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Durable cashmere sweater brands?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. seanandnik

    seanandnik Well-Known Member

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    I was in Neiman's yesterday and there was a lightweight white cashmere sweater from Malo, when i picked it up I thought it was going to float away that is how light and soft it was. Really the softest cashmere I have ever felt, but you pay for this quality,$795. Also there was a cashmere sportcoat from Boglioli, unlined and unconstructed, I tried it on and it was like a big sweater, didn't feel like a jacket at all, Loro Piana had the same jacket too, but there's had some lining in the sleeves I think, this is exactly what I was looking for for this winter, but alas, it was $2600 for the Boglioli and over $3000 for the Loro. Maybe they'll be there at a future sale......
     
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    For stuff that is indestructable I might add Peter Scott.
     
  4. kolecho

    kolecho Well-Known Member

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    For a student's budget, forget cashmere. Get some Merino wool ones for the time being. When you start printing money, cashmere will still be around.
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    You might take a look at Land's End cashmere on the more affordable end. Otherwise I would listen to kolecho and look at Merino and lambswool, both of which can be quite soft, and you won't need to worry about them as much.
     
  6. funk_soul_brother

    funk_soul_brother Well-Known Member

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    What about "harrison" cashmere? I just bought a sweater from them from Bluefly, but since I'm in Korea and it's hot as Hell at the moment, I haven't had a chance to wear it (save from waltzing around my apartment). It's surely comfortable, but will it wear well?

    Also -- when you suggest washing it with a "gentle shampoo" -- do you literally mean SHAMPOO? Like what I'd use in my hair?
     
  7. j

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    What about "harrison" cashmere? I just bought a sweater from them from Bluefly, but since I'm in Korea and it's hot as Hell at the moment, I haven't had a chance to wear it (save from waltzing around my apartment). It's surely comfortable, but will it wear well? Also -- when you suggest washing it with a "gentle shampoo" -- do you literally mean SHAMPOO? Like what I'd use in my hair?
    I think the consensus (do a search though) was that Harrison stuff was pretty low quality and it would be better to get something like J. Crew on discount or RL Polo on ebay.

    And I use Woolite on cashmere with steaming in between. You could probably use baby shampoo, but most hair shampoos have foaming ingredients and are actually somewhat harsh. There's also Forever New which is supposed to be ultra gentle, but I don't care enough to go find it and buy it.
     
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  9. LabelKing

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    Josepidal - I think you should get a Lucien Pellat Finet pot leaf sweater and wear it to class.
    Exactly, get some Pellat-Finet ones with the marihuana leaf; it might disturb some of those stodgy but young types, which is the point of being a lawyer, disturbing the peace. However, Bella Freud had some nice cashmere sweaters with a rather skewed looking dog's head pattern.
     
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    Also -- when you suggest washing it with a "gentle shampoo" -- do you literally mean SHAMPOO? Like what I'd use in my hair?

    I've seen "Forever New" suggested as the perfect cashmere wash. It's a powder detergent often sold for washing lingerie.
     
  11. josepidal

    josepidal Well-Known Member

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    When you say Elgin is that Johnston's of Elgin? Is that a good brand?
     
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    I have a Borrelli cashmere sweater that was starting to pull away a bit around the collar. I sent it to them and they fixed it, no charge. So, while not exactly durable, their willingness to repair it seems to indicate a commitment to quality.
     
  13. rbny

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    Another vote for JCrew cashmere sweaters. Durable and a good buy for the price, especially if it's on sale.
     
  14. RJman

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    When you say Elgin is that Johnston's of Elgin? Is that a good brand?
    Elgin is a brand separate from Johnstons. Johnstons is a decent Scottish cashmere brand. The sweaters simply labelled "Elgin" are either a lower sub-brand or another brand entirely. Lot of them at Nordstrom Rack.
     
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    Loro Piana cashmere has a wonderful drape and hand. Brioni is very good too (not sure where they buy their cashmere from).

    I have seen Avoncelli's macaroni sweater (which is something like 24 ply) rebadged for Brioni. I am not sure if this arrangement is true for all their sweaters though, or just for this garment as it is a very special piece.


    24 ply. Wow. I must touch this sweater.[​IMG]
     
  16. pscolari

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    Found a picture online. Go to avoncelli.com and see image 8 to view. One other interesting thing about this sweater I remember is there are no seams. [​IMG]

    http://www.avoncelli.com/
     
  17. southgate house

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    I'm a little surprised by all of the love given to J. Crew cashmere. I bought a blue v-neck this winter and the entire sweater exploded with pills after one wearing. It looks like blue fur at this point.
     
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    Wow, certainly sounds like you're the exception. Can you get your money back, you'd think so if it happened after one wearing?
     
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    IME, the most durable cashmere is Scottish cashmere...Alex Begg, and other brands are Scottish.

    Pretty sure that Begg doesnt do sweaters. Weaves (Scarves, Shawls etc) yes.

    Knitwear, (Sweaters etc) no.

    Add Murray Allan (Now who sells that??? [​IMG] to the list of quality Scottish knitwear.
     
  20. mack11211

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    Vintage cashmere on ebay is fairly inexpensive, esp. in the warm months. All the good old Scottish brands come up semi-frequently.

    I hand wash cashmere in Woolite and dry it flat. I'm wary of washing machines (perhaps I should get one of those lingerie bags of mesh) and of course never use the dryer.
     

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