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Closet Care – Cashmere

I’ve written a few times before about my love of cashmere – each season, I can’t resist adding at least a few new items to my closet. Over time, I’ve learned quite a bit through trial and error about selecting the best pieces, and taking care of them. I thought I’d share them with you, as part of my Closet Care series.

Shawls

Some favorite cashmere shawls

Purchasing: I generally recommend that one buy the best quality of cashmere that one can afford. There’s seriously nothing like a high quality, thick ply, super soft cashmere sweater. In my experience, ones manufactured in the UK/Scotland are the best.

That being said, some cashmere prices can be seriously scary, and there’s also the supreme rage that may overcome you when your brand new filmy Cucinelli ends up serving as a delicious snack for an enterprising band of moths. And, expensive doesn’t always equal better (though the best items do usually end up pricier). Make sure to feel each piece that you consider buying – does it feel thick? Is it already pilling? Some luxury brands aren’t known for their knits and I have found myself less than impressed with some quite expensive brands. I wouldn’t necessarily buy cashmere from say, Cavalli. Continue Reading

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Closet Care: Storing Your Bags

A reader question I receive from time to time is one around storing bags. How many of us have a cherished designer bag in our wardrobe that we’ve had for years – that at some point we discovered was sagging,…

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Closet Care – Jewelry

Since my first “Closet Care” post concentrated on bags and shoes, today I thought I would show you how I clean and take care of another segment of accessories – jewelry. I love all kinds of jewelry and most…

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Closet Care – Bags and Shoes

Recently I’ve had a few requests for posts around how I take care of my wardrobe – clothes and accessories. I am far from an expert in these areas but since I do try and have my items last…

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Balenciaga: Before and After Restoration

One of my more frequently used bags is my black Balenciaga “City” moto bag. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s still one of the most practical bag styles around in my opinion – light, can be…