Sustainable nearly new cashmere. Cashmere is by far my favourite fabric for a cosy winter jumper or cardigan. I have several beautiful ones that I have had for many years. If you look after them and wash them carefully and protect them from the pesky moths they are one of the hardest-wearing fabrics you can buy. However good quality cashmere is becoming increasingly expensive and the cheaper ones can be a bit flimsy. So what is the answer Nearly New Cashmere. A sustainable cashmere brand founded by Ali in 2014 whose mission is to recycle old cashmere and give it new life.
With a small team, Ali focuses on rescuing discarded cashmere which is then reconditioned or repaired if necessary and sold through her shop. As you can imagine, every piece is different. The average price of each item is about £40 – £50 with some special styles costing a little more. There’s plenty of stock for women, men and children; you can shop by colour, style or size and every item is photographed on an appropriately sized woman from their local village in Yorkshire so you can get a really good idea of how it would look on you.
In the photos above and below I am wearing a black cashmere cardigan with a flattering waterfall front. As all the styles are one-offs it is a bit of a lucky dip. There is a wide range available from boyfriend to polo neck and even sleeveless and tees.
There are also some fabulous recycled cashmere accessories. I really fancy a pair of their fingerless gloves. I have a pair already, which I bought in Paris a few years ago. They are very useful for keeping my hands warm and I can still use my mobile phone. Their neck warmers are also great and would make excellent presents.
Sustainable nearly new cashmere:
Their mission is to rescue, repair and restore. They also offer a cashmere repair service and sell moth protection bags to store your precious cashmere out of season. I am definitely going to order a couple of these.