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Tips for Purchasing Cashmere

By Michelle Ecker on September 27, 2016

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Tips for Purchasing Cashmere

If you’re interested in pursuing fashion and personal style as more than just a hobby, it’s important for you to start developing a deeper understanding of clothing, including a background of certain fabrics. Getting started, here are some things you should know about cashmere:

  • Cashmere has longtime been considered the finest (and priciest) quality of wool.
  • Garments made of it can vary vastly in quality and price, but the better quality fabric has longer fibers.
  • Cheaper cashmere is often mixed with other types of wool and sometimes leaves a greasy residue when rubbed- this comes from a coat of emulsion.
  • Most cashmere comes from goats in the Gobi Desert (which is located throughout Northern China, stretching into Mongolia as well).
  • The material comes not from the animals’ course hair, but from a much softer undercoat located on their underbelly.
  • If you’re planning to purchase a cashmere garment for one of your clients, any of which boasting a “100 percent cashmere” label will come with a hefty price tag.
    Depending on the budget of your client, you can likely manage to add a cashmere piece to their collection if you’re mindful of where you shop. At stores like Banana Republic you might be able to find a cashmere sweater for around $200, but elsewhere you can expect to pay upwards of $500.

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