The Economist had 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 fibres were taken from goats, and those fibres were milled and woven by artisans in places like Scotland and Italy. Today, standards can be much lower, and garments are often milled, mass knitted and finished in China. Today, there are no such standards, at least for mass-market product. Here’s how 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 initially be harder to handle but will ease up with wear and hand-washing. The best cashmere actually improves with age.. "
At the Tailor Retailored we have embraced original traditions and our cashmere is made from only the longest, finest fibres from the goat’s underside. The yarn is milled, spun and dyed, then knitted and hand finished by artisans here in the Scotland. We have taken these old traditions and applied them to the style needs of today's discerning man, we design and make limited edition, very short run cashmere knitwear which while on trend has true style eternity. Our sweaters are knitted to fit you exactly. A tailor retailored sweater is expensive they need to be, they take a long time to create from goat to gent, and you will have them a very long time, they should become part of your life, like a wise man or a good wine they will just get better with age.