Pure cashmere will show wear earlier but a wool/cashmere blend can give good wear and be lighter and warmer than pure wool. Wool/cashmere is very nice for overcoats and topcoats that get more use. Pure cashmere is better for outer garments that don't get as much wear, like your evening formal or semi-formal overcoat.Have heard that cashmere is a bad choice as it doesn't last long...wondering if ther is a brand that is good? thanks
Please allow me to disagree, Paul. You are the pro, but I am the commuter. What I notice people doing with their coats in cars, trains, busses, airplanes, etc. is unbelievable. They are tossed around, folded in cramped carryons, used as pillows, blankets or laptop support.
For a wool/cashmere blend, what would you say is the oiptimum level of casmere?Cashmere is not as durable as a wool cashmere blend and the blend is not as durable as a hard worsted. Overcoats normally do not get the hard wear that one gives to ones suits and sports jackets. For most individuals overcoats will show wear at the collar (coat comes in contact with your neck) and the sleeves ( sleeves get constant friction). I have my customers make their sleeve length about 3/8" on the long side. After a couple of years you can shorten the sleeves the 3/8" and the coat will still be like new.
Sounds nice. How often do they get warn?I have a dozen or so of vintage cashmere (and vicuña) overcoats that are all over 50 years old. They show almost no wear. Any garment will of course wear out, but I haven't seen any undue wear problems with cashmere overcoats.
Again, the man who lives in the glass house is throwing stones. Isn't this the reason you were kicked off the FL? I remember it was something pretty flagrant. (I post there frequently under a different monicker.)