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I thought cashmere stuff is expensive, but I am wrong

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by goldencs, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Had me going too. And to matters worse......I actually looked at that 'synthetic cashmere' and thought to myself..........my that looks like that fake crab shit you see at the grocery store........

    I think the phrase: 'hook, line and sinker' is apropos.

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  2. goldencs

    goldencs Well-Known Member

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    WOW. Never heard of manmade cashmere. The label clearly says: 100% cashmere, made in Italy.

    I cannot imagine a reputable firm like Bloomingdale would intentionally mislable it.
     


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    goldencs Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I forgot to mention: list price: $1,095.

    $1,095 for synthetic cashmere?

    How is the brand of Metropolitan View, seriously?
     


  4. marblehouse

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    It's not about them "mislabeling" it per se. Strict restrictions for declaration and disclosure of textiles are really only enforced in the purposes of custom duties and quotas. Technically it is not illegal in the U.S. since the company producing the fabric for Metropolitan View declares it "Cashmere" - and good luck in International arbitration proving this otherwise.

    That being said, Metropolitan View (owned by conglomerate Macy's) knows exactly what they are doing. Synthetic crabshmere allows for much higher profit margins - which allows them to mark ridiculous sales off of inflated MSRPs (i.e. $1,095) and still make healthy profits. Few customers - if ever - buy items from Metropolitan View at full retail price, but they can afford to sell their items at 80% off since they cost nothing to produce.

    Illegal? No. Unethical? Yes.

    It has the potential to krill the luxury cashmere industry.
     


  5. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Crabshmere!!!!!!

    Krill !!!!!!!!

    :happy:
     


  6. goldencs

    goldencs Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Thanks for the information.

    It is legal to label synthetic cashmere as cashmere!

    The question is then, how do average customers know what they get? Synthetic or real cashmere???

    It should be ILLEGAL!
     


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    I saw a Geoffrey Beene scarf the other day. I thought it was cashmere because it was so soft. The label was marked "100% acrylic."
     


  8. marblehouse

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    You can tell if it's real by using a "pinch" test.

    If it has a "sharp" feel - what the Italians call chelae - it's real.
     
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    I've seen some stores advertising jackets as "wool", when in fact they're mostly polyester, e.g. "wool overcoat, composition 70% polyester, 30% wool".
     


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    scrupulous businessmen can think of ingenious ways to copy anything - even synthetic cashmere!
     


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    Whether on cashmere goats or regular ol' sheep dags be natural.

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    If the label is not misleading, that is acceptable.
     


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