Do you like cashmere?
What could be better on a rainy day, than to wrap yourself up in this soft and tender material and watch a favorite movie? For me the cashmere is the epitome of true luxury, indulgence and tenderness.
Many people think that cashmere is a very expensive or very quality wool, which is not correct. In the reality the cashmere is made from the undercoat of mountain goats. It can be collected only manually and only once per year. Each goat can give only 100 gram of this valuable yarn which makes cashmere incredibly expensive. The best cashmere is produced in China and Mongolia, while in India, Iran and Afghanistan the quality of this material is notably lower. Softer than silk, warmer than wool cashmere doesn’t irritate the skin or provoke an allergy. Also it is very strong and durable.
The undisputed leader among the countries producing cashmere products is Italy. Using the best raw materials and the latest technologies Italian manufacturers obviously have priority position among the world producers. Below is the list of companies making the finest cashmere goods in the world.
This is one of the most well-known companies producing cashmere goods. Probably I will not surprise you telling that it is Italian brand. Mainly famous for men and women apparel, it has some amazing home accessories as well, such as plaids and blankets. The most sought items are the ones made from vicuña – a very rare animal living in the Andes. This fiber is incredibly warm and lightweight. It is very difficult to get it which explains its high price.
The brand Agnona was created by Francesco Ilorini Mo in 1953. The company produces clothes and accessories for men and women and has a collection of home goods as well. Blankets and cushions are made from pure cashmere or from blends of cashmere and wool or cashmere and silk. The colours of the items are natural shades sometimes brightened with terracotta and earthy tones. Interesting patterns (herringbone, puzzle, stripes) compliment the beauty of fine materials these products are made from.
The exact date of the foundation of this company remains unknown as the fire destroyed the archives of Pollonia municipality in 1750. The only document survived dates back to the beginning of the XVII century. Cashmere, kiviut, vicuna – these are the dream materials that Piacenza “borrowed” from nature, along with silk, wool and alpaca. The range of home goods is quite limited but the quality of materials and execution remains outstanding.
Magaschoni is a luxury fashion brand specializing in women apparel. Cashmere is one of the main materials and is featured in all collections. Home collection consists of wonderful wraps, plaids and cushions. Magaschoni creations are timeless, elegant and classic.
TSE (pronounced “say”) is a relatively new American brand established in 1989. TSE had a modernized approach to cashmere products breaking the rule that luxury has to be traditional. TSE is a trye lifestyle brand which has collections for women, men, home, and children. Home items include plaids, cushions and home-wear usually made in monochrome natural colours – white, grey and cream.
Oyuna was founded in 2002 in London by Mongolian designer Oyuna Tserendorj and Swiss-Ecuadorian-British David Bernasconi. It has become a great symbiosis of Mongolian heritage and creativity of London. Сenturies-old traditions of producing the world’s finest cashmere have found reflection in gorgeous items created by Oyuna.