Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by spectre, Jul 18, 2008.
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).
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.
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.
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
I found this re John Laing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4595844.stm Dawson's bought John Laing in Feb 2006. (Dawson's were the ones who "disposed" of an investment in Ballantyne to Italians in Mar 2004).
The finest Scottish Knitwear I've found (and purchased) is Cainsmoore. Also Gran Sasso has/had a program of basic cashmere offered in both single and double ply yarns by Todd & Duncan a premier Scottish Cashmere yarn supplier.
Cains Moore is Italian (http://www.cainsmoore.it).
my mistake, thanks for the update
I am a very pleased customer of william lockie. The quality is superb, the color range extensive. I can also say they make the finest merino knit shirts that I own
Thanks - I appreciate your recommendation and everyone else's help in pointing me to a good source.
I used to wear Ballantyne, Pringle, Johnson's of Elgin, NPeal. . .. all of which are either sold, gone stupidly trendy, or out of business. The one enduring rock of Hawick is William Lockie. The company sells directly through its own website or heatherwallace.com
Incredible range of colors, beautiful, tightly woven cashmere, lovely cuts to their sweaters. And their prices, even including shipping and conversion to $USD, are substantially lower than you will pay retail for their products in the USA.
A tip: If you can bite off this much, the company will custom-make you sweaters in their Rolls Royce weight. . .a heavier, beautiful two-ply (their retailers here call it four-ply, but that's bullshit. . .they just use an extra luxurious weight of Todd and Duncan yarn). Here's the thing, though: You must buy at least four. That's the deal. I guess they have to fire up a loom and dedicate it just to your needs.
Thing is, four of their fabulous, luxury weight sweaters, V-neck or crew (or two of each), in an absolutely dazzling array of about 120 colors, costs about what one Brunello Cucinelli two ply goes for. . .about $1600.
I have several. The man at Lockie to talk to is a guy named Allan Gilchrist. I'd hurry, before there's nothing left in Hawick but a cashmere museum.
The Scots are getting their asses handed to them by the trendy names on the continent, and the cheapies in China (which are often one and the same).
+1. Lockie is one of the last hidden gems. I believe Drake's uses them for some of their cashmere and I know they make all of Ben Silver's stuff. Think I'm gonna pull the trigger on a few in the next month or so as I'm in the midst of re-upping my knitwear.
You know, usually 4 year old necro posts leave me wanting. But I have to say thanks for bringing this one back to life.
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