As you’re spending so much time at home we have decided to create a design competition for all you aspiring designers at home with some time to reflect. A 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. Read More
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!
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.
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.
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 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?
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
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
This is the Escaltura 2, 1977 – 2007 by Ascanio MMM. We were immediately drawn to the modern linear twists & turns, therefore this lead to the design of one of our best sellers for the season. The Thapa sweater. Read More
Here at Castanea we think anything in cashmere makes a super special gift any woman won’t forget in a hurry. It really is a gift that keeps giving! The fiesta red coloured sweaters & accessories are the obvious choice for a truly festive & luxurious gift.
However if you want to splurge we recommend the Liza sweater. It is crafted from a super soft mid-weight knit with voluminous waffle puffed upper sleeves that lead into chunky ribbed cuffs, and features a high turtle neck & thick luxurious cardigan stitch body.
We are delighted to see the gorgeous new mum Vogue Williams wearing the Edel cashmere sweater for a recent outing with her new husband Spencer Matthews & new baby Theodore. Vogue is a champion supporter of Irish knitwear. Thanks, Vogue.