It’s the reigning monarch of the textile world’s wool kingdom and it’s certainly not ready to lose its crown any time soon. Least of all, now, when it’s just about to come into its own – although it’s cool in the summer, the frosty months are cashmere’s undeniable zenith.
The wool which is sourced from the eponymous goats found in the Himalayas and the lands surrounding them, has long been a synonymous with luxury and is one of the easiest and stylish ways to get your home winter-ready. Alastair Macdonald of – a renowned purveyor of luxury cashmere – reveals what makes the fleece particularly luxurious – “the fibre, by natural selection, has evolved to protect the goats from the harsh, cold weather of their natural habitat and provide a natural softness and warmth. [It’s] very fine, which gives a lightness to the finished product.”
So whether it’s an impossibly soft sweater, comforting , a pair of toasty or an enveloping cashmere throw, cashmere in any manifestation will quickly transport you to a suitably cosied up heaven. Although – a word of caution – we wouldn’t recommend trying to experience all at once unless you want to put yourself at severe risk of immediately setting your Out Of Office and writing the day off as a sick day.