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Cashmere, who makes the best?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mccormicculus, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. mccormicculus

    mccormicculus New Member

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    I am looking for a good cashmere sweater for a present. I am not worried about the price but I want to know what everyone thinks who are the top contenders in the field. Check out www.cashmere.org. They think that they represent the best of the best.
     
  2. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    If you were referring to the best cashmere fabrics or scarves, determining the best would not be hard. In fabrics, there would be contention between Loro Piana and Millionaire Cashmere. In scarves, shawls, stoles and blankets, Alex Begg takes the title. Once, however, you cross that line from flat goods into manufactured clothing, there is not so definite a "best".
    Malo, Cashmere Cashmere, Tse, and Manrico, among others, are all worth checking out.
     
  3. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

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    I would add Brunello Cucinelli in there.
     
  4. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    And, as an owner of both Malo and N Peal goods, I'd have no difficulty buying N Peal or Ballantyne at a retail price that's considerably less than Malo, Colombo or LP. The Scottish cashmere is marginally less soft than the Italian but it holds its shape better.
     
  5. TheWorldsFinest

    TheWorldsFinest Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    These are definately some of the very best brands that I am selling, have sold, or have taken a closer look at.

    Avon Celli
    Brunello Cucinelli
    Colombo
    Loro Piana
    Malo
    Aida Barni
    Ballantyne
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    Are you the owner of this? : http://stores.ebay.com/id=338761&ssPageName=L2 Jon.
     
  7. ernest

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    I guess one of the most expensive as in general you have what you pay for cashmeres.


    What are the prices of these brands?
     
  8. Material Boy

    Material Boy Senior member

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    Mccormicculus:

    Consider Lucien Pellat-Finet and Kiton cashmeres, both brands are over $2,000 at full retail price.

    Avon Celli is my favorite brand of cashmere sweaters with Malo and Loro Piana running close 2nd and 3rd.

    MB
     
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    Are you talking about an heavy 8 ply or a light 2 ply ?
     
  10. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I very much doubt Lucien Pellat Finet makes cashmere rather than commissioning designs from (good) weavers.

    Ballantyne retails from $550 and way, way up -- a standard sweater from there easily runs $700 and intarsia over $1000 -- that is probably the equal of the Malos and Cucinellis.

    TSE cashmere doesn't strike me as being in the same league.

    My N. Peal cashmere was a little quick to pill on me.
     
  11. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I still wear a cashmere sweater from Banana Republic I picked up seven years ago and it has yet to pill. $495 full retail. Go figure.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    How does Marc Jacobs stack up in this range? I saw that pale blue sweater in GQ a couple months back and I want it, or one in that color anyway. However they appear to retail around $1000 or so. Given the recognizable name, I'm guessing it's probably not worth that much.
     
  13. FFW

    FFW Active Member

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    William lockie, the cashmire sweaters I own from him are really good.
     
  14. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

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    $495 for a Banana Republic cashmere sweater.?.? What kind is it.? The most expensive cashmere sweater I have ever seen them make was a heavier knit turtleneck that went for $300. They haven't made even that for the past few years.
     
  15. Material Boy

    Material Boy Senior member

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    (Material Boy @ Feb. 22 2005,06:40) Mccormicculus: Consider Lucien Pellat-Finet and Kiton cashmeres, both brands are over $2,000 at full retail price. Avon Celli is my favorite brand of cashmere sweaters with Malo and Loro Piana running close 2nd and 3rd. MB
    Are you talking about an heavy 8 ply or a light 2 ply ?
    Ernest: Both the Lucien Pallat-Finet and Kiton I have are the heavy ones (for Fall/Winter wear). Neither has 8-ply on its label. I assume they are both 8-ply consider the price they are charging. MB
     
  16. bigbadbuff

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    john must have a # wrong- BR has never made a sweater that expensive to my knowledge.

    j- I have been wanting that sweater BADLY as well.

    I think it is hard to beat LP as well...

    I've only owned cashmere from BR and Polo (the basic cable knit)... the Polo was great if a bit too thin. The BR, so so.
     
  17. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I bought it fall 1998. It is a four-ply cashmere cardigan with a zip front. It was the most expensive BR sweater I ever saw, and not available in all stores. Anyway, I snatched it up. My aunt, who works at the BR in St. Louis (Richmond Heights), told me BR rarely offers such things and to get them while I can.
     

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