Today on the blog I wanted to answer some FAQs about my brand, our products and some general cashmere care tips.
How are your products made?
All my products are made from 2ply spun cashmere on a variety of machines. Most of them are knitted on Shima Seiki machines which can carry lots of different colours, knit jacquard and intarsia patterns and all different kinds of stitches – cable, moss, rib etc. However we also have a couple of pieces which are hand-knitted like the turban and ear-warmer and these pieces take a little longer to make as there is more intricate hand finishing. Once a product is knitted it is then linked on a linking machine, and then washed, dried, any loose ends are hand stitch finished, and it is pressed ready to be packed & shipped to my warehouse.
Where are your products made?
All my designs are knitted a small family-run mill in the Scottish Borders. I’ve worked with this mill since I started the business in October 2011. I chose to work with them over the larger mills in the Scottish Borders because when I started my business my volumes were low and I really wasn’t sure if it was going to take off or not so I needed to work with a manufacturer who could offer smaller production runs. This meant I was able to test out new colours and really get a feel for what my customers were looking for. It also means we have huge flexibility in terms of how many colours we can offer. As the business has grown our production with this mill has grown. It’s great because I know the team there really well and I can always get hold of someone on the phone or even just drive down there because it’s only an hour away. I can’t imagine not being able to pop in and see how things are coming along production wise.
Where can I buy your products?
Why do you manufacture in Scotland?
Truthfully when I started my business I really didn’t consider manufacturing anywhere else, it just didn’t occur to me. My Father worked in textiles all his life so I had grown up around manufacturing as a child and it just seemed normal to me to manufacture knitwear in the UK. As soon as I started my business I began to understand that only a very small percentage of clothing is made in the UK and that we import so much. I could be manufacturing offshore and it would definitely be cheaper, but by Manufacturing in the UK I know that all my products are made in sustainable environments and supporting UK jobs which is something I value highly. The expertise of the textiles workforce in the Scottish Borders has been handed down from generation to generation and I am proud to work with such highly skilled people. “Made in Scotland” is a stamp of quality on my product of which I am very proud.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
Oh that’s a tough question, like picking a favourite child! I suppose I would have to say the ear-warmer, because that is the piece I wear the most. I have it in so many colours so I can pair it with different winter coats. It’s so chunky and luxurious I often just wear mine at my desk on colder days, it’s so soft & cosy and I love that I can wear it without getting an itchy forehead as one of my most enduring childhood memories is having to wear itchy lambswool hats! Maybe I was always destined for cashmere! I also love my pug wrist-warmers as they remind me of Daphne & Edith. I keep the wrist warmers in my bag or pocket and you’d be surprised, even in Spring, how often I wear them. Also my ribbed shawl scarf as I rarely go anywhere without, even in the Summer – it’s perfect for cool Summer evenings or staying warm on flights.
Are all your products one size?
Yes! All our products are one size, including our socks (UK4-7). Cashmere loosens up naturally with wear, so if you think it is getting too loose it is time to wash it I recommend gentle hand-washing in Luke warm water with a specialist wool wash soap. Then rinse, wring it out, lay it flat on a towel to dry away from heat and coax it back to shape. You can find more info here.
I hope you’ve found this helpful and enjoyed the insight into our business. Please do let us know if you have any other questions, we love love love to hear from our customers!
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