Welcome to the next instalment of: From Goat to Coat: A Cashmere Journey. This time around I’m going to be talking about the next stage of the cashmere supply chain; processing. Before reading this I highly recommend reading my first instalment about cashmere herding (see here!) so you can get a bit of context about what I’m talking about. You never know, you might learn something!
Author: Lotti Blades-Barrett, sustainability expert and writer.
Originally from the Netherlands, Sophia is a fashion and portrait photographer working between London and New York. Her intimate aesthetic is defined by her use of film and natural light. She works on editorial and commercial projects with brands and creatives.
Read our Q&A with Sophia as part of our Comfort Blanket.
An amazing interview with Bruce Pask, Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman and Friend of Begg & Co. Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son, Andrew Goodman.
Read our Q&A with Bruce Pask and learn more about his working from home routine and fashion tips.
Massimo is the CEO of Lanecardate and is very passionate about his job, his employees and his family. As CEO of Lanecardate he leads from the front, very customer focused and an amazing friend of Begg & Co. His love and passion for his job shine through in our Q&A with Massimo.
I am the Managing Director of New England Wool, a wool exporting company based in Australia and owned by two prominent fabric makers in northern Italy, Successori Reda and Vitale Barberis Canonico. My job, along with my team is to precure high quality raw material (wool and Mohair) from all the major producing countries in the world. We have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, and representatives in Western Australia (Fremantle), New Zealand (Christchurch) and South Africa (Port Elisabeth).
Read our insightful Q&A with Andrew as he gives us another perspective on coping in this strange time we all find ourselves in.
A short introduction to sustainability in cashmere
I remember the book that inspired me to start reading up on sustainability in the cashmere industry. Lucy Siegle’s To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? introduced me to an entirely new way of thinking about fashion and for one reason or another, there was something about her call for more sustainable cashmere that really stuck. Maybe it was the allure of luxury fashion, or maybe it was because it was my first real understanding of the relationship between nature and the industry. Either way, four years on and I find myself totally hooked, having specialised in cashmere for my master’s degree, and deciding to put down roots in Scotland, one of the UK’s cashmere hubs.