • Once you run your hand, it does not shed small threads.

  • It feels like soft, melt-in-your-hands fabric.

What makes cashmere so great?

What makes cashmere so great?

Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

Why is cashmere typically so expensive?

With higher quality comes a higher price tag… As we just referenced, cashmere is versatile, soft and breathable, making it a top-quality material that finds its worth with its composition and origins. The limited amount of 100% Grade-A cashmere produced by true wool-farmers in the Kashmir regions makes this fabric very desirable. Additionally, a whole process goes into the creation of this material. Prior to collecting the raw materials to create the final product, it takes time and patience to comb the goats to ensure the highest quality and the softest garments. So, the more care and brushing, the lovelier the cashmere and the higher the price! P.S. Once this de-hairing process has taken place, the cashmere is ready to be woven, dyed and spun to create the final luxurious clothing you have been reading about. In a nutshell, cashmere is not just a little pricier than its typical wool cousin because of its incredible softness, but also because of its durable nature, versatile wear and the extensive process it goes through to become the lovely clothes you wear and blankets you sleep with.

With higher quality comes a higher price tag… As we just referenced, cashmere is versatile, soft and breathable, making it a top-quality material that finds its worth with its composition and origins. The limited amount of 100% Grade-A cashmere produced by true wool-farmers in the Kashmir regions makes this fabric very desirable. Additionally, a whole process goes into the creation of this material. Prior to collecting the raw materials to create the final product, it takes time and patience to comb the goats to ensure the highest quality and the softest garments. So, the more care and brushing, the lovelier the cashmere and the higher the price! P.S. Once this de-hairing process has taken place, the cashmere is ready to be woven, dyed and spun to create the final luxurious clothing you have been reading about. In a nutshell, cashmere is not just a little pricier than its typical wool cousin because of its incredible softness, but also because of its durable nature, versatile wear and the extensive process it goes through to become the lovely clothes you wear and blankets you sleep with.

Make a cashmere comb your best friend. When pills inevitably come, just use a sweater comb to brush them away. Use a bit of pressure when combing, but don’t be rough!

Make a cashmere comb your best friend. When pills inevitably come, just use a sweater comb to brush them away. Use a bit of pressure when combing, but don’t be rough!