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Behind the Design: Our New Upgraded Cariaggi Cashmere


The secret to our exceptionally soft, luxuriously warm and uniquely colored cashmere sweaters? We traveled to Cagli, Italy, to find the best yarns in the world, which led us to Cariaggi Lanificio (est. 1958).



J.CREW CASHMERE:
STEP BY STEP

At Cariaggi, cutting-edge
technology is combined with generations of Italian craftsmanship and know-how. Here, we follow our new “heather hazelnut” sweater from start to finish.


1. CASHMERE IN THE RAW


Bales of raw cashmere fibers, called “flock,” are ready for processing. Cariaggi selects only the finest fibers, which translates to an incredibly soft sweater.

2. MIX MASTERS


After the raw cashmere is dyed, it then passes through various machines to ensure the fibers are perfectly blended to create our exclusive colors. It’s then collected onto spools.

3. YOU SPIN ME ROUND


The spools are now placed onto a spinning frame, which
stretches and twists the yarn simultaneously to create resistance, elasticity and strength. The spun yarn is then collected onto cone-shaped spindles.

4. HERE COMES THE WINDUP


The spindles are placed in a spooler and wound, all while sophisticated electronic sensors inspect the fibers for any imperfections. At the end of this step, the yarn comes out
in a single “ply” (a standard yarn consists of multiple plies
of cashmere).

5. THE PAYOFF


Finally, we knit the three-ply yarns (which give our sweaters a noticeable handfeel) into our crewneck and V-neck styles, available in 12 colors this fall—including 10 that were custom-made just for us.
Photographs by Bryan Derballa.

Shop our Italian cashmere sweaters here.

Shop our men’s collection here
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