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Khingana 80/20 Cashmere/Mink?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rnoldh, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

    Jul 24, 2006
    If anyone knows about this fabric it would be here. I've been scanning Ebay for an overcoat, and thought I'd look for a 100% Cashmere Overcoat(after all it is Ebay).

    I haven't pulled the trigger on one yet. But, I've noticed that there are always a few vintage overcoats of an 80/20 Cashmere/Mink Blend. Almost always, they are branded fabric by "Khingana".

    Is anyone familiar with the 80/20 Cashmere/Mink Blend, and heard of Khingana? Is it desirable for an overcoat? Any advantages over a 100% Cashmere coat?

    What say, experts out there?

    Here's an example that sold for $178, which seems like a very good deal!:

  2. pejsek

    pejsek Senior member

    Jul 3, 2004
    My impression (nothing more, but it is based on looking at thousands of items) is that the mink blend was always a cost cutting measure. It's kind of a shrewd sell since mink is so clearly identified as a luxury good. But I've seen lots of cheap nasty womens sweaters, for example, with mink in the blend. I always figured there must be some way to separate the unusable mink from furs and reconstitute it in a wool blend. You sometimes see this in cloth for suiting too--marketed never to the cognoscenti, but always to the gullible. I would hold out for 100% cashmere (or, better yet, one of the under-appreciated luxury fibers such as camel hair).

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