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December 20, 2009 | By Sabrina Azadi >>>
As a former Londoner, I've owned my fair share of knits. As a youngster, I couldn't understand why I hated my woolly school sweater but loved the way my sister's green scarf felt around my neck. Unlike the itchy sweater, the scarf was impossibly light, almost magically enveloping me against the icy English winds I faced on the way to school each morning. What was this Golden Fleece? The clues on the label read "100% Cashmere" and "Made in Scotland." Cashmere. Just the sound of it conjures images of sophistication.
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May 24, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Emily Schuman, 30, is the lifestyle maven behind the popular blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, a confectionary collection of stylish outfits, recipes, home decor tips and do-it-yourself projects. Think Martha Stewart meets Carrie Bradshaw. The blog also led to a book deal for the California native. Titled "Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide to Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining With Ease," it hit shelves last August and landed on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.
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May 24, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Emily Schuman, 30, is the lifestyle maven behind the popular blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, a confectionary collection of stylish outfits, recipes, home decor tips and do-it-yourself projects. Think Martha Stewart meets Carrie Bradshaw. The blog also led to a book deal for the California native. Titled "Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide to Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining With Ease," it hit shelves last August and landed on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.
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May 7, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait is spreading his wings a bit with the Elder Statesman's Fall/Winter 2013 peacock-inspired collection, both by adding to the range of super-soft cashmere items he's making and by expanding from his slouchy, mostly unisex collection into distinct offerings for men (think sport coats and chinos) and women (pencil skirts and tuxedo jackets). On a recent visit to Chait's West Hollywood atelier, the cashmere wunderkind walked us through a collection grounded in grays and blues but with pops of purple and green he explained were originally inspired by the colors of a peacock feather.
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December 20, 2009 | By Sabrina Azadi
Cashmere 101 With so much cashmere out there, how can you tell the good from the destined-to-disappoint? And how can you keep your cashmere fresh and lovely for years? Try our tips for buying and caring for this luxury fiber. Labels Read labels carefully, and opt for 100% cashmere if you can afford it. When cashmere is part of a blend, there is a compromise in quality. By law, all cashmere labels should show country of origin, percentage of cashmere and the name of the manufacturer.
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November 18, 2012 | By Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to knits, cashmere is king, the ultra luxe fabric a symbol of opulence and unrivaled comfort. This season, simple V-neck sweaters and checkered scarves are taking a back seat to a new wave of cashmere offerings. The traditional fabric is getting a makeover in bright colors, funky patterns and covetable shapes to wear all winter long. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Sonia striped sweater from Net-a-porter.com ($295) comes with a detachable black tulle collar for an updated twist on the classic striped sweater.
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March 29, 1989 | From the Financial Times
Chinese authorities are taking action to restore order to the international trade in cashmere, one of the world's most luxurious fibers. The cashmere trade has been in crisis for more than a year because of the attempts by China, which produces almost all of the world's cashmere, to liberalize its internal trading system as part of its economic reform program.
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December 24, 1988 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
Judy Leaf of Beverly Hills admired some $400 cashmere shawls in London about five years ago, so when a friend went there recently Leaf asked her to get three of them. After seeing the bill for $2,100, Leaf said, "I almost dropped dead. It was like a house payment." Designer Donna Karan charged stores $195 a pair wholesale for her first 100% cashmere pants in 1985. By next fall, they are expected to be almost $425.
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December 4, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
"It's been a disaster, a disaster," bellows Ubaldo Grazia. The owner of his family's 500-year-old ceramics business isn't talking about the financial meltdown in his country or the Eurozone debt crisis, but the weak U.S. economy that he said had cost him one customer after another. Saks, Tiffany, Nieman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma — his list goes on. Grazia's company, now in its 25th generation, is one of dozens of ceramics makers struggling in this picturesque medieval town known for its handcrafted pottery.
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January 13, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Reinout Oerlemans, the former Dutch soap star who founded the Eyeworks television production company, has listed a Beverly Hills contemporary for $14.9 million. The newly built house has an 80-foot lap pool with panoramic views encompassing downtown L.A., Century City, the Wilshire Corridor and the ocean. The home was designed as a showplace for an art collector or an owner who likes to entertain. Sliding walls of glass push back in all the principal rooms to bring the outdoors in. Padded cashmere walls and custom treated oak floors are among interior details.
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February 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
If there was one conclusion to take away from the menswear collections shown here during the fashion week that ended Thursday, it's that guys have a lot to get excited about when it comes to taking their fall-winter wardrobes up a couple of notches. Below are five of the things that will have men looking forward to fall. MORE FASHION WEEK COVERAGE The rise of cashmere It feels like just yesterday (it was November, actually) when L.A.-based designer Greg Chaitseemingly came out of nowhereto win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award for his Elder Statesman line of super-luxe cashmere knits.
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February 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore
Los Angeles-based label BCBG kicked off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Friday morning, with Max and Lubov Azria showing their fall-winter 2013 collection. The look: Urban bedouin if there is such a thing, with layered loose silk pants, tunics and dresses in laser-cut mosaic-like patterns, worn with fun multicolored, patterned fur coats and baseball jackets. Thigh-high leather legging-boots and slouchy cashmere beanies added a streetwise edge. Palette included blue, burgundy, black and white.
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December 23, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When Greg Chait won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York City last month, the man behind the Elder Statesman line of ultra-luxury cashmere knits - think $5,525 blankets, $1,890 belted cardigan sweaters and $380 ski caps - was practically unknown outside the fashion industry. And he was only slightly better known within it. "That's because I don't talk unless I have something to say," Chait says, sitting behind the wooden table that doubles as a desk in his tiny West Hollywood office/atelier - the exact location of which he'd rather not divulge.
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November 18, 2012 | By Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to knits, cashmere is king, the ultra luxe fabric a symbol of opulence and unrivaled comfort. This season, simple V-neck sweaters and checkered scarves are taking a back seat to a new wave of cashmere offerings. The traditional fabric is getting a makeover in bright colors, funky patterns and covetable shapes to wear all winter long. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Sonia striped sweater from Net-a-porter.com ($295) comes with a detachable black tulle collar for an updated twist on the classic striped sweater.
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December 4, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
"It's been a disaster, a disaster," bellows Ubaldo Grazia. The owner of his family's 500-year-old ceramics business isn't talking about the financial meltdown in his country or the Eurozone debt crisis, but the weak U.S. economy that he said had cost him one customer after another. Saks, Tiffany, Nieman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma — his list goes on. Grazia's company, now in its 25th generation, is one of dozens of ceramics makers struggling in this picturesque medieval town known for its handcrafted pottery.
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November 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
H&M and other big-box retailers are obvious go-tos for fast fashion. But they aren't the only stores in town for shoppers seeking that little black dress in lace or a cashmere sweater that won't break the bank. Many of L.A.'s independent boutiques offer a curated selection of dresses, sweaters, pants and accessories in a more intimate environment with attentive service. Below we look at five of those boutiques, with current styles and prices that frequently average less than $100.
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November 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
H&M and other big-box retailers are obvious go-tos for fast fashion. But they aren't the only stores in town for shoppers seeking that little black dress in lace or a cashmere sweater that won't break the bank. Many of L.A.'s independent boutiques offer a curated selection of dresses, sweaters, pants and accessories in a more intimate environment with attentive service. Below we look at five of those boutiques, with current styles and prices that frequently average less than $100.
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December 23, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When Greg Chait won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York City last month, the man behind the Elder Statesman line of ultra-luxury cashmere knits - think $5,525 blankets, $1,890 belted cardigan sweaters and $380 ski caps - was practically unknown outside the fashion industry. And he was only slightly better known within it. "That's because I don't talk unless I have something to say," Chait says, sitting behind the wooden table that doubles as a desk in his tiny West Hollywood office/atelier - the exact location of which he'd rather not divulge.
HOME & GARDEN
January 13, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Reinout Oerlemans, the former Dutch soap star who founded the Eyeworks television production company, has listed a Beverly Hills contemporary for $14.9 million. The newly built house has an 80-foot lap pool with panoramic views encompassing downtown L.A., Century City, the Wilshire Corridor and the ocean. The home was designed as a showplace for an art collector or an owner who likes to entertain. Sliding walls of glass push back in all the principal rooms to bring the outdoors in. Padded cashmere walls and custom treated oak floors are among interior details.
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