January 2, 2008
Buying cashmere in London
As I mentioned in a previous post, the streets are awash with the soft, soft touch of cashmere.
If you’ve ever thought about investing in a quality cashmere piece, now is the time to make your move, with the winter sales currently in full swing.
And while all cashmere is luxurious, some cashmere is more luxurious than others (apologies to Orwell). Here’s my pick of the best places to buy the good stuff in London:
Founded in 1963, N.Peal is one of the luxury cashmere brands located in the historic Burlington Arcade, with separate men’s and women’s stores. The knitwear is made and designed in Scotland, using Mongolian and Chinese wool. Cashmere scarves are currently on sale for £79 (down from £99), with certain lines reduced by up to 50 per cent.
37 and 71 Burlington Arcade
Tel: 020 7499 6485
One of London’s more traditional cashmere specialists located in the Burlington Arcade. Think classic cashmere twinsets, sweaters and cardigans. House-brand cashmere scarves start at £99.75.
46-49 Burlington Arcade
Tel: 020 7493 0028
This Scottish brand is renowned for its high quality cashmere and classic investment pieces. Cashmere scarves start at £45. If you’ve got your eye on a cashmere sweater or cardie, hold off ‘til 16 January, when the sale starts.
344 Kings Road
186 Upper Street
81 Marylebone High Street
66/68 Ledbury Road
17 High Street Wimbledon
Pringle of Scotland
One of Britain’s leading luxury knitwear brands, Pringle started knitting cashmere in 1871. The argyle cashmere sweater is a Pringle classic staple.
Check out the cute kids Autumn/Winter capsule collection for argyle au go go:
Head to Pringle now for 50 per cent off selected items.
141 Sloane Street
Tel: 020 7881 3060
112 New Bond Street
Tel: 020 7297 4580
High Street picks:
Marks & Spencer
Excellent range of everyday cashmere pieces at reasonable price points, starting at £20 for a cashmere scarf, and £39.50 for short-sleeved sweaters. Sale on now.
Find stores here.
The fun marketing campaign featuring cashmere-clad sock puppets has been hard to miss on London Tube escalators in December, and so is this Japanese brand’s ultra-affordable prices and huge range of fashion colours.
Prices start at £39.95 for cashmere tops. Sale on now.
/>311 Oxford Street,
T: 020 7290 7701
170 Oxford Street,
T: 020 7307 9671
If your cashmere gets moth holes or needs to be repaired, send it to a cashmere specialist. This place is the best in London.
The Cashmere Clinic
Flat 5, 53 Redcliffe Gardens
Tel: 0207 584 9806