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Sep 19

Cashmere Essentials Now Stocks BLÆST Rainwear

Cashmere Essentials Now Stocks BLÆST Rainwear

Cashmere Essentials is incredibly excited to announce that we now stock BLÆST Rainwear - a Norwegian brand founded by designer Lisbeth Lillebøe for women who want to look elegant and glamorous, while staying dry in all kinds of weather.

From the first moment, BLÆST’s colourful, playful, high quality rainwear is sure to impress. BLÆST Rainwear uses superior quality technical fabrics specifically designed for outdoor use. They transform these fabrics into modern, chic clothing while maintaining all their functional qualities.

Our BLÆST range of rainwear includes the following styles:

BLÆST 508: Available in coral and black, the 508 range features taped sealed seams, a detachable, adjustable hood, zip and press button in front as well as ventilation in the sleeves to ensure you stay dry and comfortable in all conditions. The tailoring is flattering, and the simple elegance of the colour way means the jacket can be teamed with a variety of looks.

BLÆST 511: Available in coral with cross-pattering around the colour. The loose fit tailoring allows for layering, while the taped sealed seams, zip and button front and adjustable hood allow for maximum warmth and rain protection. Designed for function and aesthetics, this jacket will become a cornerstone of your wardrobe.

BLÆST 554: This parka is available in black, aqua and white and you’ll love the warmth and comfort it offers. The loose fit allows for infinite customisation of outfits, and no expense has been spared in ensuring this parka is completely water-resistant.The back split provides comfort, while adjustable sleeves allow you to respond to the conditions.

BLÆST 567: This jacket features innovative zip-placement to keep you completely dry. It is available in aqua, black, coral, white and red. A sportier cut that is perfect for activewear, while still being stylish and versatile enough to be worn as an everyday item.

BLÆST Amsterdam: Amsterdam is one of the most fashionable cities in the world, and our jackets have been inspired by its quaint, colourful style. Available in black and multi-colour, the jacket features all the functional features you can expect from our BLÆST range, including front zip, taped, sealed seams and an adjustable hood and sleeves.

BLÆST Barcelona: Barcelona is a place of relaxed glamour. Available in turquoise and black, this jacket honoursBarcelona’s reputation by offering a relaxed, tapered fit that is flattering and versatile. The jacket achieves this, while still providing the central function of keeping you warm and dry.

BLÆST Bergen: There is nothing like the Scandinavian style, and we've been inspired by minimalism and restrained elegance in the creation of our BLÆSTBergen poncho. Available in black and white, and designed for function and style with taped sealed seams, adjustable hood,Velcro on sleeves and sleeve adjustment functionality.

BLÆST Boston: These jackets are simple, yet eye-catching. You'll be completely protected from the outside elements, while still feeling your best. The Boston range has been designed with comfort in mind, and you'll love the luxury of the quilted lining andLycra cuffs.

BLÆST Tokyo: Tokyo is a courageous city when it comes to fashion. This courage had cemented it as an international fashion destination, and we have used this courage in creating our Tokyo range. Available in exciting colourways, this uniquely shaped parka is both flattering and comfortable.

If you’re looking for an alternative to bland, shapeless rainwear, you’ve found the answer in our BLÆST rainwear range.

Mar 25

Shop Online at Cashmere Essentials Brand New Website New Winter 2017 Range

Shop Online at Cashmere Essentials Brand New Website New Winter 2017 Range

The Cashmere Essentials team is excited to announce the launch of its brand new website to showcase New Season 2017 Autumn/Winter Range together with our fabulous Classics range.

Through our new site, you can view and purchase every product with just the click of a button. Each of our products has a beautiful, high-resolution image that can be easily enlarged, allowing you to view the product up-close.

Made from 100% pure cashmere, sourced directly from Inner Mongolia, all of our cashmere products effortlessly combine the beauty and durability of natural fibres, with classic, easy to wear designs. We pride ourselves on the luxurious finish of all our cashmere products, achieved through the age-old, hands-on journey from farm, to fleece, to fibre.

Our new website is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of our products to all our valued customers.

Happy Shopping!


Sep 16

I always love going to SPIN Expo

I always love going to SPIN Expo

I always love going to SPIN Expo - Bi Annual Trade Expo specialising in Textiles & Design for the Knitwear Industry. The show featured Spring/Summer 2015 and Winter/Autumn 2015/2016 designs, colours, yarns and is a source of real inspiration. My head was ‘spinning’ with ideas. I love Todd & Duncan yarns spun and dyed in Scotland (Chanel and Burberry are T&D clients) - am hoping to introduce a premium range in the new year.

Aug 25

Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

It’s been a busy week here at Cashmere Essentials. In preparation for the launch of our new Essential 2015 Range, we had an all-day photo shoot. I flew overnight from Shanghai and went to the photographers studio for a day packed full of creativity and fun as the new products were modelled and photographed. With most of the shots `in the can’ we relaxed and had fun with the huge pile of raw cashmere that I had brought back from my last trip to Inner Mongolia. 

The lovely Penny (who you can see in the photos below) modelled our brand new range for us. Hair and makeup by the gorgeous Lei. . Photographer extraordinaire, Lisa Diamond lent us her photographic brilliance for the day. And creative experts, Gloss Creative Media was on-hand for styling, advice, props, and even catering.

Since then I have clocked up many kms travelling first to Tasmania, back to Melbourne, to Lorne on Great Ocean Road and yesterday around to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island previewing the range to new and existing wholesale customers.

Our Essential 2015 Range features products that are luxuriously soft, light and warm. From luxurious polos, ponchos and pullovers to cosy cardigans, chic capes and warm scarves, our cashmere add a dash of understated elegance to any outfit. Imbued with comfort, durability and wearability, our cashmere pieces are perfect for crisp winter days, spent outdoors or, by the fire, or skiing the slopes.

New additions to our range for 2015 include a Boxy V Sweater available in three colours (Ice, Silver and Toast), so gorgeous to wear. Also the new Drape Jacket with its soft, waterfall collar and rounded edges, is perfect for relaxed weekend wearor for travelling to and from the office. We also have added a ladies top which combines leather and cashmere, an alternate to the traditional. For a more classic look, we have the new Ladies Black Jacket , a real investment piece. With its crisp, angular collar, this jacket can transition perfectly from a day in the office, to a night on the town.

Not forgetting the men out there, we also have a new the Men’s Zip Collar PulloverJumper . Stylishly casual, this pullover is perfect to wear to the office, over a shirt and tie during crisp winter weather, and looks just as smart with jeans for weekend comfort.

These are just a few samples of the new range…….for a more in depth look at our Essentaisl 2015 range, please visit our website

Aug 07

Our exciting adventure to Inner Mongolia

Our exciting adventure to Inner Mongolia

We have been very busy and successfully delivered our second Winter season range to Australian retailers including Ladies, Mens and Home products. I am personally very excited about the growth we have experienced and positive feedback from customers constantly spurs us on.

Before I share the story of our exciting adventure to Inner Mongolia last weekend, I first of all want to pay tribute to the Australian `countryside'. I know this may sound `cheesy' however over the last 12-18 months I have done many thousands of km's of driving through country NSW, VIC, TAS and SA on sales trips. Perhaps it is because I have been living in Shanghai for the last 2.5 years amongst the concrete and tall buildings however I have often been awestruck by the beauty of the Australian countryside. The scenes sometimes including wild native animals, rock formations, sunrise/sunset colours and open spaces is simply stunning.

My daughter Jennifer and I, accompanied by my friend Lily from Shanghai and her son, flew to Baotou in the province of Inner Mongolia last weekend. Inner Mongolia and its extreme dry and cold climate is where the finest high grade quality raw Cashmere is sourced in the world. Over 75% of the worlds raw cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia and where Cashmere Essentials Cashmere is from.

The small town close to where we were to visit the shepherds the next day was a 6 hour drive from Baotou. That night we were guests of the Hotel owner and his friends and enjoyed traditional Mongolian food including milk tea, dried goat, lamb, beef, pickles and black sausage.

The next morning we drove out on to the Grasslands and I did feel pangs of homesickness due to the wide open spaces and blue skies. We passed many herds of Cashmere goats. The shepherd family that we met supply the manufacturer that we will be using to produce our Winter 2015 range of garments. There were many young goats in pens that we were able to get close to and hold. They will be released on to the Grasslands at approx 4-5 months old. We also saw some goats being `combed' i.e. the fine under fleece is hand combed from the goats. This is also one of the reasons why Inner Mongolia Cashmere is best quality. Hand combing will produce longer fibre lengths (better than shearing) which is a very important quality of fine Cashmere.

We shared more milk tea in a traditional Mongol Tent and saw many tributes to Genghis Khan, a very important part of Mongol history. I want to read more about him.

After spending a lot of time learning about the goats, we visited the raw cashmere store and manufacture. We were shown each and every step in the Cashmere process, from `goat to garment'. A series of sorting, washing, spinning, dyeing and knitting steps make up the whole process.

I was very impressed with the modern knitting machines (German and Italian), clean factory environment and professionalism of the staff. One photo attached is of me trying on a Mens reversible cream cable 100% Cashmere jacket. The price tag on the retailers label (UK) was 1,295 pounds! I am looking forward to delivering similar quality garments to the Australian market but for significantly lower prices.

A delayed flight back to Shanghai which landed at 2.30am on Monday morning, didn't spoil the wonderful weekend Jennifer and I shared together.

I plan to continue to update this page with other posts and keep you informed of our journey toward Winter 2015. Please contact me at should you want to find out our current stockists.