Personally, I loathe the mass-produced cashmere now saturating the market. Cashmere is supposed to be a luxury fiber. Now people are paying $80 for a sweater and thinking they have cashmere. Call me an elitist or a snob, but it just pisses me the hell off when someone compares Loro Piana to Lands End or BR ;P Isn't democratization generally a good thing?Â Where would we be, for example, if only rich people could go to college? The wide availability of inexpensive cashmere helps to fund cashmere producers, which in turn makes the development of higher-grade cashmere possible (and in larger quantities, to boot). This is good for both the elite and hoi polloi alike. I see no downside. Go, democratization. I understand being a tad frustrated at people not knowing the difference between Land's End and Loro Piana; it's a bit like people equating LeRoy Neiman with Vincent Van Gogh. However, if you're just pissed that people who have less money than you also get to wear cashmere"”and it really is cashmere, even if not of the highest quality"”then you are an elitist and a snob. Cashmere is luxurious because of its unique properties as well as its scarcity, but not because it's "supposed to be." Granted, less educated and less scrupulous producers may make cashmere more common in all senses of the word, but that doesn't mean a good cashmere sweater shouldn't be available for a mere $80...which, by the way, is still damned expensive for most people in the world.