ELEMENTS

Cashmere

FROM MONGOLIA …

Cashmere is the most delicate natural fiber from the downy undercoat of the Carpa Hircus goat, soft enough to be worn comfortably against the bare skin and 7-8 times warmer than wool, without the bulk. Cashmere has been used for luxe clothing since around 1000 b.c. and was the cloth of kings. The output is very scarce, only 0.2% of that of global animal fibers. 

Our cashmere is from Inner Mongolia. Winters are harsh in the Gobi desert which produces the most insulating undercoat with exceptional thermoregulatory qualities – and the finest hair – only  15 – 19 microns (human hair is about 75 microns) …

Cashmere goats are hand-combed in spring, when they shed their winter fur. Approximately 150 grams of fluffy fleece are harvested per animal & year. It takes the annual output of three to four goats to make a cashmere jumper while a single sheep produces enough wool to produce three to four jumpers. 

We kindly ask you to care mindfully for your cashmere since your precious piece wants to stay with you for a lifetime! Please be demure – the instructions on the garment label rule! For more advice on caring for cashmere, please read here.

RESPONSIBLE CASHMERE SOURCES

We source most of our luxe cashmere materials from Cariaggi – probably the most prestigious cashmere-spinning mill in the world, located in the small town of Cagli in Umbria, Italy. The raw material, the down-like hair of the cashmere goat, originates from Inner Mongolia and is expertly dyed and spun in-house.

Cariaggi has been accompanying us for the last 30 years and we have 100% confidence in the outstanding quality of their products, which has received several certifications:

ISO 14001: environmental management
Ohsas 18001: health and safety management
ITF: production traceability
100% Renewable energies

All Cariaggi yarns and manufacturing processes comply with the European REACH regulations and the eco-toxicological requirements for clothing of the “National Chamber of Italian Fashion”.

todd-duncan-cashmere

Another exceptional cashmere mill we work with is Todd & Duncan, way up north in Scottland on the banks of Loch Leven – the water’s natural purity and softness helps to open up cashmere fibers, resulting in wonderfully consistent color for which they are renowned. Their dyes are environmentally friendly, so the water they use can be cleaned and returned to Loch Leven once dyeing is complete. Since its foundation in 1867, Todd & Duncan has evolved into a market leader in the manufacturing of heirloom-quality cashmere yarns. 

PEACE SILK

Silk has been gained from the cocoon of the silkworm for more than 5000 years. An undamaged cocoon can produce a continuous filament of up to 900 m (the protein from the cocoon of the silkworm is the only continuous fibre found in nature). In conventional silk production, the caterpillars do not survive the process, but are killed by heat. In the so called “Peace Silk” the cocoon is sliced so that the finished butterfly can slip before the cocoon is thrown into hot water.

Silk is an investment that should be bought with a long term relationship in mind. When it comes to washing your silk, leaving it to the experts at the dry cleaners (no trichloroethylene!) is the absolute best way to keep its subtle lustre and delicate hand feel. If you ever find yourself in a jam or want an at home way to freshen your silk, here’s some careful advice:

  • Gentle cycle, cold
  • Gentle & natural shampoo, no bleach
  • Only iron when dry & at low temperature
  • Lay flat to dry, absolutely no dryer

LEATHER

We use pig skins for the leather fringes of our Triangolo cashmere throw as part of the utilization cycle of meat industry byproducts. We’ve been with the same German leather merchant for ages. The fringes are trimmed by a Bavarian furrier near lake Tegernsee.

Leather is a natural product and should be cared for just as we take care of our own skin. Leather, especially vegetable tanned leather, is sensitive to liquids, light and dirt. Regular greasing or the use of care products such as impregnating spray may help to keep it clean and supple. However, not all types of leather are compatible with the use of such products. Test a cleaner on a hidden spot before applying the visible parts.

Always pay attention to professional leather cleaning. The so-called F cleaning is best, bit it’s rarely used. The P cleaning is chosen most often, but it can be too aggressive for some types of leather.

  • No machine wash
  • Do not bleach
  • Leather cleaning F
  • Keep in a safe place

COTTON

Cotton has been cultivated and used since around 6000 BC for the production of textiles.

The raw material consists of the seed fibers of the ripe cotton fruits. These fibers consist of 95% cellulose and may be up to 4 cm long. Cotton is grown in monocultures and consumes a lot of water. It’s wise to check the origin – some certificates indicate if the production is sustainable: GOTS, kbA, Fairtrade or IVN.

Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding many washings in hot water.

  • Machine wash at 40°C
  • Do not bleach
  • Iron at medium temperature
  • Dry cleaning is ok (except trichloroethylene?
  • Not suitable for tumble dryers

PACKAGING

ECO FRIENDLY

We can’t quit packaging but we follow our own mindful rules using sustainable stuff from www.biobiene.com. The German supplier aims for a world without plastic – and without products from China… Everything is made from renewable, biodegradable materials.

The translucent ECOMARINE garment bags we use for protection are entirely water soluble – a brilliant innovation since no toxic waste ends up in our oceans. We suggest reusing them as storage bags for your cherished clothes.

Mailboxes are made from environmentally friendly corrugated cardboard so they can be reused or recycled.

We use document bags made from 100% paper with an environmentally friendly adhesive – easy to recycle.

SHIPPING

UPS offers a carbon neutral shipping option, giving us the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint while demonstrating our commitment to sustainability. This way we can contribute to projects like Wolf Creek, which captures methane landfill emissions to generate electricity in Georgia, USA, or, Chol Charoen, which captures emissions released from wastewater to produce electricity in Thailand. Read more.

ZANDER OBLIGES

ZANDER (= PIKE PERCH)

If you bear a last name that is eponymous with a predatory freshwater fish and work in an industry that kills the environment and pollutes the water, you feel obliged to swim against the tide. We make every possible effort to ensure sustainable production and maximum transparency.

THE OCEAN PROJECT

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean. That’s equivalent to one truckload dumped into the sea every minute of the day. From there, it goes on a long and destructive journey. The marine ecosystem is completely out of balance. Human intervention such as whale and dolphin hunting or habitual over-fishing of protected species makes it even worse.

We support organizations that are committed to protecting the oceans by donating 3 Euros for each item sold. In that way we try to contribute to the preservation and protection of the natural environment and our namesakes!