Brora - the sale is on!

(41 Posts)
Euphemia Thu 03-Jan-13 12:59:21

I just bagged myself this beauty in Sapphire.

I have a few of their cardis now and they are just the best. smile

AnnieMated Thu 03-Jan-13 13:01:47

Still an awful lot for a seriously plain cardigan...

Euphemia Thu 03-Jan-13 13:03:46

Oh but they're not plain! They're soft and light and warm and gorgeous! They last much better than cheaper items, too.

AnnieMated Thu 03-Jan-13 13:11:11

Not sure there are many mums on here who'd be proud of bagging a cardigan for a 'mere' £169...

Annianni Thu 03-Jan-13 13:17:18

Nice cardigan op.

This is s&b, we're allowed to talk about nice things in here smile

AnnieMated Thu 03-Jan-13 13:20:14

Oh I agree; there's nice though and then there's ludicrously expensive. £169 FOR A CARDI? Has the world gone mad?

cardoon Thu 03-Jan-13 13:21:34

Love them too phemi, I usually treat myself to a little something in the final clearance.....

Euphemia Thu 03-Jan-13 13:25:38

I work bloody hard so that I can treat myself to these things once a year - I'm sure there are things you spend money on that I wouldn't. smile Each to her own.

dexter73 Thu 03-Jan-13 14:36:34

I have loads of a few jumpers and cardies from Brora - they are ace!

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 03-Jan-13 14:38:41

Beautiful cardigan - I do think brora is fab quality and if you get tired of it then it goes for £££ on ebay - every very old stuff.

IwantaPetFox Thu 03-Jan-13 14:42:45

Ooh thanks for this OP I will be having a look later!

£169 for a cardi may seem expensive, but it's going to look as good as new for years and years and will keep you very warm. My grandma has cashmere jumpers and silk blouses that she's been wearing for 30 years, and they are in near perfect condition! You can't really say that for the usual cheap acrylic ones you get on the high street these days, which can look saggy and bobbly within six months.

faustina Thu 03-Jan-13 14:46:48

it isn't ludicrously expensive at all. It's the same price you'd pay for three cheap cashmere cardigans which would fall apart quickly, and not be as nice in the first place. Also made in the UK etc etc. Enjoy it Euphemia!

Zwitterion Thu 03-Jan-13 14:52:29

Had a look this morning, but the things I want aren't discounted. I love their stuff. Have a gorgeous thick wool Shetland cardigan from a couple of years ago that is so warm, and gets loads of compliments.

Gloves are great too, beautifully warm and soft and still look like new despite being a) cream, and b) worn for 2 winters c) grabbed by grubby toddlers for 2 winters.

Lovely choice OP

Euphemia Thu 03-Jan-13 14:52:40

Ooh I will! When I wear my other ones I stroke my arms all day for comfort. smile

EmpressMaud Thu 03-Jan-13 14:55:37

The knitwear is especially lovely, and lasts so well too.

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 03-Jan-13 14:55:42

I wish they'd done more colours in the plain crew neck jumper. I'd really like pale grey but they haven't done it

IwantaPetFox Thu 03-Jan-13 14:56:10

I love their ribbed cashmere socks - not impressed with the paltry £4 discount though!

higgle Thu 03-Jan-13 15:01:19

Thanks for reminding me! There are some nice things but I have to wait for further reductions before I can buy. Their cardigans are reasonable at £169 because everything you buy from Brora is so perfect - I'd rather have 3 or 4 of their cardis than the £1000 bags that everyone on here seems to own.

I have some Brora wristwarmers and a little scarf with pom poms on that I'm sure I'll still be wearing to keep me warm in a care home when I'm 90.

Snowkey Thu 03-Jan-13 15:12:15

Have just bought 2 v neck cardigans - only sale purchase this year.

faustina Thu 03-Jan-13 16:37:13

Mrs CB have you had a look at the Jcrew cashmere? There is plenty in pale grey there and it's the same quality. I think their sale code might still be active too

AuldAlliance Thu 03-Jan-13 18:23:14

What is their sizing like?

knitknack Thu 03-Jan-13 18:44:12

I think it's a sign of how little we pay for 'normal' clothing - Brora clothes are made (sometimes even hand knitted!) in the UK... these are 'proper' prices for beautiful cashmere clothing.

Yama Thu 03-Jan-13 18:48:17

Sizing is very big. My size dwarfs me so I'd go one down.

Gingersnap88 Thu 03-Jan-13 19:02:50

I'm very tempted by the cord trousers in the sale, the high waisted ones. But can't decide if they'd suit my post baby body (size 12) now that my waist isn't as defined.. Thoughts? grin

teta Thu 03-Jan-13 19:41:56

I do think Brora are worth it as the clothes are such good quality.I have had some of their lace thermal t shirts for several years and they still look perfect.Though,i do always buy in the sale as i can't afford the high prices normally.I have bought a few items in the clearance sale so far-pigeon cable cashmere wristwarmers and 2 thermal lace edged tops and a cashmere stripy scarf that appeared briefly in the clearance section yesterday[i have wanted a cashmere stripy light weight scarf for ages].So am happy.

RedwingWinter Thu 03-Jan-13 20:25:02

Euphemia that's a lovely colour. I've just ordered one in the Berry. I definitely think Brora are worth it as the quality is so good - I have cardigans that have lasted for years and still look nice (not old).

Does Brora tend to make further deductions as the sale goes on then?

AuldAlliance Thu 03-Jan-13 21:21:05

Thanks.
Have ordered a cardigan and shirt for the summer. Hope they fit...

faustina Thu 03-Jan-13 21:22:33

MakeTea - yes they do, and they also add things currently not reduced.

FreshLeticia Thu 03-Jan-13 23:22:03

I had a delivery today, so excited but can't look properly until DH goes to work daylight tomorrow morning.
I got round-neck crop cardis in wisteria and pale green. I also ordered a Peter Hahn long cashmere wrap cardi which looks fab.
Mine were all way less than half price.
Posters on here are right, cashmere will last for years and years. I have recently passed two in light and dark grey to my DD1 aged 18 as she is a mere size 8/10 and those ones no longer fit my mature boobage. My DM also passed a pink one on to her which is slightly big but still fine. She is delighted and will treasure them. Cashmere is very special and a wardrobe investment, well worth saving up for good stuff.
Having said that, I can also thoroughly recommend Woolovers www.woolovers.com/home.aspx, their 70% merino and 30% cashmere fine knits are very good, affordable and hard-wearing and machine-washable too.
Hth

Arisbottle Thu 03-Jan-13 23:24:31

Thankyou have ordered some basics.

I seem to remember from last year that it was the end of Jan before discounts really kicked in. Worth the wait as I think the quality is second to none. I have 3 of their tops bought for £15-20 each and they still look fab. Sick of spending £30-£50 here and there on cardigans which look rubbish in 6 months. The cashmere colours are so beautiful, very rich & with shades rather than flat colour. I wear my scarf nearly every day for 6 months of the year, worth every penny.

Euphemia Fri 04-Jan-13 10:05:22

I've played the waiting game and lost before! I loved the colour of that cardi so I decided to bloody well get it. smile

It is lovely Euphemia. I would love to buy a cardigan but hoping to lose some more weight before I invest. I usually like several of the wristwarmer/scarf/hat colours and will risk waiting. Especially as the hat I like not in the sale yet hmm I got a beanie 2 years ago and it's so gorgeous but need another colour.

prelim29 Mon 07-Jan-13 19:34:37

Brora usually have further reductions after 2-3 weeks of sale but as *Euphemia says, if you wait you might miss out on the one item you had your eye on! The sale is genuine stuff from the current season and the quality is just amazing. All the cashmere is ethically sourced and the garments are made in Scotland. The Shetland and mohair jumpers are also from Scotland and the colours, as someone pointed out have such depth, they're not 'flat' colours as you might find in cheaper, Chinese-made cashmere. A good quality piece from Brora will last for years, it's not about fashion, it's about style and longevity. In addition, all the non-knitwear pieces are beautiful silks, cotton or jersey pieces, many in Liberty prints and mostly manufactured in the UK. The prices are extremely good value if you consider a dress from Boden, for example, would be just under £100 and manufactured in China, a dress from Brora in Liberty print jersey may cost £30-£40 more but will be made in England. I'm a convert and would much rather buy fewer quality pieces from Brora that will wash well and last for years than a dozen things from Boden whose quality I have come to doubt.

MooseyMoo Mon 07-Jan-13 20:52:08

Thank you FreshLeticia just bought a couple a long v neck cardis from Woolovers in merino and cashmere blend. If you go through Quidco you get 10% cashback at the moment.

LifeofPo Mon 07-Jan-13 20:56:58

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alliscalm Tue 08-Jan-13 17:35:52

It is definitely worth paying for cashmere, I have a seven year old ribbed hoodie that I got in the final days of Bloomingdales sale in late February for about £60. Still perfect ... apart from the pesky moth holes. Try as we might, they keep coming back. Because of that I would rather pay for merino these days - those critters can live on cheaper food.

prelim29 Tue 08-Jan-13 18:29:28

alliscalm moths love cashmere but they also love pure wool. They won't go away unless you take drastic measures. If you are still noticing moth holes in clothing you can do the following which usually banishes the blighters:
Put all moth eaten garments in plastic bags and place in the freezer overnight. This will kill any moth eggs.
Remove garments from freezer and wash in a gentle handwash cashmere shampoo.
Store cashmere and wool garments in plastic zip storage bags (from John Lewis) to prevent moths from getting at them.
There is a place in London, I think it's called the Cashmere clinic where they will mend moth holes I believe.
If you have moth holes in your wool carpet, however, you have an infestation and need to call specialist people in to fumigate!!
Hope this helps.

alliscalm Tue 08-Jan-13 22:56:45

Thanks prelim, I think they are in the carpets...will have to find specialists

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