The quality and price of pure cashmere without other fibres is affected not only by the purity of the fibres but also the length of the hairs. The longest fibres are the most precious because the shorter fibres tend to loosen themselves from the spun yarn and develop knots. This is known as pilling and is a side effect that particularly occurs in lower-quality cashmere yarns.
“100% Cashmere” means there are no other fibres – this label is a good indicator, but still not a guarantee of quality.
Quality has a price: Cheaper models are almost always made of stretched or low-quality yarn.
Cashmere has a unique feel – with a little practice, you can recognise the fibre by touch.
Naturally beige to light brown, cashmere can be dyed any colour. Textiles made of dyed yarn are more exclusive than items dyed after they have been made.
Favourite pieces with a lifetime value
Founder Barbara Schoppe and her daughter andCEO Franziska Stremme have been in the cashmere business since 2007 with their exclusive label Philo-Sofie Cashmere and know what is important. The successful mother-daughter team sums it up for us: “Our philosophy is designing fashionable knits of the highest quality. Every one of our pieces is a favourite of ours with a lifetime value.”