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I've bought cashmere from M&S, Boden and Brora over the years.
The M&S is good quality but be careful if you're at all long limbed - I'm only 5'7" and the arms are just not quite long enough. I've tried to convince myself they are because the price/quality is good but they're really not - despite my trying to stretch them every time I wash them!
Boden are not bad but mine haven't worn as well as my Brora cashmere which, though I agree is extremely £££, is really lovely and still going strong six years later (despite the fact I ignore the 'handwash only' instructions and put it in the machine on a 30 degree delicate cycle - life is too short for handwashing).
If you're interested and live anywhere near London it's worth getting on the Brora emailing list to hear about their clearance sales - they seem to have them a few times a year. Good for picking up bargains.
So would you say Boden cashmere is worth buying, Optimism? I really want something from Brora but it's too £££ so will have to wait and hope that what I want comes into the sale at an OK price. In the meantime, I am tempted by the cropped cashmere cardy that is Boden's Catch of the Day today.
I think Boden cashmere is Ok, although I'm not lucky enought to have Brora (yet!). I have had three of the cropped cardigans and they have washed very well. They go a bit bobbly to start with but if you persevere with the little shaver machine thingyies you can get, they do sort themselves out. Just give them a bit of respect - but I do wash mine in the machine.
Yes, I would say Boden is worth buying. I have two of their cropped cardigans and I have worn and washed them a lot. The 'cuffs' have stretched a bit/gone baggy, if you know what I mean, and one of them developed a little hole under the arm that needed fixing but they're both still perfectly wearable and I would buy from them again. The price is definitely much more appealing than Brora.
I have some Brora, which was worth it, though I only buy in the sale. I have quite a large collection of vintage cashmere that i have bouught on ebay, Some is Intarsia, some printed and some lovely classic cardigans. This is by far the best quality ( Pringle, Dalton, Hawick) I've paid between £5 and £60 for these and they will last forever.