Cashmere v. Camel Hair Overcoatings?

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  1. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Is cashmere truly as fragile as many say. I like the Scabal cashmere to the far left in the photos below, but am thinking of just getting one of the W. Bill camel hairs to ensure durability.

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  2. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    IMHO 100% Cashmere is too fragile for overcoats.
     
  3. BerryWall

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    In my experience, high quality cashmere is quite durable. I have a chesterfield made by Chester Barrie that is showing no signs of wear after sixteen years. I have found camel hair to be a bit more perishable. Durability of any cloth is to a great extent determined by quality. I am sure that there are many members who have experience with the types of cloth that you would find suitable.
     
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    Twotone Senior member

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    Camel would be my choice (one hump).
     
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    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sorry mate, two humps!


     
  6. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Take a look at Harrison's camel hair. There is more than one color in their books, you get a choice.
     
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    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Thanks - you think its better than W. Bill?
     
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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Haven't seen or used the W. Bill version. Saying this because of how much I liked the Harrison's camel hair.

    Cashmere is durable but wouldn't recommend it for a daily use coat. Client wore one as a daily beater and the nap wore severely on the sleeve openings, front edge of the coat and the along the hem. If the coat is in rotation and worn infrequently it would hold up for years but the pure cashmere will show more signs of aging.
    80% wool, 20% cashmere blends have the same surface look and is more stable and a good alternative. You can get patterns, mainly herringbone and a broader range of colors with the 80/20 blend.
     
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    Thank you Chris - very helpful.
     
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    There is always the 1kg LL Everest cashmere.
     
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    At 450 gbp / meter :wow:
     

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