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Best Made in Scotland cashmere?

post #1 of 71
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Can anyone recommend what are the best of the current traditional Scottish cashmere sweater brands?
The makers I bought years ago seem to have disappeared or have become ultra fashion-forward.
I'm looking for conservative v-necks or crew necks in solid colours and Scottish makes, rather than Italian.
Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 71
Holding down the fort in conservative good quality are John Laing, William Lockie and Hawick Cashmere.
post #3 of 71
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Holding down the fort in conservative good quality are John Laing, William Lockie and Hawick Cashmere.
Unfortuantely, Laing seems to go in and out of business each year.
post #4 of 71
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Unfortuantely, Laing seems to go in and out of business each year.

Yes... but many others simply go out of business -- Murray Allan is dead, Drumohr is a brand now made in Italy, McGeorge is just a name made in China, S Fisher is long gone...
post #5 of 71
How about Ballantyne and Pringle?
post #6 of 71
Ballantyne is Italian as suggested at http://www.ballantyne.it but the sweaters are produced in Scotland (as far as I know) Berk Cashmere (Burlington Arcade, London) is an online retailer of Ballantyne at http://www.berkcashmere.co.uk
post #7 of 71
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Thanks, but it's a nightmare trying to make sense of what they have.

Laing's website leads you to a dead-end search engine, Lockie doesn't appear to offer even a standard v-neck and asks you to contact some guy to talk about it and I can only find women's stuff under Hawick's site.
I believed Ballantyne and Pringle have gone trendy.

I took a punt on a sweater from a Scottish site a year ago - they had a huge range and was adorned with Scottish paraphernalia - but when it arrived it was as thin and poor as Lands End and quickly pilled.

I bought a couple of nice sweaters in person at the Cashmere Store in Edinburgh a long time ago and it's still there, but again trying to navigate it on the internet is troublesome.

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Holding down the fort in conservative good quality are John Laing, William Lockie and Hawick Cashmere.
post #8 of 71
Johnstons of Elgin makes nice things. You can pick them up at a good price from Sierra Trading Post, assuming they ship to Australia.
post #9 of 71
There's a tonne of standard v necks in "Catalog of Sweaters" at http://www.williamlockie.com. William Lockie has an online store at http://www.heatherwallace.com/.
post #10 of 71
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Thanks very much for the tips
post #11 of 71
Thread Starter 
[quote=misterjase;1179208]There's a tonne of standard v necks in "Catalog of Sweaters" at http://www.williamlockie.com.

I must be blind - I can't see any solid v-necks in cashmere in the two pages they have...
post #12 of 71
All of them do extensive private label work. Try www.bensilver.com , www.paulstuart.com , and www.mausandhoffman.com

Maus & Hoffman in particular carried a lot of Scottish cashmere and sent a special catalog a few years ago of the various makers who provided them with cashmere.

However, they may not have a lot in season right now given it's summer in the US.
post #13 of 71
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There's a tonne of standard v necks in "Catalog of Sweaters" at http://www.williamlockie.com.

I must be blind - I can't see any solid v-necks in cashmere in the two pages they have...

Click on "cashmere stock service" from their home page. It will show you what sweaters they have in stock and list the colors available.
post #14 of 71
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I took a punt on a sweater from a Scottish site a year ago - they had a huge range and was adorned with Scottish paraphernalia - but when it arrived it was as thin and poor as Lands End and quickly pilled.


I don't buy much from LE - but I did get two of their cashmere sweaters and they have held up quite well.
post #15 of 71
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The Lands End cashmere now is terrible compared to what they sold some years ago.
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