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How is Castanea Cashmere Made?

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Here at Castanea we take pride in ensuring that each of our customers receive the highest quality cashmere garments that will last a lifetime. Each of our garments go through a meticulous creation process from start to finish to deliver cashmere’s to our customers that are nothing short of pure compromised luxury.

The Yarn

We are very proud and honoured to use the finest yarn available from Scottish cashmere experts Todd & Duncan. Todd & Duncan are a world renounced yarn producer that have perfected and refined their traditional techniques over two centuries to create a cashmere yarn that piles less than any other. It is produced in their Loch Leven mill in Scotland, and is drawn on their expertise in dyeing, knitting performance, colour-matching and everything else.

“Scottish cashmere is appreciated by young and old – often passing from one generation to the next.”

– Todd & Duncan

The Design

All of our garments are designed by Castanea’s Founder and Irish Designer Paula Marron. With over a decade’s experience working with knitted cashmere and it’s this remarkable fibre that plays the central role in the brands philosophy, it is no surprise that Paula has been referred to as a ‘rising Irish cashmere queen’ by Irish Times Fashion Editor, Deirdre McQuillan.

Paula is often inspired by contemporary architecture & artists. For spring summer 2020 she was inspired by a sailing trip around the coast of Corsica. Deep azure blue winning the colour of the season inspired by the clear tropical waters of the boat only accessible waters of Piana, Corsia.

Each garment is designed for women who feel. The ethos of Castanea is ‘to make women feel strong and confident in themselves’ to feel you, to feel fierce, feel wild, feel 100% authentically you in pure luxury.  Castanea believes in minimal less but better design, with proper care our cashmeres are to last a lifetime.

The Knitting

Each of Castanea’s cashmere garments are handmade in Nepal using the most expert craftsmanship.

Each piece is individually knit to shape and linked together by hand. From beginning to end, each piece goes through a meticulous process of hand finishing, with every garment passing through a minimum of twenty experienced knitters.

 

Shop the full range of handmade 100% cashmere sweaters here.

June Newsletter

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Hello and Welcome to Castanea’s June Newsletter! This month features our June picks of the month, the winners of our latest competition, a cashmere care guide and some fashion inspiration for styling your Castanea garments.

Picks of the Month

Our favourite products this month are the Girolata sweater In Parfume, the Atriona sweater in Kola/Dayglo and the Jim sweater in Dayglo. These stunning pieces are vibrant in colour and made with 100% cashmere making them the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Design Your Own Cashmere Competition

In an attempt to encourage aspiring designers to make the most of their extra time spent at home recently, Castanea decided to create a design competition to allow designers to reflect. To use this time to draw inspiration from past experiences, movies you have loved, art you have been moved by, structures that blew you away, books you couldn’t put down.

The winning design will be made from 100% cashmere for our Spring Summer 2020 collection. It will also be showcased and New York and Paris Fashion Week and sold in partnership with our International & Irish stockist Havana Boutique, Emporium Kalu, Samui and Les Jumelles with all profits donated to charity.

We were absolutely blown away with the sheer talent and amazing designs that were entered into the competition. It was so inspiring to see everyone’s sketches, mood boards and hear the stories behind their designs. Huge congratulations to our winners Renate Murphy and Jane Ritchie, we cannot wait to bring your sketches to life.

Renate Murphy

Jane Ritchie

How to Care for Your Cashmere

Cashmere pieces are a staple in your wardrobe that you will have for life. However, cashmere does fall into the hand wash and dry clean only category and there are harsh consequences to washing your cashmere incorrectly. To ensure that you get the most out of your cashmere, follow our step by step guide on how to care for your cashmere.

See our detailed guide on how to care for your cashmere here.

The Style Edit

Our style edit will give you inspiration for styling your favourite Castanea pieces for any occasion. This week we have styled our beautiful Girolata sweater.

Check out our Instagram page for more style inspiration.

How to Care for Your Cashmere

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Cashmere pieces are a staple in your wardrobe that you will have for life. However, cashmere does fall into the hand wash and dry clean only category and there are harsh consequences to washing your cashmere incorrectly.

To ensure that you get the most out of your cashmere, follow our step by step guide on how to care for your cashmere.

Image of clothes with a bowl of water besides

Step 1. Use Cool Water

It is best to use a clean sink or basin and make sure there is no residue of cleaning products on the surface. Fill the basin with cool to tepid water and add a small amount of gentle cashmere or knitwear detergent. We recommend using Laundress cashmere shampoo, Ecover delicate, or Woolite. Briskly swirl the shampoo in the water with your hand for even distribution and to generate suds.

Step 2. Wash Your Cashmere Inside Out

When hand washing your cashmere, turn the item inside out and submerge in the water. Ensure that you do not mix any colours together. It is very important to gently message the soapy water through each fibre. Do not rub, wring or twist the fabric while washing as this can damage the garment. Set a timer and allow the garment to soak for 5-10 minutes.

Step 3. Roll Your Cashmere

The next step is to drain the bowl or sink and rinse until the water runs clear. Be sure to use the same temperature water as you used to wash. Do not wring or twist your cashmere to remove excess water. Instead, lay the item out on a towel, gently roll it up (as seen in the picture) and lightly press it. Remove the sweater from the towel and reshape by hand. Lay the cashmere on a dry clean towel and let it air dry. Button up cardigans and pull pockets straight. Your cashmere should be kept away from heat sources like radiators and sunlight, allowing it to air-dry naturally.

Step 4. Fold Your Cashmere

Once your cashmere is dry, it must be folded carefully. It can be gently steamed to remove any creases, but an iron should never be laid flat on cashmere. If possible, we recommend that you wrap your cashmere in acid-free tissue paper. This preserves the original colour and protects your cashmere against damp and dust. Cashmere garments should be stored in a well-aired area that is dust free and covered away from sunlight.

Cashmere Tips

Tip 1. How to avoid Moths

Moths love cashmere and they are particularly attracted to the natural oils we produce when wearing our cashmere. They love our dirty clothes, so to keep the dreaded moths away we recommend hand washing your sweaters regularly. It is also recommended to line your chosen storage area with fragranced anti-moth paper. If you are storing your cashmere in a wardrobe, invest in some cedar balls or scented sachets.

Tip 2: How to prevent Pilling

Cashmere is a fine fibre and pilling will happen depending on the amount of wear and your cashmere experiences. This is not symptomatic of inferior quality, but rather an inevitable consequence of the careful processing of this fine fibre. To prevent pilling avoid any rubbing motions with your handbag & purses. Also try to keep your knits away from jewellery as it can cause snags.

Pilling can easily be removed using a de-bobbling comb or even a standard razor, though you need to be very careful not to cut the fabric if doing so.

Your Castanea cashmere is a garment for life that improves with age if cared for properly. Find out more about our cashmere garments in our recent blog post ‘Will Cashmere…’ which answers our most frequently asked questions. 

Have a look at our current range of luxury cashmere garments to add to your wardrobe.

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Will Cashmere…

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At Castanea we are aware of the daily struggles we are all going through. We are experiencing a rollercoaster of mixed emotions. Anxiety, denial however at the core we remain hopeful as we know our unsung heroes are out there doing their very best for us.

As you’re spending so much time at home we suggest it’s time to dig out your old cashmere jumpers and bring them back to some new life. Cashmere sweaters and jumpers are so comforting & if it’s only for a short period that’s what we need right now.

We though you would bring you our top 5 “Will Cashmere…”
and we hope this will shed some more light on the most frequently asked questions we get here at Castanea & help you bring new life to your cashmeres. 

1. Will Cashmere Shrink after washing?

Yes, it will, but only if washed improperly, heat is the main culprit, if cashmere clothing encounters any hot water, it will shrink significantly! Always hand wash your cashmere clothes in cold water with a mild detergent. Cashmere can also be dry cleaned but our personal favourite is a cold hand wash.

2. Will Cashmere keep me warm?

Yes. Oh my god yes. Cashmere is an amazing insulator, about three times as insulating as Sheep’s wool. However it does also depend on the ‘weight’ of the cashmere garment, heavier weights will be more appropriate for winter, while lighter weights can be used year around. Castanea offers up to 6ply (meaning 6 ends of yarn) cashmere for the winter months & 2ply for spring summer!

3. Will moths destroy my cashmere?

Moths are one of Cashmeres worst nightmares. These little critters love creating holes in your favourite cashmere clothes. They’re attracted to the protein in the cashmere fibers, as well as human oils! We recommend always keeping your cashmere washed and cleaned regularly & wrapped in tissue or breathable cotton bag in your wardrobe with some cedar balls.

4. Will cashmere stretch?

It shouldn’t, unless stored & washed improperly. To prevent stretching, Cashmere should never be hung & should be laid flat after washing & storing for the best longevity.

5. Will my cashmere fade?

Do not dry in direct sunlight as this will fade your beautiful sweater. Your cashmere should not fade otherwise and if it does, get a refund!

Read our Guide to Care for your Cashmere here.

 

Shop our beautiful limited edition Katie cashmere sweater

 

Available While Stocks Last!

Shop the full collection here.

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St Patrick’s Day and Irish Design

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Did you know the original colour of St Patrick’s Day was actually blue?

The green colour is actually influenced by our American friends, who took on St Patrick’s day, and associated it with Ireland’s most common colour, Green! 

Here at Castanea, we believe in celebrating the new & the old.  

Through our quality and attention to detail, we honour everything Irish.

And in celebrating the old, we have the Janie sweater. Constructed from 100% Cashmere, a beautiful super-soft fitted sweater with tonal ribbed cuffs made in a beautifully soft Glaciar & Ocean blues. The front has simple perforated details with a time-honoured loose rolled hem finish. It’s easy, it’s unique & above all it’s comfortable. 

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International Women’s Day

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In our opinion, every day should be Women’s day. However, we use the cards we are dealt, so this March 8th, remind yourself of your beautiful femininity by wrapping yourself in a truly luxurious piece of Castanea cashmere. We are delighted to introduce our brand new Spring/Summer collection that is bound to have you feeling chic, casual, cool & the main thing feeling yourself this Women’s day. 

‘Mary’s Cashmere hoodie’ comes to mind.  It’s named after Mary an avid beekeeper. Her hard work and determination for quality define this piece, as we wanted to uphold these qualities and thus, the ‘Mary’s Cashmere hoodie’ was created. It’s crafted in 100% Cashmere in a lightweight honeycomb knit structure, directly inspired by beehives. 

It’s in a beautiful Estate blue, complemented with a soft-melange Glacier blue too. It’s a super soft relaxed fit hoodie, with a modern stripe up the side to give a side of modernity to a time-honoured design. 

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Celine Purslane Cashmere Sweater

Castanea Promise To You

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At Castanea, we believe that women are amazing. They’re powerful, unstoppable forces, all while moving and existing with a beautiful femininity about them. We exist to help women feel themselves, their beautiful, unique selves. That’s why we here at Castanea only use the best high-quality European yarns available to us, in the hope that we can help women everywhere feel comfortable whether it’s wrapped up in front of a fire in these cold early months or when they’re busy doing the day to day jobs.  Read More

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat a loved one (or yourself) to a fabulous gift from Castanea. Give the gift of luxury this year. A Castanea Cashmere is the ultimate luxurious gift that keeps on giving & will last for years to come. 

Here at Castanea, we believe that self-love is what’s important. Why not celebrate you this Valentine’s Day?

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Paula Marron- Founder of Castanea

Who is Castanea?

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Castanea is an Irish design shop that offers premium cashmere clothing company, we consist of a small team led by our gallant leader, Paula Marron.  We believe in quality, femininity, and putting in the hours to deliver high-quality products that you love before you even take it out of the box.

Paula Marron- Founder of Castanea

Paula Marron – Founder of Castanea

Our name comes from Paula’s last name, Marron, meaning sweet chestnut in many different languages throughout the world, then Paula threw a Latin twist on it, landing on CASTANEA.  Read More