The True Cost of Cheap Cashmere

When we’re shopping, we're always on the lookout for a good deal. But when it comes to cashmere, buying cheap may actually end up costing you more in the long run.  

Why not opt for cheaper high street cashmere?

Lower quality

Many high street retailers sell cashmere products at lower prices, but this does not always mean you're getting a good deal. In fact, many of these cheaper products use low-quality cashmere, which can result in a product that is less durable, less comfortable, and less warm.

What makes this the case? Low-quality cashmere typically comes from shorter, coarser fibers that are less soft and more prone to breakage. As a result, the fabric made from low-quality cashmere is less durable and prone to pilling and other forms of wear and tear. It can also feel less comfortable against the skin, as it may be more scratchy or itchy. Finally, lower quality cashmere fibers are often less insulating, which means that the resulting fabric is less warm than higher quality cashmere.

So, when shopping for cashmere, it's important to look beyond the price tag and consider the quality of the product. The best cashmere fibres come from the undercoat of the Cashmere goat, which is found only in select regions around the world.

These regions have the optimal climate and grazing conditions for the goats, which results in the best quality fibres. The fibres are then sorted by hand to ensure only the softest and strongest are used. Next, they are spun into yarns and woven into cashmere products using traditional techniques, which further enhances the quality and durability of the fabric. 

Environmental impact 

One of the biggest hidden costs of cheap cashmere is the impact it has on the environment. Cashmere production is a highly resource-intensive process, and when manufacturers skimp on costs, it often means they're cutting corners on sustainability practices. This often means higher carbon footprints, excessive water usage, and other negative impacts on the environment.

Social impact

Another hidden cost of cheap cashmere is the impact on the herders and workers who produce it. In order to keep prices low, manufacturers may engage in practices such as paying lower wages or neglecting animal welfare.

These practices not only harm the individuals involved but can also contribute to social and economic instability in the region. By choosing to support brands that prioritise ethical and sustainable practices, you can help ensure that the workers who make your clothes are treated fairly. 

Look, feel and longevity 

Ultimately, while it may be tempting to opt for a cheaper option, investing in high-quality cashmere will pay off in the long run. High value cashmere clothing looks and feels more luxurious, and are likely to become the pieces that you will treasure for years to come.

At The Cashmere Choice, we take great pride in offering our customers the finest quality cashmere available. We carefully select and source our materials, working with manufacturers who share our values and commitment to ethical and sustainable production. 

Our products are made from the highest grade of cashmere fibres, carefully sourced and woven by expert artisans who specialise in producing the best quality products.

While it's true that high-quality cashmere is an investment, it doesn't have to break the bank. At The Cashmere Choice, we offer a wide range of products at competitive prices, making it possible to invest in high-quality cashmere without breaking the bank.

Choose quality and start exploring our range of fine cashmere here.