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Favorite cashmere sweater maker?

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Time to get some cashmere. Females love a guy in need-to-touch cashmere and, except for their delicate-ness and susceptibility to moths, I love them myself as well.

Can anyone list their favorite values? Uniqlo is of course very popular. Everlane apparently too, though I’m a little scared of reports they might be more on the relaxed than slim size?

Could anyone share any more ideas for high value affordable cashmere? Extra appreciation for anyone who might be able to report a manufacturer that offers an actually interesting color.
 

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Around $150 and below. Maybe it’s cheap :). I don’t generally do luxury clothing but can stretch a little in order to have cashmere. $150 is about the limit for me, though.
 

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Derek (@dieworkwear) has written a number of good articles on quality cashmere. Basically (and I completely agree with him), high quality cashmere is expensive and you won't find a 'good' new cashmere sweater that won't pill and/or stretch out in a few seasons for under $300 retail.

At $200 and less, if you really want high quality cashmere I'd strongly recommend finding a vintage cashmere sweater on eBay, especially those made in Scotland like Pringle, Smedley, Alan Paine, Ballantyne -- the old Ballantyne though. Sometimes you'll find good value on Yoox and other sites if you know what you're looking for (Malo, Fioroni, Drumohr for example). If you want to buy new, consider merino or lambswool instead.
 

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Ok thanks for the advice. I’ll look around on some of those brands. I guess it’s not the greatest time of the year to be finding good stuff on sale (basically the worst). How is the fit on vintage sweaters? Are they liable to be very “90s” fit etc? I’m slim at only 6’ 150lb. Do you find the fit very variable?
 

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I'm 5'10 and 140-145 lb so I understand where you're coming from. It can be hard to find vintage sweaters in smaller sizes on eBay and the like. I've had more success on sites like Yoox especially as the Italian makers generally produce trimmer-fitting sweaters.
 

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Do you happen to know how good the Yoox 8 brand cashmere is? It’s competitive with Uniqlo on price and made in Italy rather than China. Maybe it’s better than most cheap stuff?
 

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No personal experience but I think others have said here that it’s good. That being said, there’s really no way around the fact that high quality cashmere yarn is expensive. It’s kinda like asking how to find cheap gold or diamonds. The raw material is expensive.
 
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