Shop Consciously with the “Nearly New Cashmere Co”

 

Nearly New Cashmere Co have boosted their retail presence by opening a new boutique in Masham (North Yorkshire), selling a variation of cashmere garments. I was thrilled to be invited to their recent opening event.

When talking to the owner and founder, Alison Hollins, and her team, she explained the business has grown rapidly – hence the need for a local base. This complements the company’s online presence. It’s a great way to buy cashmere (which is usually so expensive) without buying brand new.

Alison’s company offers a varied collection of luxury, second hand, 100% cashmere. Her stock comprises sweaters, cardigans, scarves and gloves for both men and women. Each item is consciously laundered and treated until it’s in perfect condition. All the stock is of faultless quality. When Alison kindly asked me to choose an item as a gift, I was so spoilt for choice.

As I strolled around the shop, there was a striking rainbow of colours – all neatly grouped together, making it easier to spot your preference. All sizes were also clearly marked.

There was a luxurious soft, quality to the touch, as cashmere should be. After trying a few items on in their changing room, I finally settled on a beautiful, navy blue, v-necked, “Ralph Lauren” sweater. This would have cost goodness knows what, if you were buying brand new. The condition is pristine and such a quality product which will enhance any outfit.

Over the years, I have acquired a small collection of cashmere sweaters, cardigans and scarves. If looked after, they can last a long time. When I peeked on the price tag, I was extremely surprised by the price. £42.00 – Wow!!!

This is the Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater from Nearly New Cashmere Co. Notice the beautiful quality.

The trick to finding the perfect sweater is nailing the texture. Whether you’re looking for one to wear to the office, or something comfortable and oversized to mooch around in a casual setting, it’s the perfect smart, casual garment. If you have sensitive skin, it may be an idea to wear a light fitting cotton tee underneath – handy to peel off when it gets a tad warm, too.

When I was doing my research for this piece, I came across a handy tool – one which I didn’t know existed. A handheld product called a ‘de-bobbler’ or ‘bobble shaver’. This will breathe new life into your worn-out favourite, precious jumpers and tops. It’s a small rotating blade inside a plastic case that works wonders. I have read the glowing reviews, so I’ve ordered this one from Amazon. From reading the instructions, it looks easy to use – you simply run it over the item of clothing, safely removing the bobbles, loose threads and lint, leaving woollens looking brand new, again.

In terms of sustainability and shopping consciously, it makes sense to acquire clothes that are already in the market. We can still get that pleasure rush from buying from a second-hand brand or an ethically produced fashion label, where care has been taken to do minimal harm to the environment.

I’m beginning to not look at fashion with blinkers on anymore. I’m now asking more questions about where the garment has been made, and how. Most brands are transparent with their information on their websites, detailing their sustainability policies. There is a huge rise in sustainable brands.

A bonus to the sustainable movement is that buying second hand and ‘preloved’ clothing is now accepted, and something to be proud of. Whereas, only a few years ago, people didn’t voluntarily admit to it.

To see their full range of styles, visit the Nearly New Cashmere Co online Shop!!

Disclosure: I was gifted a cashmere sweater in return for a social media (Instagram) post, and my time. I also decided to write about my experience in my blog because “nearly new clothing” and “sustainable fashion” is such an important subject and dear to my heart – so it gave me a lot to think about. And, I really enjoyed meeting the team, and experiencing the whole occasion!  Thank you to Olivia from “Storyteller Marketing” for the invite.  This post may also include a few affiliate links

Alison

xx

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

 

 

30 Comments

    • October 31, 2019 / 10:14 pm

      I agree. It is a lovely store to have a look around. Very relaxed atmosphere in a
      very pretty village in Yorkshire.
      Alison xx

  1. November 1, 2019 / 1:36 am

    I wish we had a Nearly New Cashmere Company in Savannah. What’s not to love about feel good sweaters with a feel good mission. ❤️❤️ ~ Suzana Barton

    • November 1, 2019 / 6:24 pm

      Hi Suzana,
      Second hand cashmere is such a good idea as it doesn’t loose its quality. They do ship to the USA if you want to check them out – there’s a link in my blog piece. Have a fab weekend!
      Alison xx

  2. November 6, 2019 / 2:50 am

    Higher price items like cashmere I almost always buy secondhand! This is a wonderful idea for a store! Love the sweater you chose!

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Laura. It’s a beautiful sweater for the price. Such great
      quality
      Alison x

  3. November 6, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    Oh that shop looks amazing! I love cashmere but in recent years it’s become hard to find quality items that don’t break the bank. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      It’s a great way to buy cashmere at a fraction of the price. I was
      so pleasantly surprised when I saw the price tag. I’m going to have
      a peep for Christmas presents.
      Alison xx

  4. November 6, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    I am so happy you shared this post with us today on the Style Six Link Up! That blue is beautiful on you! I’d love to own some cashmere!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you, Kellyann. It’s a great idea to buy cashmere at a
      fraction of the price. I did fall in love with this sweater
      straight away.
      Alison xx

  5. November 6, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    What a great gift for you and a wonderful recommendation for us! I love Cashmere and must admit I do keep myself to second hand pieces due to the cost. I’ll be browsing their website next, thank-you!

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Anna. It’s a great idea, as the quality is fabulous and the price
      is great. I will be looking for Christmas presents on their on-line shop too!
      Alison xx

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Jessica. The colour did attract me. It’s lovely soft wool and
      I’m so pleased with it.
      Alison

  6. November 7, 2019 / 6:38 pm

    What a fantastic concept! and great way to shop for cashmere! Love the color of your sweater!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:11 pm

      I agree. It is virtually brand new for a quarter of the price.
      Alison x

  7. November 7, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    Ahh, so soft and cozy! I love cashmere! Love the color of the top you styled with the leopard bag!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you, Carrie. I did try a few sweaters and instantly
      fell for this one – it’s so soft. Can’t beat a pop of
      leopard print too!
      Alison xx

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:04 pm

      I agree Ruth. I have got a small assortment of cashmere, which I love.
      Alison xx

    • November 11, 2019 / 1:02 pm

      Me too Merel. Cashmere is so expensive brand new – it’s a great way
      to buy at a much cheaper price.
      Alison x

  8. November 8, 2019 / 7:47 pm

    Alison what a great post. I love the idea buying nearly new clothes and except cashmere. Thanks for introducing to this concept. Also thanks for visiting my blog )
    Tina xx

    • November 11, 2019 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Tina. It is a great concept and the quality is virtually brand
      new. Have a great week!
      Alison

  9. November 9, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    This is such an amazing concept for a second hand sustainable shop….to be focused on just cashmere. And there is a lot to love about a quality cashmere sweater. Your choice is gorgeous and I love the shade of purple paired with those gorgeous wide legged corduroy trousers! So beautiful. I recently bought myself a de-piller or de-bobbler and it really does breathe new life into pilly sweaters. I have my favorite pair of cashmere fingerless writing gloves that I wear all winter long while typing because my hands are always like ice…they naturally became very pilly and I shaved them down and they are nearly like new again! Thanks for sharing this brilliant company and linking up with me.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • November 11, 2019 / 12:53 pm

      I agree Shelbee – it’s such a great idea and great prices when you compare
      to them to brand new cashmere. I can confirm there’s no difference. I have
      just received my de-pillar so yet to try it.
      Alison x
      x

  10. November 9, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    All of the Cashmere looks gorgeous! AND gorgeous looks, thanks for sharing.

    • November 11, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you, Sherry. You’re so welcome! I don’t think you can go wrong with
      cashmere.
      Alison

  11. November 10, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    What a great idea for a store and a lovely knit you got! 🙂 I have one of those de-bobbler tools, I find it doesn’t always work that well depending on the material – but it does freshen up a piece with a lot of pilling!

    Hope that you had a great weekend! We had our annual family photo with Santa for our Christmas cards on Saturday and then a play date in the park on Sunday 🙂

    • November 11, 2019 / 12:45 pm

      I agree Mica, it’s such a great idea to sell 2nd hand cashmere. I have just received
      my de-bobbler tool – I’ll be trying it out on a few sweaters – hope it’s effective. Your
      annual Christmas photograph sounds a lot of fun. Enjoy.
      Alison x

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