Originally Posted by swiego
1-ply? 2-ply? Good? Not so good?
I have seen this at the regular store as well as the Last Call. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. Cashmere is very soft, but it's hard to tell how durable. Some are labeled "superfine" others "luxury cashmere" and still others "private label" but all are listed as made in China. Prices are ~ $200-700 retail; the Last Call discounts make them seem a relatively good value.
Last Call is an outlet owned by NM just as Off 5th is owned by SAKS but that's the extent of it. The merchandise is all different and it's really another company.
Made in China is not bad and today can mean Made in Hong Kong where high quality goods were always made.
Cashmere is one of those items which if you don't get the top quality is hardly worthy of the name. Cashmere used to be difined as the undercoat from the neck area of the Kashmir goat raised in certain areas of the world.
Goats have 2 coats, a rough one and an undercoat. Much of the stuff today sold as "cashmere" is just the undercoat of a goat, in some countries it's called underdown. This is why there is such a difference in price. A real cashmere sweate rmay be $400. Like a light V neck for example. While a cheap version may sell for under a $100 or even $50 on sale.
Real cashmere is very durable. When you hear people who complain about cashmere or any other fibre, you can be sure that it's a cheap version. I still have some old Alan Paine sweaters, like 30 years old, and they still look new despite the fact that they've been washed a number of times.