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Cashmere Sweater Hierarchy

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I think they require a minimum. I bought six custom sweaters from them once, but I don't know what's the minimum. The order for six went through.

FWIW, if you're in the US, be aware there's a hefty customs fee for cashmere goods. I think I paid something like 50% in duties on my bill. Wasn't expecting that.
Much appreciated. That being the case, I may try my luck with O'Connell's women's sizing. I'll report back on quality of O'C cashmere if/when I pick one up.
 

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Much appreciated. That being the case, I may try my luck with O'Connell's women's sizing. I'll report back on quality of O'C cashmere if/when I pick one up.
That 12 ply looks the business, but it is a beast. Hopefully, there is a turtleneck there that will work for you.
Have you ever called the store to inquire about whom is making their cashmere offerings?
 

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Does anyone made experience with Lanficio Colombo's own product line?

I'm looking for a decent cashmere v neck which is not too heavy so that it can be worn in spring/summer.
This 1ply one from Colombo looks nice too me but would be my first buy from them: https://www.lanificiocolombo.com/de_de/cashmere/herren/strick/natural-beige-pure-cashmere-v-neck-sweater.html
A few of us Stateside have added Fioroni cashmere sweaters and they are amazing. Fioroni makes a Duvet cashmere that is super soft and rinsed in iron rich waters at their facilities.
Got to Barneys and Warehouse and peruse their wares as both of them have quite a few.
 

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That 12 ply looks the business, but it is a beast. Hopefully, there is a turtleneck there that will work for you.
Have you ever called the store to inquire about whom is making their cashmere offerings?
Sure does. I've thought about it but I feel it's a little gauche to do so before actually purchasing and deciding to keep one (obviously there is retail markup etc. but I'm happy to support O'Connell's). I'll post here when I do ask though.
 

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Separately, I've recently come into possession of a handful of Ballantyne for Berk cashmere roll necks. These seem like "the good stuff" in the sense that the cashmere is slightly coarse and thus I'm guessing not overmilled. The cuffs and collar are in amazing shape with a great snap to them despite being second hand, and there's basically no pilling. Appears to be single ply. They ran me ~$30 a pop.

Is this indeed "the good stuff" or was Ballantyne quality for Berk retailers slightly lesser?
 

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Separately, I've recently come into possession of a handful of Ballantyne for Berk cashmere roll necks. These seem like "the good stuff" in the sense that the cashmere is slightly coarse and thus I'm guessing not overmilled. The cuffs and collar are in amazing shape with a great snap to them despite being second hand, and there's basically no pilling. Appears to be single ply. They ran me ~$30 a pop.

Is this indeed "the good stuff" or was Ballantyne quality for Berk retailers slightly lesser?
that's the good stuff, although i personally prefer multi-ply sweaters. ime, they're a bit more durable and warmer to boot. downside is that they're chunkier, which can make them hard to layer under fitted jackets

a one-ply sweater i owned from barrie, for example, stretched out easily in the arms.
 

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that's the good stuff, although i personally prefer multi-ply sweaters. ime, they're a bit more durable and warmer to boot. downside is that they're chunkier, which can make them hard to layer under fitted jackets

a one-ply sweater i owned from barrie, for example, stretched out easily in the arms.
For sure. I'd much rather they be 2-ply minimum... but I suppose buyers on the second hand market can't be choosers. I'll post up a picture of the lot of them in the next few days.
 

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Just stumbled around this thread...

You for sure should checkt out FEDELI - to me one of the top 3 in terms of Knitwear & Cashmere (Actually I just started an appreciation thread for them: (https://www.styleforum.net/threads/fedeli-appreciation-thread.644393/)

And look for Fissore or Fioroni (belonging to Attolini + were doing Knitwear for Tom Ford back in the days where Tom Ford was not a rubbish mainstream brand) on Yoox - they have superb quality and if you are lucky you can grab them on yoox for the fraction of the price!!!
 

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Separately, I've recently come into possession of a handful of Ballantyne for Berk cashmere roll necks. These seem like "the good stuff" in the sense that the cashmere is slightly coarse and thus I'm guessing not overmilled. The cuffs and collar are in amazing shape with a great snap to them despite being second hand, and there's basically no pilling. Appears to be single ply. They ran me ~$30 a pop.

Is this indeed "the good stuff" or was Ballantyne quality for Berk retailers slightly lesser?
the berk for Ballantyne,
it very very good.
Me have some 3 ply cashmere rollnecks bought new and 1 ply bought new.
Very very good.
Me have other Ballantyne 2 ply roll necks bought new and it best there ever was.
It feel thick and soft and never pill.

Old Alan Paine more good than new Alan Paine made-in-England.
It more thick and nice.

2012 ballantyne < old ballantyne
it pill more than old ballantyne

new 3 ply Berk cashmere sweater < new Berk/Ballantyne cashmere sweater.
berk/ballantyne hold up more good and it more solid.
 
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I just purchased a cashmere Attolini sweater. No Attolini label inside, but it was marked as «made in Scotland». Thick cashmere, looks tightly woven to me. Anyone with any idea where this fits in?
 

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I just purchased a cashmere Attolini sweater. No Attolini label inside, but it was marked as «made in Scotland». Thick cashmere, looks tightly woven to me. Anyone with any idea where this fits in?
If it's Attolini it's probably excellent. Odd that it wouldn't have an Attolini label though? Did you buy it in one of their stores?

A couple of years back Attolini bought Fioroni cashmere so it seems odd that they'd use a Scottish maker for their knitwear.
 

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If it's Attolini it's probably excellent. Odd that it wouldn't have an Attolini label though? Did you buy it in one of their stores?

A couple of years back Attolini bought Fioroni cashmere so it seems odd that they'd use a Scottish maker for their knitwear.
It was bought from Isuit, so I expect it to be the real thing.
 

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