My family have been working in the Textile industry for well over a century. It started with my Great Grandfather who ran his own woollen mill producing fine Scottish Tweeds. By the time my Father joined the business, their own brand of Macnab tweed was sold throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and he wanted to add cashmere to mix. In the past, Scottish cashmere was the finest in the world. However, as labour costs rose in the UK, it started to become too expensive to produce and unable to compete with the meteoric rise of China. Fast forward 100 years, and most of the world’s top grade cashmere now comes from the blustery plains of Inner Mongolia. My Dad first went up to Inner Mongolia some 40 years ago, and has been working with our cashmere partners up there ever since. In many ways, my eventual foray into this field was inevitable. After joining the family business over a decade ago, when I was pregnant with Milo, I wanted to make something for my Little Ones as cashmere is both so soft yet breathable. And, in this era of Sad Environmental Decline, it had to be something that was the antithesis of fast fashion: something that would last so that it could be passed down from sibling to sibling, and then generation to generation. After all, what could possibly be nicer than for your own kids to pass down their cashmere hand-me-downs to their own Little Ones?
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