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!!!
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
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