1. It will most likely not be made in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK – where some of the best cashmere is made – which means that if you buy it, you could be supporting cheap labour or even child labour.
2. It will not be 100% Cashmere - more likely to be 10% Cashmere, 90% Acrylic – Always read the label!
3. It will not be top quality, Grade A Cashmere - which will lead on to the following problems…
4. Poorer quality fibres will pill (bobble) much more and will not be as soft, as the fibres are thicker and shorter making them feel a bit scratchy and makes them more likely to pill.
5. The overall quality of this kind of garment will be questionable, it will last only a fraction of the lifespan of a more expensive garment.
6. The shape will not recover after washing due to poor quality yarns and manufacturing methods.
*** Cameron taylor* Cashmere is none of the above! ***
It has been said that some major high street brands buy their cashmere sweaters for as little as £3(approx.. $5) at cost price.
We urge you not to buy cheap cashmere and invest in high quality cashmere, to help support the true Cashmere Knitwear Industry.
You deserve the best, and life is too short!!
What is so special about 100% cashmere? Well cashmere is one of the softest, most luxurious fibres on the market and once you’ve felt it in its purest form, nothing will ever compare.
These days, many of the top designers and knitwear labels will admit to hardly ever using 100% cashmere yarns. The cashmere is often watered down with more cost effective fibres such as wool, lambswool or merino wool and sometimes even synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon and acrylic. Cameron taylor* knitwear however, is always knitted using the highest quality 100% cashmere yarns available - although we do admit to using a fine merino wool and cashmere blend for our hand knitted Collection!
There is also a difference between certain ‘100% cashmere’ yarns depending on the length of the fibres used. Higher quality cashmere - such as our Cameron taylor* cashmere which has been spun in Kinross (Scotland) - is manufactured using Grade A cashmere.
Grade A cashmere is 14 microns (14 millionths of a metre) thick but fibres can go up to 24 micron for Iranian weaving cashmere. The finer it is the more expensive it is, but the softer it feels. Grade A cashmere ranges in length from 34mm-36mm, the longer fibres give higher tensile strength when knitting and better durability in the end product. Meaning that the yarn is less likely to snap whilst knitting and the garment will pill (or bobble) less.
Poorer quality fibres are shorter and thicker making them feel scratchier. Popular high street brands are known for using this poor quality cashmere and using very low amounts of the fibre in what they’d call a ‘Cashmere Blend’, so always check the content label and don’t be caught out!
Shop 100% (Grade A) Cashmere at www.Cameron-taylor.com
Our beautiful cashmere knitwear was featured in a great piece about ‘Scottish Knitwear’ and an editorial shoot aptly named, ‘Address to Scottish Textiles’ in the latest issue of MODH Magazine.
MODH Magazine is produced by a highly talented bunch of creatives working in conjunction with Textiles Scotland to showcase Scotland’s best up and coming designers. Currently on their 5th issue, the publication is going from strength to strength supporting the Scottish Fashion and Textiles Industry. MODH provides an essential platform for designers to present their products to an ever growing market.
Photography: Anna Isola Crolla, Hair: Gary Lees, Make-up: Ana Cruzalegui, Stylist: Christ Hunt
Pictured: Cameron taylor* Eskimo Poncho in Shore
We all know that Scotland produces some of the finest textiles in the world - with centuries of experience and tradition in the industry - and now a new generation are bringing Scottish design to the world stage, competing with the biggest names in the business.
Photography: Anna Isola Crolla, Hair: Gary Lees, Make-up: Vicky Cameron, Creative Team: Lisa Taylor, Gill McKenzie, Charlotte Vieilledent and Jane Boyce
Pictured: Cameron taylor* Double Fronted Coatigan in Drab Bronze
We at Cameron taylor* are honoured to be part of this new wave of designers revitalising the Scottish Textiles Industry, and are extremely proud to be a truly Scottish cashmere knitwear label, working with Scottish spun yarns and local manufacturers.
Photography: Gerardo Jaconelli
Picutred: Cameron taylor* Hand Knit Chunky Bobble Hat
A huge thank you to MODH Magazine for featuring our cashmere knitwear, we can’t wait to see the next issue!