These pure cashmere full-finger gloves are made by a family-run Scottish brand that has been around since 1797. The company first set up shop in Elgin, near the River Lossie, which at that time powered the watermills. Today, the mineral-rich water is still used to clean and soften the raw cashmere fibers.
The process for creating these cashmere gloves begins during molting season (which can last from March until May), when Kashmir goats shed their winter coats and the wool is collected. The makers select what they judge to be the best Kashmir goat fibers and have it sent to the mills. The fibers then go through a 12-step process – from dyeing to carding to spinning to weaving to knitting and more – before the product is finished by hand.
When you first wear your new gloves, pilling may occur. This is not a defect, but simply small balls of tangled, loose fiber forming on the surface that can easily be removed with a sweater comb.
Dry clean, or hand wash according to below recommendations.
Hand wash in lukewarm water (95°F / 35°C) using a cashmere shampoo or gentle, plant-based human hair shampoo. Do not rub the gloves too much, as this may cause shrinkage and increase pilling. Rinse in cool, clean water, squeezing gently without twisting or wringing. Place in dryer for a few minutes to remove excess water, but absolutely do not tumble dry this product.
To dry, smooth the gloves back into shape according to seams. Air-dry atop a clean towel away from sunlight or direct heat from appliances. When completely dry, press lightly with a cool iron.
Since 1797, this Scottish company has been run by just two families. It offers free tours of the mills and welcomes over 130,000 visitors each year. When the brand first set up shop in Elgin, its watermills were powered by the nearby River Lossie. Today, electric powered machinery is used, but the mineral-rich water still cleans and softens the raw cashmere fibers.
The Kaufmann Mercantile Light Grey Cashmere Full-Finger Gloves are a pair of pure cashmere full-finger gloves, sourced from Kashmir goats. Knitted on the River Lossie in Scotland since 1797.
• Ribbed cuff trim for a snug fit.
• No-itch, 16-micron fiber.
• Dry clean or hand wash.
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