Here's What You Need to Know About Cashmere - And Where to Buy the Most Sustainable Choices

Let’s talk about cashmere for a second. We love a good piece of cashmere, and that for many reasons. Firstly, it’s warm, doesn’t itch and has a cosy feeling that’s perfect during winter season. Secondly, cashmere is actually ideal during summertime because of its ability to heat-regulate; in any climate conditions it’s capable of maintaining a constant temperature. At the same time, cashmere has the natural ability to absorb water - and sweat - therefore it helps keeping your body dry and cool.

Kate Moss photographed by Peter Lindbergh for a  Naked Cashmere  campaign.

Kate Moss photographed by Peter Lindbergh for a Naked Cashmere campaign.

Cashmere is effortlessly elegant, chic and adds a timeless, luxury feeling to your wardrobe. A cashmere sweater in a neutral color can be used with almost any clothing you already own, it’s the perfect key-piece. A scarf made of cashmere can be used as a blanket or poncho, making for instance your travels more comfortable. Anything simply feels better when it’s in cashmere. Easy as that. Either it’s mittens, a hat, comfy pants, a scarf, a jumper or a coat.

However, it’s important to know that the production of our so-loved cashmere is not always the most sustainable choice. Did you know that cashmere comes from rare fibers found in the undercoat of cashmere goats? These goat live mainly in Mongolia and China. Sadly, the boom in popularity of cashmere has forced the cashmere industry to crisis. Farmers have raised more goats to sustain costumers wanting to buy cashmere, leading to more goats than the grasslands can handle. At the same time, these goats have little fat on their bodies and their coats protect them from the bitter climate they live in. However, in the cashmere industry, they’re shorn in midwinter when they need their coats the most. This results in vulnerable animals who can die of cold stress.

Luckily for us, there are sustainable choices out there. Buying cashmere can still be a smart investment for both you, the animals, farmers and planet. For one thing, the best quality cashmere jumpers can last up to 10 years when right care is given to the garment. Cashmere is not one of those buy-and-toss pieces, rather an investment you can have for many, many years.

At the same time, there are several cashmere labels taking responsibility in the industry. And some of these are LEIMERE, White + Warren, Naadam and MANDKHAI. Here you have some of our favorite pieces from their collections: