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Best Made in Scotland cashmere?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by spectre, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. spectre

    spectre Senior member

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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.
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Holding down the fort in conservative good quality are John Laing, William Lockie and Hawick Cashmere.
     
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    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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.
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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...
     
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    How about Ballantyne and Pringle?
     
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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.

    Holding down the fort in conservative good quality are John Laing, William Lockie and Hawick Cashmere.
     
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    Johnstons of Elgin makes nice things. You can pick them up at a good price from Sierra Trading Post, assuming they ship to Australia.
     
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    Thanks very much for the tips
     
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    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.
     
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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.
     
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    The Lands End cashmere now is terrible compared to what they sold some years ago.
     
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    The Lands End cashmere now is terrible compared to what they sold some years ago.

    OK - mine are 3 to five years old (maybe a bit older).
     
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    I must be blind - I can't see any solid v-necks in cashmere in the two pages they have...
    Well then there should be.
    Click on "cashmere stock service" from their home page. It will show you what sweaters they have in stock and list the colors available.
    Thats it. What he said.
     
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    Such crew-necks as are still made in Scotland are never single rib which I prefer. Hawick Cashmere did make them but stopped last season.
    Best buy Scottish own label own label stuff for American makes.
     
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    Strange that Laing has had problems with their website. Saw their rep today in new york who is in for the show at pier 49 (?) and he said business was good. I have at least 8 of their sweaters and have been very happy with them
     

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