Originally Posted by furo
Nope, not exaggerating.
What I find hard to believe is that Ralph Lauren would put an inferior product, from their premier label, on the shelves of its stores knowing full well that this flaw is so easily identifiable, as is the case with the shedding problem I'm referring to. This particular cable knit cashmere sweater has been out for well over a year now.
It would put a major ding in the reputation of the Purple Label line to have such an obvious flaw imo, especially given the intial price point of $900.
With that said, I am truly hoping the shedding problem goes away, because if it doesn't, and I do end up returning it, I will definitely be disappointed, given that RLPL has such high standards from every other product I've seen (and I've handled a lot of it).
When China began limiting its exports of raw cashmere fiber and producing their own yarns in the 1990's, it caused a glut of cheap yarn and finished cashmere garments in the market, and caused prices to plummet. Meanwhile, Scottish manufacturers saw their fiber supplies dry up or disappear altogether. I'm sorry to see these manufacturers reacting the way they are to the new reality: instead of lowering their quality they should have simply raised their prices, and allow the market to separate naturally into people who want long-term durability and are willing to pay for it, and those who're just interested in low price and a soft feel, and don't care about durability.
Italian manufacturers seem to be taking this latter approach, and so far have fared the Chinese storm much better than their Scottish counterparts. Loro Piana recently opened a fiber processing facility in Mongolia, Cucinelli and others are sticking to their traditional minimum quality specs for fiber, etc. I think the current best advice is to stick with these higher-end Italian labels until the Scottish industry hopefully adjusts to producing much lower volumes with traditional quality, instead of lowering their quality in a futile attempt to compete with the Chinese, and inevitably going out of business altogether.