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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

As far as I know, the "most historic" mill in Scotland is Caerlee in Innerleithen (1788) as opposed to Johnston (1797):

http://caerleemills.com/


Caerlee (I believe, that name is very recently) is the historic Ballantyne factory, which is now mainly produced in Italy (although a few pieces are still made in Scotland). While Johnstons of Elgin produces 70% under different labels, in the case of Caerlee it is most likely to be 95%.

http://caerleemills.com/article.php/16/caerlee-mills-history


Just look at this cardigan and compare it to the one in Drake's collection:

http://caerleemills.com/product.php/12/hand-knitted-mens-chunky-cashmere-cardigan

For Drake's sake, I hope it's not Caerlee.

if it is, they will need a new supplier because Caerlee just went bust.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

But they do. 

Scotland. 


Some of their materials are sourced from Mongolia,

That sounds about right. Don't think they have many cashmere goats in Scotland do they?
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

but made in Scotland.

Made on automated, probably Japanese machinery. Unless they're hand knitted?
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

What Henry Carter was saying is that they don't need to disclose precisely who or where they manufacture their garments - it is sufficient to say the country of manufacture - in this case, Scotland.

I'm sure the country of origin is probably more of a prestige thing, than actual quality these days for premium knitwear. "Made in Scotland" looks better than "Made in China" on the tags. biggrin.gif Especially when one is paying a lot of money for a garment.

Some of the nicest cashmere knits I've seen comes right here, Inner Mongolia. Erdos Cashmere.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Dan e gee View Post

I heard once that 'knitted in scotland' doesn't necessarily mean 'made in Scotland', and you're more likely to be getting yarn that was woven in Scotland and made in another country, usually China.

However, I would not think that applies here.

Now, Drake's don't give much info apart from 'finest fibre from Inner Mongolia, dyed and spun in the most historic and specialized cashmere mill in Scotland.' and 'knitted in the Scottish Borders"

So, does anyone know who:
1) produces the wool, and
2) who who constructs them?

How would anyone rate Drake's cashmere with the likes of Cucinelli, Malo. LP. Colombo, Avon Celli etc., etc.,


Thanks.

 

Probably a variety of sources.  Johnstons; William Lockie may be one.   Lockie 2 ply Camelhair : http://www.westaway.co.uk/william-lockie-mens-camelhair-knitwear/william-lockie-windsor-2ply-camelhair-jacket.html

 

 Drakes 4 ply:  http://www.drakes-london.com/four-ply-baby-camelhair-shawl-collar-cardigan

 

 

The details of pockets, buttons, ribbing, shawl etc are similar

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