Award winning cashmere for kids, Mika & Milo was born out of a rich history in textiles: our founder's family have been working with natural fibres for well over a century. It started with Aiko Stevenson's Great-Grandfather who ran his own woollen mill producing fine Scottish Tweeds on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
By the time her father joined the team, their own brand of Macnab Tweeds was sold throughout the US, Europe and Asia. However, when her Grandfather fell ill, the business was sold to Lord Fraser and her father moved to Asia to set up Macnab Drummond which started procuring cashmere.
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 where the frigid winter cold helps the goats to grow a fine inner coat in order to keep them warm: temperatures drop as low as 40 degrees celsius in the depths of December.
But, in the summer, temperatures climb over 30C so the goats are sheared to keep them cool when they no longer need this extra coat. And, it's this fine inner coat which is used to make the most delicious cashmere jumpers.
However, did you know that one goat only produces enough yarn to make one baby sized jumper a year? And, that's why a good quality cashmere sweater can be rather pricey.
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