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Sustainability and ethically produced cashmere

Posted: Nov 22 2020

21 November 2020.

I want to write a bit about this - it is something that concerns me greatly and I want to let you know how and what we do to try and control who we get our cashmere from. We use traditional mills in Scotland to manufacture nearly all our products. They buy yarn from various yarn suppliers. My favoured yarn supplier is Todd and Duncan who are based here in the U.K. they assure me that they have a practise of control over the process and this is what they say on their website. 

“Cashmere goats are usually tended by nomadic cashmere farmers; a typical farmer will often have a flock of 2-300.

“It’s easy to see why animal welfare, sustainability and traceability are the three pillars of the cashmere industry’s ethical sourcing initiatives.

Working in partnership with our approved de-hairers, we encourage sustainable herding and grazing practices, promote high standards of animal welfare, and work to protect this traditional way of life within nomadic communities.”

I think this needs to be expanded on and will spend the next week or so talking to my mills about this. I know that the mills I have been working with are very concerned about these issues which have arisen over the past decade or so since the market was flooded with cheap cashmere goods mainly manufactured in China, remember every time you buy a cheap cashmere jumper from Costco or the high street please look to see where it’s made! It really does matter. It matters on many levels, animal welfare, human welfare and on the environment. We only use traditional small mills, even in Nepal where they made the handwoven shawls. Great care is taken to ensure their products are what they say they are, that they pay and treat their staff correctly and source their yarn from ethical suppliers. I visit my suppliers regularly to maintain a relationship with them of trust and friendship. 


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As we navigate this uncertain time, we wanted to give you some good news. Whilst we are closing shop doors on Thursday, we are happy to announce that we are in the process of moving the entirety of our stock online. There will be one off jumpers, scarves, gloves and much more. Take your time going through the site… You can also contact us by email if you are looking for something in particular or have any questions.

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