Thursday, December 04, 2008

Vintage Cashmere Sweaters

There's nothing quite like cashmere from the 1940's and 50's. Not only has it stood the test of time, it will last for many years to come with proper care. Unlike today's cheap cashmere that pills so easily, vintage cashmere sweaters are most often made from the long fibers gathered from the underside of the Kashmir goat. Those long fibers also make for an incredibly soft hand.

The photo above, from December 1957, is of "a sweater that couldn't possibly be just like one she already owns." The beige cashmere cardigan by Torrez VI is lined in 24K gold lamé and buttons with cabochon emeralds set in gold. The cost? A mere $650 (about $5000 today). No wonder she looks like she owns the world! The sweater is worn with a simple beige cashmere pullover and brown velveteen pants. And since the emerald buttons just aren't enough, jewelry sparkles at her ears, neck, and waist.

If you've never tried vintage cashmere, I urge to to take the plunge! Here are a few sweaters available from sellers I trust and recommend:

50's Dalton pink cashmere pullover with sailor collar from Blue Velvet Vintage:

1950's blue cashmere cardigan with fox fur collar from Past Perfect Vintage:

1950's red cashmere cardigan with mushroom embroidery from Fast Eddie's Retro Rags:

1950's cream cashmere cardigan with lace appliques from Listit Vintage Cafe: