Harrisons Multi-millionaire Cashmere collection is the ultimate luxury cloth. It is made of pure worsted spun cashmere with vicuña and weighs 300gsm.
Don’t know what Vicuña is? Here is a quick run down.
Vicuña is the finest and rarest of all natural fibres and extremely soft and warm, the epitome of luxury cloths. The vicuña is a South American relative of the alpaca and the llama, 2 well known luxury wool producing breeds. Each vicuña animal produces about a pound of wool a year however, due to Peruvian law, vicuñas can only be shorn every 3 years and remain wild as they do not do well in captivity. It is understood that the Inca valued their wool so highly that only the leaders were allowed to wear garments made from it and that it was referred to as the “fabric of the Gods”.
Cashmere is the fibre taken from goats and is also fine, strong, warm and soft. It is estimated that on average yearly production per goat is 150 grams (about 1/3 lb). Much like Llamas and alpacas, cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. Only the fine hair is used and must be separated from the course hairs making the process time consuming and tedious, thus the high cost. Regulations state the fibres must be under 18.5µm in diameter and at least 3.175cm long. The fibers are highly adaptable and are easily spun into fine or thick yarns, and light to heavy-weight fabrics. Cashmere is appropriate for all climates, with the high moisture content allowing the insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in the air.
Now you know all that, can you imagine what this feels like?