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Loro piana cashmere

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I checked out the newly opened Loro Piana boutique in San Francisco's Union Square. It just opened last Thursday according to the salespeople. I thought I would share my experience with the members of this forum, and I would definetely recommend it to anyone in the SF area. This was my first Loro Piana boutique I have visited, so size wise, I don't know how it compares to others in the world. I can't imagine it would rank amongst the largest though. In any event, I found the salespeople to be very friendly and curteous. It is nice to walk into a boutique and know that the salespeople don't think they own the place. I chatted with the manager as well as the assistant. The boutique has a custom suit and shirt and tie service. The custom shirts will run around $350. The tie program allows the individual the ability to have his/her name embroidered on the tie. Of course I was in there to look at their famous cashmere sweaters, and I got a good idea as to what they have. They will be getting a large shipment in soon, which will be nice because I am planning on getting one of their sweaters for Christmas. They had a large selection of v necks, but their turtleneck selection was lacking. But again, the saleslady said they would be getting a shipment of sweaters in soon. Anyways, they have a line called "La Casa" which allows a customer to custom order cashmere blankets, throws, pillows, bedding, and covers for ottomans and armchairs. Truly one can induldge themselves in this soft luxurious fabric. I am curious if anyone reading this post owns a LP cashmere sweater, and I would like to get their comments on it. This will be my first Loro Piana, as my first two cashmere sweaters were Banana Republic ones, so obviously there will be a vast change in quality (and price too, but that's ok).
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the september issue of british esquire has a short one page article on loro piana cashmere in which sergio loro piana states that banana republic was able to offer cashmere at a cheap price because there was a glut of cashmere in the market from china but that the difference comes in the finishing and that no one matches the finishing loro piana can produce out of their ulan bator factory he basically said not to pay attention to gauge or ply count in cashmere as it is meaningless, pay attention to what your own touch says about quality the interesting thing i did not know is that the government of peru chose loro piana as its partner in saving and managing the vicuna heards in the andes mountains to ensure its survival and thus, the continuation of the vicuna production which sergio loro piana believes is the most luxurious textile available on earth
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I'm not sure what kind of comment is necessary. Loro Piana cashmere is incredibly soft. Treat it well, and it'll be something you can use for a long time. Better be too, with the prices it costs.
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There is a Loro Piana building in New York too.  Of course there is one floor dedicated to custom tailoring.   Shirts used to be made in a Neapolitan factory, and a large selection of shirting fabrics are available.  While they are beautiful fabrics, I'd have to say they are not the best.  Suiting fabrics, however, are one of a kind.  Fabric is available in almost every micron-width that they have ever made, include vicuna.  When Peru opened the bidding for Vicuna some years ago (in 2000?) I think Loro Piana won the largest bale along with Cucinelli (?).  Vicuna has a micron width of about 12, which is thinner than cashmere.  Suits starts from $2600, which is quite a good deal. If you are new to cashmere, don't worry about terminologies, as they will confuse you a great deal.  However, there is a big different between single-ply and 2-ply, even 4-ply cashmere, as they will indicate the weight of the finished garment.  On top of that, there is a variety of cashmere quality from Scotland, Asia (Mongolia) and Italian.  Mongolian cashmere, which is from the Kashmir goat, is said to produce the softest cashmere, of about 14 micron, which is combed from the inner coat of the goat.  About 50% to 60% of cashmere in the world is from Mongolia, which is also Mongolia's main export. I love my Loro Piana cashmere, but in order to keep them for years to come, one needs a cashmere brush, which will remove dirt collected on the fabric that our human eyes cannot see (or maybe it's just my eyes).  If you are in the market for cashmere, I would recommend, other than Loro Piana, the famous Italian maker Brunello Cucinelli.  In my opinion Cucinelli makes some of the finest knitwear.  Their website is a joy to surf too. You will find a great many items you will fall in love in Loro Piana: Rain-and-wind jackets of all kinds (I even have a Safari jacket), sportcoats (usually unlined, and only available in Loro Piana's store), cotton knits (which feel like cashmere.) and scarfs.
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Loro Piana just had its sample sale here in NYC, it ended on Wednesday. Not that much in the way of cashmere accesories, but it was very crowded and people were clearly stocking up on goods marked 60-80% off. Lots of silk/cashmere blends that were incredibly soft....quality seemed superb. However, most of their designs seemed a bit too old-mannish to me....but then again at $600 a sweater, the average 20yr old is not in their target demographic.
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