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Castanea Curates…meaningful gifts for Mother’s Day
Making someone feel important by gifting them something special makes me feel just as good as it does them, so I love occasions that warrant a token of appreciation. Cashmere, of course, is my go-to gift for the people I care about because, to me, it’s not simply the present of a beautiful item of clothing. The sentiment behind a gift of cashmere is one of self-care and self-worth. Presenting someone with a luxury item that has been designed with love and made with an assiduous attention to detail says an awful lot about the value you place on them and the friendship or relationship you enjoy.

For Mother’s Day, especially, cashmere is always my gift of choice, and Castanea’s spring/summer collection feels particularly appropriate this year because I designed it to evoke those soothing and heartwarming feelings we associate with home. When we’re at home, we tend to feel our most relaxed and content. We’re often at our most confident too, and the same could be said when we’re with our mums. Mothers are our greatest supporters and champions, and I think those comforting feelings of home, which we cherish, are intrinsically tied up with how we feel about the women who raised us.

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Fira cashmere cardigan

They deserve the very best on their special day, and one of my favourite picks for Mother’s Day is the Fira Cashmere Zip Cardigan in Jute. It’s a style that is ageless, with its casual zip-front design and elegant pointelle detailing & puff sleeve. It comes in a warm neutral shade of Jute, which makes it a wonderfully easy piece to layer for maximum wearability. It also has an oversized collar so it can be worn as a high-neck sweater when zipped up, or as a fluid cardigan when unzipped, imbuing the garment with several different ‘personalities’. Your mum will have no trouble finding ways to wear this stunning forever piece.

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Niamhs Cashmere Cardigan

Of course, March is optimum cardigan-wearing weather too, isn’t it? It’s that time of year when it either looks warm outside, but feels cold, or vice versa. Niamhs Cashmere Cardigan in Butternut hits just the right note for these in between months of March and April in particular. It offers a modern take on the traditional Aran design, with its cable-knit detailing and grandfather silhouette, but the honeyed shade of Butternut elevates it to the status of a modern classic. Butternut is an endlessly flattering shade too.

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Pinta Cashmere Cardigan

But if your mum is more of a minimalist, she’ll love the Pinta Cashmere Cardigan in Sienna. With raglan sleeves, visible seams and horn-effect buttons, it has the subtle design details that have become Castanea’s signature, but the overall aesthetic is pared-back and subdued. This contemporary piece will prove a wardrobe stalwart and elevate any item it’s worn with.

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But whichever piece of Castanea cashmere you choose, you can be sure that the Castanea team devotes as much care to every thread, seam and stitch as you devote to choosing a gift for your mum.

To all the mothers out there, have a lovely day on Sunday.

Love Paula x

MAMMY

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