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Christmas Gift Guide: For Him

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This year Castanea has launched their first menswear cashmere collection: Mr. Castanea. The Mr.Castanea collection comes just in time for Christmas. Treat the special man in your life to something extra special this year. Here are some of our top Christmas Gifts for him this year:

Christmas Gifts For Him: A Cashmere Sweater

Here at the Castanea HQ, we went on a design expedition for the perfect men’s cashmere sweater when we created The Pip Man. The Pip is a timeless classic sweater with a twist featuring a round neck, ribbed hem and cuffs, and engineered elbow patches for added durability. The Pip is a sweater for any occasion, the cashmere brings outstanding insulating qualities whilst remaining cloud-like soft. Available in three beautiful variations.

Christmas Gifts For Him: Cashmere Gift Set

The K2 cashmere set is the perfect gift for that someone special this Christmas consisting of our Everest scarf and Hillary hat.

The Everest is the perfect luxury cashmere scarf. It is spun from 100% super soft 2ply cashmere & features directional ribbing in a beautiful lofty cardigan stitch. This scarf is a true winter staple, loop it around the neck to lock in warmth and comfort. Inspired by Edmund Hillary, the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. The Hillary beanie hat is constructed from 100% cashmere, it features a thick ribbed cardigan stitch yet remains super soft on the skin. A classic go-to hat that you will have for years to come.

Christmas Gift Guide - Shop local

As always we have included some of our favourite Irish brands and boutiques where you can purchase some extra special gifts this Christmas. It is so important to shop local and support small businesses this Christmas. Here our some amazing Irish brands for luxury gifting inspiration for all the wonderful men in your life.

For more men’s luxury gifting inspiration visit our Instagram page.

Christmas Gift Guide: For You

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This year we all deserve something a little special. We have put together our Christmas Gift Guide: For You to give you some luxury gift ideas for yourself or that special someone in your life. All Castanea cashmere pieces are designed to last. We believe in buying less but buying better. These are pieces that will be with you for years to come and get even better with age.

Christmas Gift Ideas – For You

Castanea cashmere sweaters are wardrobe staples that can dress up or down any outfit while never compromising on style or comfort. Feel effortlessly stylish in 100% cashmere this Christmas. Here are some of our gift ideas this Christmas for you to treat yourself:

Atriona Cashmere Sweater

The Atriona cashmere sweater is a Castanea classic. Made from two tone 100% cashmere, this sweater features a crew neck and relaxed fit.

Dress this classic sweater up with a silk midi skirt or wear with your favourite denims for a casual look this Christmas.

Nikki Cashmere Sweater

The Nikki cashmere sweater is the perfect winter roll neck. It is crafted from 100% cashmere to a soft handle.

Layer it under your winter coat to add style and elegance to your winter evening outfits.

 

June Cashmere Cardigan

The June cashmere cardigan in stunning lochan colour is a great way to brighten up your wardrobe this winter.

Add elegance to any outfit with the sophisticated luxe silhouette and cloud light scarf detail neckline.

Girolata Cashmere Sweater

The Girolata cashmere sweater has a relaxed fit and features a ribbed neck and wide ribbed cuffs for a luxurious finish. 

Style with relaxed joggers for an off-duty loungewear look while looking effortlessly chic.

Shop our full range of cashmere sweaters here.

Christmas Gift Sets - For You

Our luxurious cashmere scarves and beanies make the perfect gift set. Keep warm on your winter walks or add a pop of colour to your outfit with our stunning beanies and scarves made from 100% cashmere. Wrapped in Castaneas stunning Christmas gift wrap, these gift sets are a great way to treat yourself this Christmas.

Shop our full range of cashmere accessories here.

Christmas Gift Guide - Shop local

As always we have included some of our favourite Irish brands and boutiques where you can treat yourself to some extra special gifts this Christmas. It is so important to shop local and support small businesses this Christmas. Here our some amazing Irish brands for luxury gifting inspiration.

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

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Looking for an extra special gift this year? Not to worry we have put together a Castanea Christmas Gift Guide: For Her filled with luxury gift ideas. Cashmere truly is a luxurious gift that nobody will forget in a hurry. As Castanea cashmere pieces are designed to be timeless wardrobe staples that get even better with age, they really are a gift that keeps on giving. 

In a year where people are enjoying the simpler things in life and spending more time in the comfort of their own home, why not treat them to the ultimate comfort: cashmere. 

Christmas Gift Ideas – For Her

A cashmere sweater is the perfect gift for any woman in your life this year. Add some luxury into their everyday life. From winter walks to working from home a cashmere sweater can bring luxury, comfort and style to their day to day wardrobe. Here are some of our gift ideas this Christmas: 

Brook Cashmere Hoodie

Our Brook cashmere hoodie is luxury loungewear at its finest. This hoodie is made from a whopping 6 PLY meaning it has triple the cashmere of our other sweaters, It can be worn like / has the insulation of a coat.

This luxurious hoodie will definitely add comfort and style to that special someone’s wardrobe this winter.

June Cashmere Cardigan

The June cashmere cardigan is a timeless classic that will never go out of style.

It is crafted from 100% super soft cloud like cashmere and features a scarf detail neckline. It comes with a matching cashmere belt, however you can team it with refined neutral separates & add your favourite leather belt for a polished look. 

Edel Cashmere Sweater

The Edel cashmere sweater is ultimate luxury at its best. The stunning oversized waffle knit sweater is a true winter staple that will be worn year after year.

It has super long sleeves which lead to tonal sleeve straps that can be tied for a final modern feminine touch.  

This sweater has been spotted on some of the most stylish women including Financial Times How To Spend It Editor Jo Ellison and Vogue Williams.

Buzz Cashmere Sweater

Our sell-out Buzz cashmere sweater is now back in stock just in time for Christmas. 

Relaxed and playful, the Buzz sweater is crafted from light mid weight honeycomb texture 100% cashmere. 

This sweater can be dressed up with a midi skirt or can be worn dressed down for athleisure wear.

 

Shop our full range of cashmere sweaters here.

Christmas Gift Guide - Shop local

This year it is more important than ever to shop local and support small businesses during these difficult times. Luckily we are spoilt for choice here in Ireland and are surrounded by so many amazing brands and boutiques that offer the most beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones. We have included some of our favourite Irish brands and boutiques in this years Christmas gift guide: 

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It’s Cashmere Day!

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Happy Cashmere Day! We are celebrating all things cashmere and have a special discount of 15% off all New In cashmere pieces for this weekend only. Just use the code ‘NewIn15’ at checkout. Treat yourself to a luxurious Castanea piece this season that will last for years to come. We have been reflecting on what exactly it is that makes cashmere so amazing and here are our top favourite things about cashmere: 

1. Cashmere lasts forever

When you purchase high quality cashmere pieces they will last for years to come. If cared for properly, cashmere garments will get softer with each wash and will hold up impeccably over the years. Like all women, cashmere gets better with age.

Use our Cashmere Care Guide to ensure you are washing your cashmere correctly and get the most wear out of your garments.

2. Cashmere can be worn all year round

Cashmere is our favourite thing to wear in Summer, Winter and everything in between. It is as comfortable to wear on a summer afternoon as it is on a frosty winter morning as it is lightweight but incredibly warm. Cashmere fibres are extremely thin meaning a sweater produced from 100% cashmere may look thin but is an excellent thermal layer.

3. Cashmere is an ethical fashion choice

Animal welfare, sustainability and traceability are the three pillars of the cashmere industry’s ethical sourcing initiatives. All Castanea’s garments are made using the best cashmere yarns we can find. We seek out companies that work in partnership with approved de-hairers & encourage sustainable herding and grazing practices.

A cashmere garment is a garment for life and by purchasing high quality garments that can be worn year after year you are positively contributing to the slow fashion movement.

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4. Cashmere makes the perfect gift

What better way to treat a loved one (or yourself) than to a luxurious cashmere garment that they will have for year. Cashmere accessories such as hats and scarfs are a beautiful gift idea and can be paired together to create extra luxurious gift sets.

5. Castanea cashmere is unisex

Castanea has unisex cashmere sweaters that can be worn by men and women. The beautiful Pip Man sweater is a slim fit sweater for men or can be worn as a women’s oversized sweater.

Caring for your Cashmere

Caring for your cashmere is very important to ensure that your cashmeres stay with you for as long as possible, and if cared for properly your cashmere pieces will get even better with age. We have put together this Cashmere Care Guide to help you. Follow the guide step by step to ensure that you get the most out of your favourite cashmere pieces.

Cashmere Style Inspiration

It is no doubt that this season is very different to our usual Autumn Winter months. Instead of getting dressed up for Christmas parties and nights out we are embracing outdoor dining, long walks and relaxing at home. We have you covered for the latest style inspiration on embracing our new normal and making sure that you are warm and comfortable this Winter. Here are some of our favourite cashmere looks for this season.

Share your Cashmere Story…

We want to hear from our amazing Castanea customers what it is that they love about cashmere. Head over to our Instagram @castanea_official and share your cashmere story with us. You could have gotten it as a memorable gift or treated yourself to a luxury piece from Castanea, either way we want to know what you love most about your cashmere collection. Tag us in your cashmere pictures and use #MyCastanea

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October Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to Castanea’s October newsletter. We have lots of new cashmere pieces, Autumn Winter style tips and sweater weather outfit inspiration to share with you this month.

New In

We have added new styles, colours and sizes to our current Autumn Winter collection. Here are some of our beautiful new pieces that have been designed and curated just for you.

As the weather is getting colder and our Summer wardrobes are being swapped out for Autumn Winter styles, we have put together some of our top tips to take your wardrobe from Summer to Autumn and to help you make more sustainable fashion choices this season. Here are some of our top tips:

1.Pair a matching scarf and sweater to create a modern twin set.

Layer a scarf and sweater over your Summer dresses for a new lease of life.

2.Layer up for Autumn

As the weather is still unpredictable layering allows you to take layers off or add more as the weather changes.

3.Invest in a statement coat

A statement coat worn over a chunky cashmere sweater is one of our favourite Autumn Winter looks, not to mention is so warm and comfortable.

4.Add deeper colours

Mixing deep khakis, browns, navy’s and blacks with your summer stables creates a beautiful Autumn look.

5.Wrap up in a cardigan 

A wrap cardigan can add additional layers to a Summer dress or skirt making it perfect to wear this Autumn.

See the full blog post here. 

Autumn Winter Style Inspiration

As always we are bringing you weekly style inspiration over on our Instagram page. We must admit that sweater weather is our favourite time of the year and we absolutely love wrapping up in our cosy cashmeres. Here is one of our latest style edits that was inspired by Olivia Palermo.

For more weekly Autumn Winter style inspiration visit our Instagram page.

Cashmere Day is coming!

Cashmere Day is on the 23rd of October and we are celebrating all the things we love about cashmere. We will be sharing tips on how to style cashmere, how to wash your cashmere properly, the difference in quality to look out for and more. We might even have a gift instore for all the cashmere lovers!

We want to hear your cashmere story @castanea_official. Share with us your cashmere experience and what it is that you love about it. Use the #mycastanea

 

Dark grey cashmere seater and scarf set

Style Guide: Take your wardrobe from Summer to Autumn

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As we are coming into the colder months and new Autumn Winter lines are hitting the shelves, it can be tempting to ditch your summer wardrobe and buy a whole new wardrobe for the new season. Here at Castanea, we are always looking for ways to be more sustainable in our fashion choices and we believe in buying less but buying better. By investing in high quality products, this allows us to wear our pieces across each season year on year. Although investment pieces may appear more expensive, in the long run the cost per wear ends up incredibly low. 

Here are some of our top tips for taking your wardrobe from Summer to Autumn:

1. Modern twin set

One of our favourite ways to wear our comfy cashmere sweaters is over dresses and skirts. Layer a scarf and sweater over your Summer dresses for a new lease of life. 

Here we added our Girolata cashmere sweater and scarf in flannel to a beautiful summer dress to transform the outfit and add warmth.

Dark grey cashmere seater and scarf set

2. Layer up for Autumn

Not only is a layering look fashion forward this season but it is also very functional. As the weather is still unpredictable layering allows you to take layers off or add more as the weather changes. 

Pair our Orla’s Blanket cashmere scarf and Marc cashmere hat in Artichoke with your favourite sweater to complete this look.

3. Invest in a statement coat

If you invest in a statement coat for the Autumn Winter months, it will be with you for years to come. A statement coat worn over a chunky cashmere sweater is one of our favourite Autumn Winter looks, not to mention is so warm and comfortable. Rather than buying several new coats each season invest in one statement coat that will dress up any outfit day or night.

Here we styled our Calvi cashmere hoodie with a beautiful Irish tweed coat from The Landskein for a comfortable office look.

4. Add deeper colours

Adding deeper colours to your Summer wardrobe is a great way to transition your wardrobe to Autumn while still keeping some of your favourite pieces. Mixing deep khakis, browns, navys and blacks with your summer stables creates a beautiful Autumn look. 

We added our Fini cashmere sweater with a leather belt to add depth to one of our maxi skirts we wore throughout the Summer months. 

5. Wrap up in a Cardigan

Cardigans are huge on the runway this season, they are also perfect to wear over some of your favourite Summer pieces. A wrap cardigan can add additional layers to a Summer dress or skirt making it perfect to wear this Autumn.

Here we added our June cashmere cardigan to a pair of our Summer jeans to make it more suitable for Autumn Winter.

Our number one style tip when entering a new season is to invest in high quality products that will last for years to come and you won’t end up replacing the next season. Taking this approach results in building a wardrobe of staple products that are high quality and positively contributes to the slow fashion movement.

See our full Autumn Winter Collection here.

Black cashmere cardigan with belt

September Newsletter

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Back to Work

Welcome to our September newsletter. After a very unusual Summer this year, we are adjusting to our new back to work routines. According to Jo Ellison, Financial Times Associate Editor September is the new January and feels like the most significant reset of the year. September is the perfect time to dive into new projects, kick-start a new reading list and brings the opportunity of a new clean slate. 

Here are some of our favourite Back to Work pieces to wear this September

Style Reset

Not only does September bring the opportunity for a fresh start, it is also the time to pack away our Summer wardrobes and get ready for the colder Autumn Winter months. September is the perfect time to hit reset and infuse our wardrobes with new colours, textures and styles to enter into the new season. Read our latest blog post on Autumn Winter 2020 Trends for some new season style inspiration. 

Upgrade your wardrobe this season with a unique Castanea cashmere that can be worn time and time again and will be a staple piece for seasons to come. Here are some of our top picks:

Spotlight on Accessories

As we transition into the colder Autumn Winter months cashmere accessories are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Layer your cashmere for added warmth and experience ultimate comfort all day long in one of our luxury scarves made from 100% cashmere.

Autumn Winter Style Inspiration

As always, we will be bringing you style inspiration for your new Autumn Winter wardrobe over on our Instagram page each week. Tune in every Friday to see how we style each piece from Castanea’s Autumn Winter collection. Our most recent style edit featured our June Cardigan. Cardigans are huge this season and are a great way to transition some of your favourite Summer pieces into Autumn. Our June cardigan features a chic and timeless silhouette that can be worn all year round.

The full Castanea Autumn Winter 2020 collection is available now.

Grey cashmere oversized scarf

Style Guide: Autumn Winter 2020 Trends

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As we move into the next season, we are taking a look at the top Autumn Winter 2020 trends that are all over the runway. From neutral colour combinations to dramatic sleeves and silhouettes, there is something for everyone this year. 

Back to Black

If last season was a total whiteout, where a number of key designers chose to show head-to-toe white, then come Autumn Winter, it’s back to black. This season we can see black on black all over the runway.

Our June cardigan demonstrates a sophisticated luxe silhouette whilst embracing this theme.

Arm Drama

As highlighted by Vogue UK it is all about the sleeves this season. With this Autumn Winter in many ways more toned down in terms of colour, texture and print than the past, there was one way that designers chose to embrace drama and that was through strong silhouettes, which we saw lots of statement sleeves and exaggerated shoulders. 

Our Edel sweater features a beautiful long luxurious turtle neck, dropped shoulders that accentuate the oversized modern silhouette. It has super long sleeves which lead to tonal sleeve straps that can be tied for a final modern feminine touch.

50 Shades of Grey

One of our favourite Autumn Winter trends that is having a major moment right now is grey. The neutral hue dominated the runways in head-to-toe looks. The shade came in various fabrics, lengths, and silhouettes, from suits to chunky knits and striking overcoats. The key to the tonal look is mixing various shades and fabrics within your ensemble. Get this look by adding a cosy grey cashmere scarf to your outfit. 

We have interesting options where you can layer up to create a chic modern look. Look at the Nikki, Pip Man & Orla’s Blanket

Belted Waist

Although a cinched waist is a timeless trait, it is one that has taken a back seat due to the ever-growing trend of loose silhouettes. This Autumn Winter however, cinched waist belts are most definitely back. On the runway we saw belts wrapped around everything from knitwear to coats and everything in-between. 

Our June cardigan features cashmere belt loops. It comes with a matching cashmere belt, however you can team it with refined neutral separates & add your favorite leather belt for a polished look.

Military Olive

Deep olive-green tones were seen on an array of fabrics from suede to silk, leather and quilted textures, adding a fearless touch to ensembles. This beautiful colour one of the key Autumn Winter trends and it complements all complexions. 

Our Jack cashmere sweater is military at its best. It’s spun in a relaxed, loose silhouette with raglan sleeves, a wide elegant boat neck and ribbed double over cuff edges.

Castanea’s Autumn Winter 2020 Collection

Castanea’s new Autumn Winter 2020 collection consists of lofty hoodies, oversized sweaters, delicate cardigans and textural scarfs all made from beautiful 100% cashmere. The full collection is available now.

Style Guide: How to wear Cashmere in Summer

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“Can you wear cashmere in summer?” Is a question that we hear all the time. The properties of cashmere make it a suitable fabric to wear all year round. As we are all embracing fabulous Ireland this Summer on our staycations, cashmere is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe to take any outfit from day to night.

The Properties of Cashmere

One of the most amazing things about cashmere is the thermoregulatory properties of cashmere fibres can keep us warm in the winter while also keeping us cool in the summer. As cashmere is a natural fabric, it allows our skin to breath and it is able to maintain a consistent body temperature. This makes cashmere fabric suitable for even the hottest of summer months.

Castanea’s spring summer cashmere pieces are made from featherweight 100% cashmere making them the perfect cashmere sweater for warmer summer months. The spring summer 2020 collection 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.

Styling Summer Cashmere

Cashmere can be styled in so many ways and can really add some fabulous colours to your summer wardrobe. Here are our top five tips for styling your cashmere this summer:

  1. Wear your cashmere post-swim

    After going for swim, there is nothing cosier than popping into your cashmere sweater. The fibres will keep you nice and warm and feel so soft against your refreshed skin.

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2. Wear your cashmere over a full summer dress

Cashmere sweaters are perfect for wearing over a full summer dress when the weather is as unpredictable as it is here in Ireland. If the sun does come out, you can always pop your beautiful cashmere over your shoulders.

3. Wear your cashmere on cool summer nights

We never go on a night out without our cashmere. It is a great option to bring on summer nights as you may be sitting outside or by the sea as it gets cooler in the evenings. Pop your cosy cashmere on over any outfit for a chic summer look.

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Summer Cashmere Style Inspiration

Every week we post style edits on the Castanea Instagram page that show you how we would style our cashmere pieces this Summer. Make sure you follow @castanea_official on Instagram for the latest style inspiration and use #MyCastanea in your outfit photos.

Here our some of our recent Summer cashmere style edits

We currently have an additional 20% off all spring summer sale items. Just use the code ‘LOVEYOU20’ at checkout.

August Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to Castanea’s August Newsletter. We have lots in store for you this month including a sneak peek at our Autumn Winter 2020 Collection, some Summer style inspiration and an insight into our #MyCastanea Community and what it is all about. 

AW 2020 Collection

We are so excited to share a sneak peek of our Autumn Winter 2020 Collection with you, the full collection will be launching at the end of the month. The collection is a reflection of old Ireland with a splash of a modern New York. 

We have some beautiful waffle and honeycomb knit textures that echo the traditional techniques of old Irish knitting. However, we have added a slice of modernity with long contrast straps, beautiful ties, directional ribbing and detailed cuffs. 

Our colour pallet is rich and contemporary with some beautiful notes of the west of Ireland. Deep ink navy and blacks, khaki and artichoke greens, as we daydream of a rugged landscape that captures our hearts. We are introducing the most delicate winter white and a beautiful soft pink known as glamour, a nod to bog-rosemary, a flower native to Ireland that turns from a beautiful white to pink as it grows. 

This collection consists of lofty hoodies, oversized sweaters, delicate cardigans and textural scarfs all made from beautiful 100% cashmere.

The full Autumn Winter 2020 Collection will be available on www.castanea.ie exclusively at the end of the month. 

Summer Style Inspiration

Our latest style edit was inspired by the fabulous Louise Stokes, Owner of Loulerie Jewellery. We absolutely love Louise’s chic style and how she accessorises her outfits with the most beautiful jewellery. Our Thapa sweater is the perfect cashmere sweater for warmer summer months as it is made from featherweight 100% cashmere with beautiful silk/cashmere cuff details, making it light yet warm. Shop the Thapa here.

For more inspiration on how to style your Castanea cashmere check out our Instagram page. 

#MyCastanea

At Castanea our mission 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’.  #MyCastanea is about creating a community where women can empower each other and celebrate everything that makes us ‘feel’. We want to see you wearing your Castanea pieces and express how they make you feel when you wear them. Here are some of our gorgeous photos that have been shared in the #MyCastanea Community already.

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos @castanea_official and use #MyCastanea

Our Castanea cashmere sale continues with new styles added and further reductions. Shop our full range of cashmere sweaters here.