Sunday, December 21, 2008

Out for the holidays!

Well, I am one lucky lady and will be on a fantastic trip to celebrate my marriage of 5 years, from December 27th through January 15th. SO, any questions or comments will not be answered until I get back! Enjoy your cashmere!


Ana Patricia said...

Great blog! I am a cashmere addict and am always trying to become more knowledgeable and increase my (ridiculously large) collection of cashmere sweaters. Do you have any comments/experience with J Crew cashmere? Supposedly, it is Loro Piana. HOwever, it pills easily.
Also, in addition to Ralph Lauren, which Cashmere brands do you recommend?

Cashmere Connoisseur said...

Hi Ana!

Glad to know of a fellow cashmere addict...

The older J Crew cashmere tends to be better quality, from what I've noticed. But, you're right in that it's supposedly Loro Piana. Your complaint is a common one, though. Sometimes even good cashmere needs to get its pilling out of its system. All good cashmere will eventually calm down on the pilling front and probably only pill under the arms, cuff of sleeves, and wherever your purse rubs. I have an older Loro Piana tank that hasn't pilled in quite a while. Sweater shavers are the best things for this- just got a new one in my stocking from my husband! He knows me too well...

Other brands I like besides Loro Piana and Ralph Lauren:
Tse, Malo, Brunello Cucinelli, Pringle (current and vintage), Kinross, Neiman Marcus Exclusive, White & Warren, N.Peal, and some I'm not thinking of at the moment.

For more affordable options, I like Ann Taylor, Sutton Studio, Charter Club, Lands End, Banana Republic, J Crew, Folio and some others in-house department store brands.

Brands I do not recommend unless you want a one-season sweater: Old Navy, Target (Mossimo or something), Wal-Mart (George I think). If you can buy it at retail for less than $50... well, you get the idea. I have one from each of these brands and I'm very under-whelmed. They're good for someone who wants just a little cashmere in their lives and doesn't care about longevity.

I hope that gives you a good start!!

Anonymous said...


I just love your blog - thank you for writing it!

Best regards,

Cashmere Girl from Finland :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Connoisseur,

Are you familiar with the brand Daniel Cremieux? If, so, what are your thoughts on their cashmere?

Cashmere Connoisseur said...

I know of the Daniel Cremieux brand (I've seen it around) but I'm not sure I own any of it... So, I can't really speak for the quality. But, if it's make in Scotland or Italy your odds of good quality go up tremendously.