Sometimes You Don't Get What You Pay For: Cashmere watchdog group on the prowl

December 23, 2004 by
shefinds |

The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute says it has found products marked as 100% cashmere at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Off 5th outlets and Bachrach Clothing that proved to be mislabeled when tested. Saks said it pulled the mislabeled garments and Bachrach says it complied with the FTC in the matter. The trade group is especially active this holiday season given the prevalence of cashmere and the rise of luxury goods, as evidenced by the $19.99 cashmere scarf at Target, which was confirmed genuine in a test of its fibers. []

Some tips:

*When shopping for cashmere or cashmere blend garments, check the loop labels and hang tags for cashmere percentage. Sometimes retailers use sleeve hang tags that read “Cashmere” or Cashmere blend”, but the garments only have 10% or less cashmere.

*Some manufacturers use the term pashmina to describe an ultra fine cashmere fiber; others use the term to describe a blend of cashmere and silk. The label should say 100% Cashmere or All Cashmere. – if it says 100% Pashmina it’s likely a fake as pashmina is not a fiber recognized by the Wool Act or regulations.



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