i purchased a Ballantyne recently and to my surprise, it was made in Italy! it was a lightweight cashmere v-neck...i recently posted some RLPL cashmere cableknits on B&S and got those same dismissive comments. i understand where they are coming from - presumably part of the reason one pays these prices is to have an 'Old World artisan' produce their clothing rather than 'Third World labor' - but i feel that you really have to judge each piece on its own merits because i really feel these sweaters are quite fantastic, made in China or no. but i wont take this thread further off topic since this is a discussion about Scottish cashmere. i have been looking to try Scottish cashmere for some time now, but haven't been able (in Florida ) to find suitable examples. mostly i see the rare Ballantyne, a TON of McGeorge at the outlets (apparently they are a division of Ballantyne now), and very little else. perhaps i dont know where to look. incidentally Alan Paine makes a lot of stuff for Saks now, and most are made in Madagascar.
My favourite cashmere comes from TSE, a Chinese firm. I know people are usually dismissive of Chinese clothing but in my experience their stuff is better than the two Loro Pianas and various other high-end cashmere jumpers I've had over the years. The fibers come from NW China and are spun locally.