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Zegna, Piana, Cucinelli Cashmere

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I went looking for cashmere sweaters today.

After all the Cucinelli hype around here, I went specifically looking for them. I was surprised by what I found. The pieces I saw were pretty uninspired -- ill fitting jackets and sweaters with rather coarse and thin cashmere. Nothing too special, certainly not for the price. Also surprised by Loro Piana, my sweaters from years ago have a much finder hand by Zegna's "Pure Cashmere" labeled stuff.

In order of quality, I found:

1) Zegna (the Pure Cashmere stuff)
2) Piana
3) Cucinelli (eh)

Ended up with several Zegna Pure Cashmere sweaters including an absolutely sublime black hooded zip, double faced cashmere, black on the outside, oatmeal in the inside, with cashmere lined pockets, $1700 retail which I scored for $350. Great ultra casual sweater that I will wear a lot. Far and away some of the best cashmere I have ever felt.

Any one else rate the Zegna stuff highly?
 

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The problem I have with EZ & LP is the cuts - they make them for older (read fuller) bodies..

Even the smallest in EZ or LP is still shapeless, though Z Zegna is trimmer the fabrics are shite IMO.

Cucinelli can be hit & miss - the shirts are cut with low arm holes, the jackets fit me OTR (they are nicely waisted with high arm holes), the sweaters are also trimmer all over. The cashmere may not be as fine as LP but they are going for the rustic charm unlike LP.

Just MO.
 

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Originally Posted by Phat Guido
The problem I have with EZ & LP is the cuts - they make them for older (read fuller) bodies..

Even the smallest in EZ or LP is still shapeless, though Z Zegna is trimmer the fabrics are shite IMO.

Cucinelli can be hit & miss - the shirts are cut with low arm holes, the jackets fit me OTR (they are nicely waisted with high arm holes), the sweaters are also trimmer all over. The cashmere may not be as fine as LP but they are going for the rustic charm unlike LP.

Just MO.


Agreed on all counts. LP tailored clothing does not fit me at all. No shape.

However, for sweaters, I don't care as much about fit -- since I like to wear heavier cashmere in zips, pullovers if you will. I don't go for the fitted v-neck look.

The main reason I started this thread was that I was surprised to find the Zegna cashmere to be of a much finer hand and much softer than the offerings from Brunello.
 

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We've had some incredibly plush Brioni sweaters - a few of which I kept for myself... but they are far from fitted.

Also, don't forget Avon Celli - beautiful stuff there too...
 

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Zegna makes good cashmere, though I like their polo sweaters in 15 milmil 15 better. I think they also own the Agnona brand (maybe one of those n's should be doubled), which makes great stuff as well.

I don't much care for BC, but I like LP. I prefer the Scots above both, though.
 

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You should also check Colombo and Piacenza cashmeres, great quality.
 

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Originally Posted by pabloj
You should also check Colombo and Piacenza cashmeres, great quality.
I sell Colombo and have some overcoats that use Piacenza fabrics and you just cant compare the two with Colombo being in a different (significantly higher) league.
 

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Originally Posted by Phat Guido
The problem I have with EZ & LP is the cuts - they make them for older (read fuller) bodies..

This is a good point. I wonder if there are relatively few (or no) fine cashmere knit options in trimmer cuts for this reason. The older you are, the more money you have, the more cashmere you can buy, the fatter you are.
 

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Originally Posted by Phat Guido
The problem I have with EZ & LP is the cuts - they make them for older (read fuller) bodies..


Just MO.


I find this to be true of Loro Piana sweaters and outerwear, less so with their RTW shirts and pants. The shirts fit me as well or better than any other brand OTR, as they are slimmer cut, and I find the pants to be generally cut on the slimmer side as well, which I prefer. Not as slim as Borrelli, but slimmer than most. Also, I find BC RTW shirts to be total crap.
 

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