Product Focus: Cashmere Collection
It's cold outside, and with months to go until the weather in London warms up, we are still wrapping up in style. Cashmere is a timeless classic which will never go out of style, and we feel our collection has some of the best options out there, keeping you warm and looking your best at the same time.
WHERE ARE OUR CASHMERE ACCESSORIES MADE?
Situated in Yorkshire in the north of England, heartland of the wool industry and a region built on skill, technical prowess and soft water, our partner mills were established over 250 years ago to produce the heavier woollen cloths necessary for warmth and durability. Since then, modern machinery has been married with age-old manufacturing techniques to produce the collection of incredibly soft, luxurious cashmere products that offer you style, comfort and warmth all in one.
HOW ARE OUR SCARVES MADE?
Every unique scarf, stole, throw or fabric goes through 21 different processes before it is deemed perfect for sale. Each stage from design, to yarn spinning, weaving, finishing to final inspection is carefully executed in its own special way, to make sure that the design and quality is second to none.
Our collection has a variety of weights, designs (check, blocked, bright, and muted), and sizes to suit your look. We take aspects of our historical designs and translate them into contemporary patterns by adapting them or adding pops of trend colours. Initial ideas and bespoke designs are CAD developed using computer software. That design is then woven to create a blanket which is then ‘finished’ (a combination of washing, raising combing, pressing and steaming) to a specific sequence depending on the desired look and feel of the product.
WAYS TO WEAR YOUR SCARF
Pick The Right Weight and Fabric
Layer your scarf to suit the weather and seasonality, lighter bases work best in those transitional months where heavier wools and cashmere will truly keep you warm in the cold snap.
Understand How to Tie
The way you style and tie your scarf can make or break an outfit, so ensure you read up on the different types of knots, we love classic drape or a four in hand knot to guide you through. Check out our cashmere scarf guide for more on the different tie options to use.
Play with Contrast and Pattern
Unlike ties you can opt for a matching plain solid with pairing your winter accessories, but we also encourage contrast and pattern to elevate your outfit.
A checked or patterned scarf can work really well with a patterned jacket if you have a plain coloured overcoat, over the top. This is because the overcoat takes up the majority of the visual area, so the patterned jacket and scarf effectively become accents to the overall outfit.
Our advice here is to play with your scales to add a point of difference, and colour hues should be complimentary families as not to clash too much, in the example below, brown check and forest green jacket works superbly together.
Further Reading - ‘Complete Guide to Cashmere Scarves’.
TOP 3 PICKS FROM CASHMERE ACCESSORIES COLLECTION
1. Olive & Navy Tartan Cashmere Scarf
Classic in Black Watch tartan design, we love the colour levels within the classic scarf design. The navy and olive compliment each other perfectly but also allow for a subtle look, with a hint of sophistication. Wear this with your navy jacket or overcoat for a stylish combination.
2. Grey Cashmere Beanie Hat
We love grey tones within menswear and this plain knit cashmere hat will see you through cold winter mornings. Pair with a matching knit scarf or add a grey tonal check for some flair. Grey works well with most colours but we suggest wearing with a black overcoat or short wool jacket and a knitted jumper for that cosy layered look.
3. Burgundy & Grey Double Faced Cashmere Scarf
With one side a plain solid cashmere, and the other a houndstooth textured check, this scarf is super versatile and easy to wear throughout the season. 100% cashmere it’s soft but has a waffle effect on one side to mix up your tie knot and outfit building. Pair this with charcoal tones and mustard/yellow pop highlights for a classic look.
CHECKS GUIDE: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHECKS?
What check is best on a scarf? Checks are a menswear staple item across all types of categories, within this collection we have an array of check patterns which play on traditional cloth designs such as Prince of Wales checks, Glen checks, Black Watch tartan and houndstooth, but made wearable for a modern-day wardrobe with tonal palettes and bolts of contemporary colour. Below we explore the different check patterns commonly seen.
Glen check, short for Glenurquhart check, is a woven twill design of small and large checks. Most commonly it is made up of black/grey or with more muted colours, with a houndstooth block where the stripes intersect. The name is taken from the valley of Glenurquhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland, where the checked wool was first used in the 19th century by the New Zealand-born Countess of Seafield to outfit her gamekeepers.
Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales Check is a classic staple of British menswear. It has been successful over the years because, while the basic pattern is timeless, it can be modernised with slight reorientations of the pattern, or in this case, with a cobalt window pane.
The gingham pattern is a classic and it has been used across the world throughout the centuries. Many countries have claimed to have invented it, however, no one can truly confirm where it started. It has a special place in many cultures, and has traditional uses depending on the country. It’s a checkerboard style of pattern, but with three colours, or shades, one being a mix of the two others. Gingham is a popular and timeless pattern, and will absolutely no doubt have a place in your wardrobe.
The Shepherd's check is a twill-weave of small, even-sized, coloured and white checks. This pattern often resembles the gingham check, however the visible twill weave is what distinguishes the shepherd's check from gingham. The name derives from the plaid worn by shepherds in the hills of the Scottish Borders.
Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed, horizontal and vertical bands in different colours and is of course heavily associated with Scotland, where families and clans have used it across various items of clothing for hundreds of years. Historically made from wool, they can also be made of various fabrics, such as cotton or cashmere. Nowadays, we see tartans as not only reserved and used for Scottish dress, often appearing across collections and runways around the world. It’s nonetheless an interesting way to bring a bit of history to an outfit.
GUIDE TO WEARING CASHMERE GLOVES & HATS
Match all items together in solid colour
The simplest way to coordinate is to match the colour (pattern or solid) of all three Winter accessories. In some instances you can also match the fabrication if they are made from the same fabrics, as for example, our cashmere collection. Although perhaps the safest option, you can’t ever go wrong with a colour block choice for an easy, casual style.
Pairs two items together
This is a popular choice amongst our community. Match two of the three Winter accessories together, usually the hat and gloves. Matching the colour (solid or pattern) of your hat and glove is probably the easiest option. This is a slightly trickier option than the first one, because you need to ensure your third item (in this case a scarf) is complimentary in colour to the other two accessories. Ensure your base colour, the most dominate within the pattern, will compliment your outfit.
Create a complimentary palette
The style with the most thought needed, but the maximum results, is wearing a hat, scarf and pair of gloves that aren’t a complete colour match, but instead complement each other and work well across your entire outfit, for example your coat. Ensure your colours and patterns are individually sartorial but also work together as a complete look by using the colour wheel.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR CASHMERE SCARF, HAT & GLOVES
Owning a little slice of cashmere luxury is one thing, but what's the best way to look after it? It's not recommended to wash a cashmere scarf, hat or gloves until at least a dozen wears. Because it's a delicate yarn, all our cashmere items are marked 'Dry Clean Only.' As cashmere is derived from goats, whose fur, much like human hair, takes on a fluffier and more lustrous appearance after it's been washed.
As a friendly word of warning, do not under any circumstance put your cashmere products in the washing machine unless you want a super-sized version to come out the other end. If you are looking for an alternative or eco friendly option, you can carefully hand wash your cashmere in cold water for around 20-minutes using a very mild detergent. Cashmere is at its most vulnerable when the fibres are wet, so a degree of caution is required.
The downside is that wet cashmere can take days to dry out thoroughly, but if you stick to it, your patience will be rewarded. Do not attempt to wring out the cashmere; instead, press excess water gently out of your garment, place it on a dry towel and carefully roll it up. Once the towel has absorbed as much moisture as possible, shape the garment and lay it out flat.