While the percentage of cashmere in a garment can vary, so can the quality of the cashmere used. [tweet_dis]”100 percent(cashmere) nowadays doesn’t mean anything,”[/tweet_dis] states Isabelle Essel of Hector and Lola. This is because it comes in such varied degrees of quality. This is almost never expressed or even understood by the companies selling the fabric.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to gauge the quality of fabric by other factors such as price. Finding a premium quality cashmere garment for less than a hundred dollars is unlikely. So is finding one for ten times as much. “The price doesn’t mean anything because some very expensive cashmere is of bad quality. Seller’s know consumers don’t know any better,” states Essel.
One trick, I learned from Essel is to pull the fabric and see if it snaps back into its original structure. If so, the garment is well made, if not then move on to another brand.
A common misnomer is that good cashmere doesn’t pill. This is incorrect. They all pill. However, high-quality cashmere will stop after several washes while bad ones will simply continue to pill to the point of being unattractive and unusable. Good quality cashmere will actually increase in softness the more its washed. It should be able to easily withstand a machine wash in cold water. It should be left to air dry. Then the fabric should be combed. The comb can be easily purchased online from around five to ten dollars.
The reason high-quality cashmere snaps back are due to longer fiber length and a more tightly wound thread. The greater these factors, the higher the quality of cashmere. The difference, in the end, a product is so stark that it usually goes through multiple selling phases, with the highest quality fibers being sold on the primary market and the lesser quality being sold on the secondary market. In both markets, the product is graded and then purchased by weight. The best quality product can be found in the greatest abundance in Mongolia.
About Hector and Lola
Hector and Lola were founded in France by Michel Weinberg and Emmanuelle Quenot (Weinberg). Before founding the brand, Michel worked as a clothing manufacturer and Emmanuelle served as the Head Designer for Sonia Rykiel. The brand focuses exclusively on cashmere garments. Their pieces strike a perfect balance between trendiness and timelessness.
During their free time, they educate the public on the qualities and grades of their fabric of choice. Their products are no longer sold in brick and mortar stores. They can only be purchased through their online storefront HectorandLola.com