The Great Drumohr Rush
We’ve written here about the difference between high and low-quality cashmere.  Drumohr is one of the few Scottish cashmere producers left, and they make some of the finest cashmere available.
This week saw a huge rush of Drumohr cashmere on eBay.  Most of the sweaters are listed at $150 of $160, which is pretty remarkably low for cashmere of this quality.  You can check out the amazing bounty here.  There was also just a huge Drumohr for Marinella shipment at one of our favorite discounters, Virtual Clothes Horse.  Go crazy.

The Great Drumohr Rush

We’ve written here about the difference between high and low-quality cashmere.  Drumohr is one of the few Scottish cashmere producers left, and they make some of the finest cashmere available.

This week saw a huge rush of Drumohr cashmere on eBay.  Most of the sweaters are listed at $150 of $160, which is pretty remarkably low for cashmere of this quality.  You can check out the amazing bounty here.  There was also just a huge Drumohr for Marinella shipment at one of our favorite discounters, Virtual Clothes Horse.  Go crazy.

I want to marry Permanent Style’s new half-lined, unstructured cashmere jacket.
It’s On Ebay
Cashmere scarf by Columbo
Starts at $24.99, ends Sunday

It’s On Ebay

Cashmere scarf by Columbo

Starts at $24.99, ends Sunday

It’s On Sale
Black Fleece Scottish cashmere snowflake mittens
$62.50 (from $125) at Brooks Brothers

It’s On Sale

Black Fleece Scottish cashmere snowflake mittens

$62.50 (from $125) at Brooks Brothers

It’s On Sale
Johnstons Scottish cashmere scarf
$39.90 from $95 on Sierra Trading Post

It’s On Sale

Johnstons Scottish cashmere scarf

$39.90 from $95 on Sierra Trading Post

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Finally, remember how much of his hot, hot heat he’ll lose through his neck, and get him a good basic scarf.  If he isn’t the losing-stuff type, then go with cashmere.  You can always steal it from him, right?

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Finally, remember how much of his hot, hot heat he’ll lose through his neck, and get him a good basic scarf.  If he isn’t the losing-stuff type, then go with cashmere.  You can always steal it from him, right?

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
This one’s a splurge, but isn’t he worth it?  Get him a nice cashmere sweater.  A v-neck in a basic color (oatmeal, navy, gray, burgundy) that suits his complexion.  He can wear it all the time.  Don’t let him dry clean it - clean it once a year or so in the sink.  Find one on sale at the mall, or for better quality (all cashmere is certainly not the same) get a used one made in Scotland or England on Ebay.  Even a Ballantyne won’t cost you more than about $40 - and good cashmere just gets softer.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

This one’s a splurge, but isn’t he worth it?  Get him a nice cashmere sweater.  A v-neck in a basic color (oatmeal, navy, gray, burgundy) that suits his complexion.  He can wear it all the time.  Don’t let him dry clean it - clean it once a year or so in the sink.  Find one on sale at the mall, or for better quality (all cashmere is certainly not the same) get a used one made in Scotland or England on Ebay.  Even a Ballantyne won’t cost you more than about $40 - and good cashmere just gets softer.

It’s On Ebay
Three Pringle cashmere sweater vests
Starting at $9.99, ends Sunday

It’s On Ebay

Three Pringle cashmere sweater vests

Starting at $9.99, ends Sunday

The Economist has an excellent summary of what to look for when you’re buying cashmere.  In the past 15 years, cashmere has become a mass-market product.  Previously, only the best fibers were taken from goats, and those fibers were milled and woven by artisans in places like Scotland and Italy.  Today, standards can be much lower, and garments are often milled, knit and finished in China.  In the past, cashmere was made from only the longest, finest fibers from the goat’s underside.  Today, there are no such standards, at least for mass-market product.
Here’s how the Economist says you should differentiate between the good stuff (which lasts a lifetime) and the cheap stuff (which can pill in a matter of weeks):
"Look for tension in the knitting: stretch a section and it should ping back into shape. Hold it up to the light and you shouldn’t see much sky: paradoxically, the best cashmere, though made from the finest hair, has a density to it. Examine its surface: fluffiness suggests the yarn was spun from shorter, weaker fibres and will pill. Be sceptical about softness, too. Over-milling can make a garment too soft and silky, and therefore prone to bobbling and losing its shape. More expensive cashmere may be harder to handle in the shop, but will ease up with wear and hand-washing. The best cashmere actually improves with age - so long as the moths don’t get to it."
The whole article has been transcribed by a thoughtful StyleForum member here.
As for myself - when I’m buying cashmere, I focus on older sweaters (think 1980s and earlier) made in England and Scotland.  They can often be had on Ebay for $30-60, and the density and softness of the wool is unparalleled.

The Economist has an excellent summary of what to look for when you’re buying cashmere.  In the past 15 years, cashmere has become a mass-market product.  Previously, only the best fibers were taken from goats, and those fibers were milled and woven by artisans in places like Scotland and Italy.  Today, standards can be much lower, and garments are often milled, knit and finished in China.  In the past, cashmere was made from only the longest, finest fibers from the goat’s underside.  Today, there are no such standards, at least for mass-market product.

Here’s how the Economist says you should differentiate between the good stuff (which lasts a lifetime) and the cheap stuff (which can pill in a matter of weeks):

"Look for tension in the knitting: stretch a section and it should ping back into shape. Hold it up to the light and you shouldn’t see much sky: paradoxically, the best cashmere, though made from the finest hair, has a density to it. Examine its surface: fluffiness suggests the yarn was spun from shorter, weaker fibres and will pill. Be sceptical about softness, too. Over-milling can make a garment too soft and silky, and therefore prone to bobbling and losing its shape. More expensive cashmere may be harder to handle in the shop, but will ease up with wear and hand-washing. The best cashmere actually improves with age - so long as the moths don’t get to it."

The whole article has been transcribed by a thoughtful StyleForum member here.

As for myself - when I’m buying cashmere, I focus on older sweaters (think 1980s and earlier) made in England and Scotland.  They can often be had on Ebay for $30-60, and the density and softness of the wool is unparalleled.

It’s On Sale
I haven’t handled Martin + Osa cashmere, but for $59 in 19 colors, it’s a heckuva deal.  Gray, navy and burgundy cashmere v-necks are a wardrobe staple.  Not to mention a foolproof holiday gift.
Cashmere V-Neck Sweaters, $59 (from $170) at Martin + Osa

It’s On Sale

I haven’t handled Martin + Osa cashmere, but for $59 in 19 colors, it’s a heckuva deal.  Gray, navy and burgundy cashmere v-necks are a wardrobe staple.  Not to mention a foolproof holiday gift.

Cashmere V-Neck Sweaters, $59 (from $170) at Martin + Osa