Look 4 from our Lookbook is a beige Prince of Wales Check from Loro Piana’s Proposte Giacche Fall/Winter 2019 Collection (fabric number 698043). It comprises 86% wool, 10% silk, and 4% cashmere. The trouser fabric is a green corduroy from the same collection that’s 90% cotton and 10% cashmere.
The cashmere derives from the capra hircus, also known as the cashmere goat. This animal produces some of the finest raw materials in the world.
However, there’s a fibre that’s even rarer, softer, and lighter: the fleece of its kid. This baby cashmere, however, is available only in extremely limited amounts. That’s because it can be gathered only once in a lifetime from each kid, roughly at the age of six months.
At this age, the baby goat produces a maximum of 80 grams of beautifully soft, super-fine down. That compares with around 250 grams for adult goats. This 80 grams provides around 30 grams of usable fibre. This makes baby cashmere one of the world’s most exclusive materials.
The goats produce a double fleece that comprises a fine, soft undercoat or underdown, plus a straighter and coarser outer coating called guard hair. The fine underdown must be de-haired, a mechanical process that splits the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After this, the cashmere can be dyed and converted into textile yarn.
Corduroy is a type of velvet that comes with vertical ridges, known as wales. Jackets tend to adopt thinner wales, while wider wales are generally reserved for trousers.
This textured weave of cotton and cashmere corduroy is composed of two different threads. The first thread is cotton and the second, softer thread is cashmere. This provides the warmer, brushed effect.
Here are the elements that make up the look:
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