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Why is Cashmere a Luxury Fibre?

Why is Cashmere a Luxury Fibre?

 

Cashmere is the perfect fibre in so many ways. Not only is it soft, delicate and beautifully fine, it’s three times more insulating than sheep wool and is extremely versatile. Such versatility means that cashmere fibre can be transformed into a vast array of garments and styles – from the likes of chunky knits and lounge wear to light summer shawls and accessories. It’s interesting to note, while you wouldn’t choose to wear cashmere on a tropical beach, it’s very difficult to find a fibre that has all these qualities, while being so seasonally and stylistically versatile – I’m trying really hard to think of one – can you? 


These properties are the obvious response to the question ‘Why is cashmere a luxury fibre?’, however there are a lot more answers than you first might think…

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Why Gift Cashmere?

Why Gift Cashmere?

 

When it comes to Christmas, there are three factors that come into play when I’m buying gifts. The first is thought – for me this is about the craftsmanship behind the item. Is it handcrafted? Locally-made? Is it beautiful/useful? The second is sustainability. What is it made from? Who made it? How sustainable are the production practises of the brand behind it? And finally… longevity. Is this item good quality? Is it evergreen? Will it last a long time? There’s no denying that treating the ones you love over Christmas is endlessly fun, but I believe we can do it in a way that is kind to the planet, that supports our favourite businesses and celebrates craftsmanship.

 

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What Does Climate Change Mean for Cashmere?

What Does Climate Change Mean for Cashmere?



Climate change is on everyone’s minds, from the forefront of the US election right through to the impact of our everyday choices like the food we eat and the things we buy. On a warming planet, we all can already see the effects of climate change and as we continue along a worrying path of increasing temperatures, the cashmere industry is one of many industries that’ll face increasing hurdles and challenges.

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From Goat to Coat: Processing

From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey 

Welcome to the next instalment of: From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey. This time around I’m going to be talking about the next stage of the cashmere supply chain; processing. Before reading this I highly recommend reading my first instalment about cashmere herding (see here!) so you can get a bit of context about what I’m talking about. You never know, you might learn something!

 

Author: Lotti Blades-Barrett, sustainability expert and writer. 

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From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey

From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey

Most of us have plenty of time and not a lot of space on our hands at the moment. You only have to peruse Instagram for 30 seconds to see how we’re all creatively making the most of it. Whether it’s banana bread, yoga and meditation, online courses or our newfound appreciation for that one precious lap around the park, we’re all in this for the long haul and we’re all in this together. One of my contributions, aside from overwhelming my poor housemates with countless, questionable baked goods, is taking the time to dive deeper into the ins and outs of how cashmere journeys from the hills and mountains of Asian grasslands to your wardrobe.

Author: Lotti Blades-Barrett, sustainability expert and writer. 

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International Women's Day | Women in Cashmere Mongolia

International Women's Day | Women in Cashmere Mongolia

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate womanhood no matter where or how we live. It's also a day to remind ourselves of the ongoing gender issues in today's vast and complicated societies, as well as being a day to encoutage better equality and autonomy for women all over the world. To celebrate in my own way, I want to tell you a little bit about the women who work and thrive in the cashmere sector and there's no better place to start than in Mongolia, where women make up 90% of the country's cashmere workforce. 

 

Author: Lotti Blades-Barrett, sustainability expert and writer. 

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A short introduction to sustainability in cashmere

A short introduction to sustainability in cashmere

I remember the book that inspired me to start reading up on sustainability in the cashmere industry. Lucy Siegle’s To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? introduced me to an entirely new way of thinking about fashion and for one reason or another, there was something about her call for more sustainable cashmere that really stuck. Maybe it was the allure of luxury fashion, or maybe it was because it was my first real understanding of the relationship between nature and the industry. Either way, four years on and I find myself totally hooked, having specialised in cashmere for my master’s degree, and deciding to put down roots in Scotland, one of the UK’s cashmere hubs. 

 

Author: Charlotte Blades-Barrett

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR SPRING SUMMER 2019 PHOTOSHOOT

Behind the scenes of our Spring Summer 2019 Photoshoot

We wanted to share the details of our Spring Summer 2019 photoshoot that took place on the Isle of Arran, a small island off the West Coast of Scotland. Scotland’s natural beauty and our surroundings have always inspired us a brand when it comes to designing our collections, which is why we like to shoot in locations close to us. This does become testing at times with the ever-changing Scottish weather… even in May. With shots like these, it makes it all worth it.

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A Step Above the Rest - Begg & Co continue to inspire with collaborations across the world

A Step Above the Rest - Begg & Co continue to inspire with collaborations across the world

Since the launch of our brand-new website, we’ve been busy collaborating with our partners in the United Kingdom and much further afield. Internationally, our collection of coloured Arran scarves have been showcased using boldly coloured ladders in a number of pop-up collaborative spaces within iconic, well-known department stores.

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