THE STORY BEHIND THE SWEATER
Since launching our cashmere collection, we've been asked: why Scotland?
Scottish towns have, for decades, been the worldwide centre of tradition and excellence for the design and manufacture of cashmere garments. Other Luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes all manufacture cashmere in Scotland.
But in the last decade, Scotland has seen a decline in business because of Chinese cashmere manufacturers entering the market. With a low-wage workforce and easy access to cashmere fibers from Mongolia, China is increasingly displacing Scotland for cashmere production.
However, we champion Scottish Cashmere because it is still the best, and the quality simply cannot be compared to cashmere mass-produced in China, for three main reasons.
First, Scotland was the country where manufacturers learned how to first card cashmere in the early 1800s (carding is a process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes fibres to produce a continuous loose strand that can then be processed into cashmere as a fabric) this heritage is inextricably tied to Scottish cashmere.
Secondly, our yarn, we only work with the very best grade of cashmere and we know the exact quality and composition of cashmere yarn we are buying. We know it's from only the finest, longest and best fibres from the goat lovingly carded, dyed and twisted here in Scotland
Third, contrary to mass produced cashmere garments, our sweaters are carefully knitted through 30+ processes, unique to Scotland's heritage. There is only one quality way of making fully-fashioned knitwear. The key point of difference is the slope of the seam between the neck to the shoulder, down the arm. It should be one continuous slope to allow for full movement in the garment and a correct fit. This is only achieved by a discrete and skilled hand linking process that carefully join panels of knitted fabric together.