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Once Cashmere, always Cashmere
MyStylery’s recommended reading:
Cashmere coffeetable book
Once cashmere, always cashmere – that was the well-intentioned advice of my mother-in-law, long time ago, and now a saying in my family. Whoever believes Cashmere is solely a material for the cold season, has probably never worn a soft sweater made of light summer cashmere. The ideal companion for cool evenings and my savior during my vacation in Ibiza, where someone like me, who feels the cold quite easily, does not want to miss this woolen companion – even in the super hot months of June, July or August.
I still remember vividly how I demolished my favorite sweater, a casual, anthracite-colored cashmere sweater with a (back then) mega-trendy V-neck, in the washing machine: 60 degrees and the full spin program made it – and myself – the purest whiner. Why a noble cashmere piece nevertheless must not be chemically cleaned, how the favorite sweater is best stored and what you can do about the annoying pilling is written by Andrea Karg, the German cashmere queen and founder of the luxury label Allude, in a beautiful coffeetable book.
In twelve chapters, Allude designer Andrea Karg tells the story of the noble yarn and takes us on a journey beginning with the cashmere extraction to a finished Allude collection, which incidentally does not only include sweaters and scarves! The casual, light-gray coat (see below ;-)) would be right up my alley and the cushions from the home collection would do nicely on my own sofa.
By the way, cashmere-goats are not all the same. There are 20 goat species, to which the term applies and which are all originated in the Central Asian highlands. Cashmere is one of the most wanted and most nobly materials in the world and is not a product of our modern crave of luxury. “The use of goats’ hair for clothing, carpets, tents or wall decoration has been an old tradition in Asia over two millennia”, says Andrea Karg, who founded her own label in 1993 and, with her innovative collections, brought the material to the Paris catwalks of Pret-à-Porter in 2012. Cashmere – an informative book and aesthetic photos for fans of the cuddly noble yarn. BvH
Small moth holes can be repair by a cashmere-professional, for example in the Allude cashmere clinic
by Andrea Karg
published by Callwey
All pics by Allude