KID­DING, NOT KID­DING

LORO PIANA cel­e­brates ten years of the im­pos­si­bly soft cloth­ing

Esquire Middle East - - STYLE - BY MATTHEW BAX­TER-PRIEST

IF CASH­MERE IS TO FAB­RIC what Wagyu is to steak, then Baby Cash­mere would be Kobe beef.

As you might guess, Baby Cash­mere is va­ri­ety of nor­mal cash­mere, but one that is ul­tra-fine, im­pos­si­bly soft, and taken from the un­der­fleece of young kid goats. Only avail­able once in a goat’s life­time, the fab­ric comes from the first comb­ing of a cash­mere goat — giv­ing goatherders and pur­vey­ors of fine fab­rics a fi­nite win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to col­lect it.

First in­tro­duced to the mar­ket by Loro Piana in 2008, ten years of in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment went into en­sur­ing the process was vi­able and sus­tain­able. As you can imag­ine, get­ting the enough of the fab­ric is as com­pli­cated a process as you’d imag­ine. With each an­i­mal pro­vid­ing only a tiny amount of fi­bre, the ven­er­a­ble cloth­ier has worked to pro­tect and cham­pion its unique­ness — tak­ing spe­cial care of the way cash­mere is har­vested in In­ner Mon­go­lia, and open­ing up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­at­ing ever-finer, softer cash­mere.

With adult cash­mere know the world-over for its qual­ity, Baby Cash­mere is in fact around 15 per­cent finer.

Thanks to the ex­treme bi­nary cli­mate of the re­gion (cold, brit­tle win­ters and swel­ter­ing, arid sum­mers), the goats de­velop an in­sanely soft in­ner fleece layer and a hardy, coarse outer layer of wool. With the young goat’s first fleece be­ing nat­u­rally shed with the ar­rival of sum­mer, its sub­limely light and ul­tra-soft, the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of Baby Cash­mere are pal­pa­ble to the touch. Only 30 grams is pro­duced per goat per year and only 2,000kg of the stuff is pro­duced an­nu­ally. Low main­te­nance these goats ain’t.

Luck­ily for us, as part of its 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, Loro Piana has un­veiled its new Au­tumn Win­ter ’18 col­lec­tion with pieces made from that very baby cash­mere. While stocks last, nat­u­rally.

The col­lec­tion process on a Baby Cash­mere farm in In­ner Mon­go­lia

Loro Piana,the Dubai Mall, Fash­ion Av­enue, Dubai.Tel: +971 4 3303350. loropi­ana.com

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