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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BOBBLE HAT

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Borrowed, as most things in a man’s wardrobe from military uniforms, the Pompom (18th C french word bombe is a hat decoration of a knot of ribbons) adorned soldiers hats as a way of differentiating regiments on the battlefield. 

Fast forward to the late 1960”s when one of the first manufactured boy bands The Monkees was created as the American answer to the Beatles and the stylist chose a Bobble Hat as musician Mike Nesmith’s ‘thing’. The very British bobble hat was at the time a casual and classless accessory for fashionable young men who wished to seem anti-fashion.

At the Tailor Retailored our new cashmere Bobble Hats are neither fashion nor anti-fashion but the ultimate in cool, luxurious cold weather head gear. 

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HIGH FIBRE

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Why Is Cashmere more expensive than other kinds of wool?  - It all comes down to the goats.

 For the uninitiated: cashmere is the finest textile fibre on the planet. Thanks to Capra hircus laniger (cashmere goat) we are warmer and softer all winter long. Cashmere goats are raised over central Asia but don’t let their rough-looking, shaggy styling fool you - it’s the downy, short hair close to the skin that makes for fine cashmere. Nineteen microns is where cashmere becomes cashmere. Anything more should be ignored and doesn't warrant investment.

But the lesson doesn't end with fibre thickness! The fineness of a cashmere item comes downs to process (up to 30 in our case) - the collection of the raw fibre, the spinning of the yarn, the knitting and construction  and finally the finishing all affects the look, feel, and touch of the garment.

Rest assured that our sweaters are top of the mountain on all these aspects... 

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