Cashmere is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics and comes from the neck and underbelly of the Kashmir (Capra Hircus) goat. It takes 2 to 3 goats to make just one cashmere sweater! The average cost of a cashmere sweater was around $300.00 in the early seventies, but since the Chinese cashmere boom in the last thirty years, the average cost of a 100% cashmere sweater is now around $120.00. Cashmere as a fabric is sumptuous in hand yet strong and tightly knit. It doesn't fray and retains its soft finish through repeated handlings. Cashmere can be hand-washed in cold water or dry cleaned without affecting its original plushness. It is also the only wool that doesn't itch should you decide to wear it next to your skin.
Secondhand" doesn't mean "second-rate". We've been shopping thrift stores ever since we can remember and have always believed that beautiful clothing deserved another life. It came as a lightbulb moment while picking up incredibly beautiful cashmere sweaters off the rack and spotting a hole here or a stain there and thinking what a shame that this luxurious fabric was going to end up in a ragbag or dumpster. With more than 2,500,000,000 pounds of used clothing ending up in landfills each year, our goal is to keep as many cashmere sweaters from sharing the same fate. Give the goat some respect!
We search far and wide to find gently used 100% cashmere sweaters. Thrift shops, estate sales and private owners are our main outlets and although time-intensive, we feel it is a worthy endeavor to keep this most precious of fibers from ending up in the trash can and consequently, the landfill.
We inspect each rescued cashmere sweater for holes, stains, and pilling. We clean and “shear” each sweater as necessary. We make every attempt to salvage as much of each cashmere sweater as we can.
Next, we cut apart each cashmere sweater in preparation for the cover patterns. We carefully cut around holes and any worn or stained areas.
Pattern templates are placed upon the flat cashmere sweater sections in the most economical way and each case part is carefully cut out. Each sweater is different. Some are long-sleeved. Some are short-sleeved. Some have holes or tears that must be navigated. It is a true puzzle that must be deciphered to get the most use out of each sweater panel. The remaining cashmere "scraps" are set aside for future projects.
The cashmere cases are then stitched by machine and by hand.
We prepare shipping materials, boxes and envelopes for mailing of the cashmere cases.
Recycled plain paper boxes and envelopes are hand stamped with soybean ink with a reminder to reuse and recycle. Shredded paper from a local educational institution is used as packing material