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RUNWAY READY: JOTHOMASINA

Brad McGlashan

Jothomasina’s cashmere modal scarves dictate fashion. More than mere print, these scarves read like the pages of Vogue with illustrated looks direct from the runway. A mixture of primrose pink, lilac, powder blue and grey, the ‘Pastel Runway Scarf’ offers a myriad of outfit opportunities. 

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Keeping with the notion of ‘fashion forward’ we have teamed this scarf with Prada’s outrageous feather trimmed jeans. For a few seasons now jeans have been infiltrating the ‘dressed-up’ sector — marking their territory in the office, restaurants and even cocktail parties. To pull them off though you need the perfect top — something glamorous, daring and voluminous. We love Rosie Assoulin’s pink blouse* patterned with cameos. It’s V-neckline acts like a frame for Jothomasina's scarf and brings out the pastel tones. Keep your shoes fun but not too over-baring, like Rochas’s floral bow beauties, remember you want those feathers to fly! Olympia Le Tan’s cult embroidered book clutches are the ultimate fashion favours, while Serge Kirchhofer’s rose-coloured glasses keep things feeling rosy. 

Shop our JOTHOMOSINA cashmere scarf edit here

*Now sold out. Find similar here or try this bow-embellished cardigan for a more casual feel.

BIRD & KNOLL SS 17 'DAYS LIKE THESE'

Brad McGlashan

Escape with the new summer scarf range from Bird & Knoll. From South African Safaris to Aperols on the Amalfi Coast, the new Spring Summer collection, 'Days Like These' has you covered in their signature oversized cashmere blend.

Perhaps one of skarfe's most popular scarf ranges, Bird & Knoll tie together two great passions of ours; travel and scarves. Each unique design is a snapshot of an exotic time and place, and can be used as a scarf, sarong or wrap. 

Indulge your wanderlust & check out 'Days Like These' here.

WHEN OPERA MET JASMINE: NEW FROM BIRD & KNOLL

Brad McGlashan

East meets West with “When Opera met Jasmine”, the inspired A/W 2017 showcase of wearable wanderlust from Australia / New Zealand accessories label Bird & Knoll. 

Introducing six new additions to Bird & Knoll’s celebrated collection of luxurious, oversized scarves, each piece depicts an image of an iconic destination, captured via the camera lens of Natalie Knoll and transposed on to the wearable canvas of the scarf. Charting a rich cross-cultural journey, “When Opera Met Jasmine” traverses the globe and celebrates in the rich and colourful imagery of eastern and western culture. 

The collection merges designers Natalie Knoll and Macayla Chapman’s visual storytelling of far-flung global destinations including London, New York, Tuscany, Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong, with their tactile cashmere-blend. This season the duo debut a stunning Italian blend of cashmere and modal woven in the foothills of Como, Italy. The new fabrication represents the perfect warmer complement to Bird & Knoll’s existing lightweight eastern wraps and the ultimate tactile harmony. 

“When we initially researched our signature composition we knew that we wanted cashmere, but as beautiful as it is it can ‘pill’ and ‘pull’. The modal, a fibre derived from the beech tree, makes it strong and hard-wearing and coupled with the cashmere it remains a beautiful soft canvas for our imagery. As well as its durability, it travels extremely well, packs really small and light and decreases very quickly when hung over a door or chair,” explains Natalie Knoll. “We love the versatility of cashmere and modal too,” adds Macayla Chapman. “So easy to wear as a wrap, a scarf, a sarong and a headscarf.”

The Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong scarves are made from Bird & Knoll’s ‘Eastern’ fabrication, a lightweight mix of 10% cashmere and 90% modal. The Italian collection, woven in Como, Italy, is a slightly more ‘wintery’ combination of 20% cashmere and 80% modal, making for an even softer and more luxurious handle.

Shop the new range here

BIRD & KNOLL NEW SEASON "PER TUTTI"

Brad McGlashan

Per Tutti (Italian meaning: ‘for all’) celebrates the wonder of travel and provides a window into the lives of locals.

Bird and Knoll share their 2015 European travel experiences in their SS16/17 collection - an artistic narrative captured through the camera lens and transposed onto the “canvas” of their signature luxurious scarves.

Per Tutti is for all to enjoy - sun loungers in Amalfi, pastel coloured laundry in Vernazza, umbrellas in Rome, secluded coves in Greece, rooftops across Paris and drifting boats on the canals of Venice. The collection exhibits a kaleidoscope of colour and local flavour, which plays to a universal desire for travel, adventure and wanderlust.

Shop the new collection here.

CASHMERE

Brad McGlashan

Image: Loro Piana

Image: Loro Piana

A Basic Overview of Cashmere

Cashmere is one of the world’s finest materials. It’s the staple of quality and style in countless genres of fashion—including scarves. Soft to the touch and extremely delicate, cashmere is mysterious while also highly desirable. Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light, and soft. Garments made from it provide excellent insulation, approximately three times that of sheep wool. Cashmere is also softer than regular wool.

Let’s take a closer look into the world of cashmere and what makes this fiber so highly prized.

Cashmere Origins

The name cashmere originates from Kashmir, a region in northern India that eventually became widely known in Europe for gorgeous shawls. Cashmere has been manufactured in Mongolia, Nepal and Kashmir for thousands of years. Later on, European manufacturers developed better technology for processing cashmere fibers which led to a major boom in cashmere popularity during the twentieth century. Today, cashmere is used in pillows, blankets, shawls, slippers and of course, scarves.

Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere goats. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting "cashmere" is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.

Cashmere Blends

Not all cashmere is created equal. Many are referred to as cashmere blends.

Silk and modal both blend particularly well with cashmere, and giving it a sheen and handle that is quite different than cashmere alone. Cashmere may also be blended with cotton to produce a less expensive, cooler item with similar characteristics and softness of a more expensive 100% cashmere garment. 

Why Cashmere is Best

Real cashmere is luxurious and feels incredible against the skin. It is also durable and makes for an excellent investment. Wrinkle resistant and easy to take with you on the go, it’s the perfect travel garment. Cashmere is also ideal for cooler climates as it insulates heat perfectly.

For nearly two hundred years, cashmere has been the quintessential fiber used in only the finest garments. Investing in cashmere offers years of enjoyment as a return. You can never go wrong choosing cashmere.

What to Look for When Buying a Cashmere Scarf?

The best advice is to buy from a reputable, knowledgeable, and long-term supplier of quality scarves. While shopping, analyze the item by rubbing the palm of your hand along the surface of your garment to see if fiber rolls off into small tuffs. If it does, that’s a sign of a poor quality item.

High quality, luxurious, and perfectly processed cashmere is a gift that scarf lovers can’t overlook. Its origins are rich and diverse stretching back thousands of years, and today it continues to bring joy to those of us who appreciate the finer details of our scarves.