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I thought cashmere stuff is expensive, but I am wrong

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by goldencs, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. goldencs

    goldencs Well-Known Member

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  2. marblehouse

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    Must be imitation. Surely not authentic cashmere.
     
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    Ebay, period.

    That being said, cashmere is a type of goat and says nothing about the quality of the wool of the quality/fit of the jacket. Cashmere, in this instance, means little to nothing.
     
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    Metropolitan View is a house brand at Bloomingdales, not awful quality. I have a couple dress shirts by them and they are on par with any ~$100 OTR dress shirt, but I bought them from TJ Maxx for $25 a pop. I'd say whoever got that probably snagged a hell of a deal.
     
  5. goldencs

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    I have never heard of the brand of Metropolitan View. How is it rated against Ralph Lauren?
     
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    Not as good in construction and materials.

    For one, they use synthetic cashmere (made of hi-tech polymers that are pressed into logs, spun into yarn, and then dyed).

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    Synthetic Cashmere!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!

    I know better than to pursue anything remotely resembling inexpensive cashmere - as the good stuff is NEVER cheap.

    But I had no idea there was such a thing as synthetic cashmere!!!!!! :brick:

    Is it legal to call this stuff cashmere???? Where is 'big gov'ment' when we need it? It ought to be against the law!
     
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    Not true. It would have to be labeled "100% acylic" by law. I don't think Bloomingdale's messes around with that.
     
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    Believe what you want.

    The worst part about it is the child labor implications. Obviously, there is no oversight for worker safety in the countries that produce these synthetic fibers. It's been shown these fibers contain carcinogens such as azo dyes that damage the respiratory tract and and latent toxins that produce horrible reaction with the muscular tissue and skin.

    After many years factories, many children are left with deformation of the forearms and hands.

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    Fake cashmere rolls also bear a remarkable resemblance to simulated crab meat sticks...

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    You should see what fake Vicuna looks like.

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    Dammit now I'm hungry. mmm synthetics...

    But seriously, they would by law have to label a synthetic cashmere as acrylics. I don't feel like this is something you can really fudge, unless anyone who uses those materials and tries to pass them off as anything else is really itching for a potentially career destroying expose.
     
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    you can have cashmere that's not from the "good" part of the goat as well.
     
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    :crackup:
     
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    Oh you son of a bitch I wasn't able to open the spoiler tab because I was in a lecture hall.

    Well played. [​IMG]
     
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    Had me going too. And to matters worse......I actually looked at that 'synthetic cashmere' and thought to myself..........my that looks like that fake crab shit you see at the grocery store........

    I think the phrase: 'hook, line and sinker' is apropos.

    :embar:
     
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    WOW. Never heard of manmade cashmere. The label clearly says: 100% cashmere, made in Italy.

    I cannot imagine a reputable firm like Bloomingdale would intentionally mislable it.
     
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    goldencs Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I forgot to mention: list price: $1,095.

    $1,095 for synthetic cashmere?

    How is the brand of Metropolitan View, seriously?
     
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    It's not about them "mislabeling" it per se. Strict restrictions for declaration and disclosure of textiles are really only enforced in the purposes of custom duties and quotas. Technically it is not illegal in the U.S. since the company producing the fabric for Metropolitan View declares it "Cashmere" - and good luck in International arbitration proving this otherwise.

    That being said, Metropolitan View (owned by conglomerate Macy's) knows exactly what they are doing. Synthetic crabshmere allows for much higher profit margins - which allows them to mark ridiculous sales off of inflated MSRPs (i.e. $1,095) and still make healthy profits. Few customers - if ever - buy items from Metropolitan View at full retail price, but they can afford to sell their items at 80% off since they cost nothing to produce.

    Illegal? No. Unethical? Yes.

    It has the potential to krill the luxury cashmere industry.
     
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    Crabshmere!!!!!!

    Krill !!!!!!!!

    :happy:
     

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