Monaghan's website states that their products are produced in Scotland as mentioned above and Italy...
Barrie is one of the oldest cashmere knitting manufactures in Scotland that makes for Chanel ,John Laing
Leaving aside his alleged clothing choices, I think his point being that you seem to carry on like some lottery winner who has just discovered clothes and is now going round on an extended shopping spree spending money like a drunken sailor on multiples of everything and posting pics of your purchases here, but with zero context (how they fit, what they were combined with, where you wore them, etc.)From the .... that wears zipped hoodies...
Throwing money around on £12.00 sweaters. The extravagance. I have around 12, they fit perfectly...Leaving aside his alleged clothing choices, I think his point being that you seem to carry on like some lottery winner who has just discovered clothes and is now going round on an extended shopping spree spending money like a drunken sailor on multiples of everything and posting pics of your purchases here, but with zero context (how they fit, what they were combined with, where you wore them, etc.)
It is of course your prerogative to post however you wish, but to what end? The result is at best a facsimile of In Sitiches during his prolific “where to kop?” phase on SF, and at worst a thinly disguised flex letting us all know how much money you have to throw around at acquiring an enormous and seemingly indiscriminate pile of clothes.
You do realise that in a few posts you will be contradicting yourself getting all excited about an image of a Vintage NOS Ballantyne folded intarsia with labels...Leaving the point on disposable income aside, I would say that the feedback that posting pics of new, folded clothes and their labels is rather pointless and adds little to the conversation has been given to you before.
Why don’t you just post pics of you wearing them? Other than acknowledging that now you own said pieces, there’s not much more to be said otherwise…
You do realise that in a few posts you will be contradicting yourself getting all excited about an image of a Vintage NOS Ballantyne folded intarsia with labels...
No, I am not buying much at all from eBay these days… I don’t see much interesting stuff passing by.
Currency wise, I cannot complain though, the Swiss franc is strong, I just wish there would be more interesting stuff listed
The color looks nice, but can you post 1-2 pictures with the garment on the edge to a light? 100% cashmere should always show its fluffy fibers when you see it in some light on the edges with the naked eyes, otherwise could be a blend one with silk or synthetic
Dear JohnnyVery nice pieces of knits, glad to see that you have taste
Comparing apples to oranges....comparing old style made Ballantynes 7 gauges with Kiton 5 gauges and pure cashmere stiff fibre with fine thin one
That feeling of over milling is not that on the GradeA+ houses, is about the raw material...the long very fine µ fibre doesnt need to be over milled, the way to see that, is in the texture of the fibre if it has some burn out effect , hard to see with naked eye especially with medium colour and easier to see in navy or black garments. The most brands that uses a lot cheap fibre over milled, over wash their yarn to get to what these top tier houses have from the raw material already.
Its very hard nowadays to do dense knit with 40mm long and under 15µ fibre and the artisans to create the overall shape (fashion style excluded) , few makers can have and do this...because if you have one without the other you have a deficit, If you have dense knit you should go for the longer fibre first and fine fibre second because tension in the knit with a shorter fibre will get loose overtime when you bend, or raise your arms or move around in your daily routine of you life (this happens a lot less for those who wear every day of the week a different knit ). So because in the old days Ballantynes and other Scottish or even Italians didnt had access to refined cashmere...there were made more robust, long fibre +tense knit = great quality from the start. Nowadays this race to the finest and finest i hope it came to an end because it is so rare that it doesnt even make sense, the law's of nature reached its limit
So what are you comparing there is a old style made Ballantynes knit with tense 7 gauge knit, and depends on how old it is , if it will pass the test of time by wearing it a lot without loosing it shape that means also a long 35-40mm raw fibre in it. Nowadays if you want this plus a fine garment you have to pay for it. Again Kiton, attolini or Colombo never over washed or over milled their garments, they dont need to since they are using the best raw material
While Attolini's wool can have some over washed in their standard wool garments, Kiton doesnt, they always start from super S150 wool
So, from my personal experience, if you want an "bespoke" or RTW knit go for the house who has the artisans the machines that can create a dense knit with long fibre and preferred under 14µ (depends on your budget...if you cant, try to leave out the under 14µ and go for the pure cashmere). This is how the today Grade A+ works now, but with some differences....nowadays we have from gauge 3 , 5 to gauge 18, from 1 plys 2 plys 4 8 12 etc so many options and combinations compared to decades ago. Here we cannot compare apples to oranges...i always recommend a more room to breath for very heavy 1kg or over knit that means a 5 gauge or 7 at most(for a knit that is wear under a coat or something else and NOT by standalone, otherwise -for cold days go for dense heavy knit by all means if you want to wear it by itself and not under anything else), and for the lighter, all season 1ply or 2 ply at min with 7 gauge or 12 gauge depends on your weather conditions where you live
Hope this helped a bit
After the incident in which you posted pics of your Cambodian sweat shop factory jumpers, I was hoping you showed some restrain. It seems, I was wishfull thinking.