EX­CEL­LENCE FROM EX­TREMES

Ital­ian fash­ion brand Loro Piana goes to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths in search of the finest cash­mere

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SYN­ONY­MOUS WITH LUX­URY, cash­mere has long been the golden fleece of fash­ion de­sign­ers. For Loro Piana, this means sourc­ing the world’s finest and rarest nat­u­ral fi­bres to find the most ex­quis­ite of them all: baby cash­mere. Found in the harsh ex­tremes and rough land­scapes of the Alashan moun­tain range in In­ner Mon­go­lia, the kids of the white Capra hir­cus, or cash­mere goat, de­velop an un­der-fleece that’s finer than ba­bies’ hair, in­com­pa­ra­bly softer than tra­di­tional adult cash­mere, durable, re­silient and also in­cred­i­bly rare. The fi­bre is har­vested only once in a life­time from each kid, just be­fore they reach 12 months old and in June when the pro­tec­tive layer sheds nat­u­rally. The tiny yields make baby cash­mere ex­cep­tion­ally pre­cious. The brand’s vi­sion ex­tends to sep­a­rat­ing adult and baby cash­mere. Un­til 2005, goat herders would merge the two coats; it took 10 years for Loro Piana to con­vince the breed­ers of In­ner Mon­go­lia to set aside the baby cash­mere and there­fore ob­tain the high­est grade, all in the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence. Cel­e­brat­ing a decade of baby cash­mere, Loro Piana presents Baby Cash­mere Ju­bilee, a ready-to-wear cap­sule col­lec­tion that spot­lights this ex­traor­di­nar­ily soft and rare fi­bre. The all-white col­lec­tion in­cludes three wom­enswear gar­ments that re­flect the pu­rity of the ma­te­rial and hon­our its ori­gins. It fea­tures two turtle­neck sweaters in dif­fer­ent de­signs, one of which is adorned with ca­ble knit on the body and sleeves, and the other with a fish­er­man’s rib-stitch body and criss-cross ca­ble-knit sleeves. Adding an­other de­gree of lux­ury is the baby cash­mere bomber, lined with mink and ac­cented with mother-of-pearl but­tons and a de­tach­able chin­chilla col­lar. Baby cash­mere is also featured across the house’s au­tumn/win­ter 2018 col­lec­tions in a series of hues and pat­terns for both menswear and wom­enswear, from strong geo­met­ric looks in graphic wear to more clas­sic and tra­di­tional styles with a con­tem­po­rary twist. A high­light from the col­lec­tions is the graphic wear cape. Cre­ated with baby cash­mere in a con­trast­ing deep blue and warm red striped de­sign, fas­tened with a leather tog­gle, it lends it­self to the au­tum­nal trend for sweep­ing, dra­matic capes and is a lux­u­ri­ous out­er­wear op­tion.

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