Cashmere Jumper - Carob
A go-to style that you can wear any day of the week. The classic rolled crew neck and beautifully shaped raglan sleeves team with the tapered cut to give a relaxed fit that will work with both smart and casual outfits. Slightly longer at the back, the sweater can be worn blouson-style, or at its full hip-length.
One size. Clever shaping means that his jumper will happily fit a UK size 10,12 and 14. Garment measures 116cm at bust and is 70cm long at the back, or 45″ at bust and 27″ long at the back approximately.
Although cashmere can be dry-cleaned, this is a very harsh process for such a delicate fibre, so we prefer to suggest hand washing. As with any cashmere garment, minimal washing is ideal. Always use a liquid soap which is especially formulated for wool or cashmere, and always use cold water. Gently squeeze the garment to wet it without pulling or rubbing it. Squeeze out excess water – never wring! – and rinse thouroughly in clean cold water to which you may add a dash of white vinegar as a softening agent. Never use proprietory fabric softeners on cashmere! Again gently squeeze out excess water and then carefully reshape on a towel. Roll the garment up inside the towel and squeeze again to remove more water. Reshape and dry flat away from direct sunlight. Cool iron if needed.
95% Re-engineered cashmere made form pre and post manufacture waste (GRS* 2017-031)
5% RWS** Certified Extrafine Merino Wool (RWS 2018-002)
*Global Recycling Standard
**Responsible Wool Standard
This yarn is spun and knitted in Italy using 95% reclaimed cashmere fibres which are sourced and processed in Italy, and 5% virgin RWS Certified Merino Wool.
Cashmere has been used in the making of clothing for centuries, with the earliest written recorded records dating back to the third century BC. Originating in Mongolia, Kashmir and Nepal, its commercial use in the West dates from more modern times, when it was introduced into Europe in the 18th century. Popularly used to make shawls, known as Pashmina, derived from pashm, the Persian and Urdu word for wool, and as Kashmir shawls from the Kashmiri origins of the fibre, the yarn is now most commonly known by the Anglicised corruption, cashmere.
Cashmere derives from a species of goat which produces fibres which are extremely long, smooth and fine. Traditionally, the goats are combed over a 2 week period in the Spring, as this is when they naturally shed their Winter coats. The resulting harvest consists of some coarser guard hairs, which are later removed, and the downy coat, which lies underneath the guard hair and keeps the animal warm in the Winter, which is then spun into yarn. In some regions, most notably Australia, Iran, Afghanistan and New Zealand, the goats are shorn.
Cashmere is considered to be the ultimate in luxury in the knitwear industry, and for good reason. It is a pleasure to wear, being extremely soft and lightweight and yet having insulating properties that make it roughly three times warmer than wool.
However, cashmere as a farmed commodity has its problems. Increased demand in recent years together with pressure from the market place to reduce prices, has led to problems in production. Overgrazing due to the increased size of herds of the goats has led to impoverishment of land and a decline in the quality of the cashmere produced, as well as having the knock on effect of affecting the ability of farmers, especially those working on a smaller scale, to farm sustainably and to make a decent living from their endeavours.
With this knowledge foremost, the idea of a sustainable brand using virgin cashmere, even though it is a natural yarn and biodegradable, is ludicrous. Recycled cashmere is a must!
This small collection of cashmere garments has been designed with tradition in mind, keeping lines simple and uncomplicated. We believe that the quality of the cashmere speaks for itself! The colour palette has been thoughtfully put together so that different items can be mixed and matched, to create a large number of individual looks, personal to the wearer, while remaining stylistically timeless and enduring.
Our collection is manufactured using recycled cashmere fibres which have been harvested from previously woven, knitted or felted cashmere, as well as scraps which have been harvested during processing and production.
Globally, in 2019, it was estimated that approximately 6,500 tons of cashmere down was farmed. Compare this to the 25 million tons of cotton harvested, and it is easy to see why cashmere is expensive, and why we should treat it as a precious commodity!
However, not only does the use of recycled cashmere reduce demand for virgin fibres, and thus alleviate the associated environmental costs, it also requires far fewer resources to produce than the original virgin fibres.
Produced in Italy, our recycled cashmere is estimated to use 82% less energy, 92% less water and release 97% less CO2 than yarn produced using virgin fibres.