Cashmere is considered by many to be the best fiber for scarves due to its gentle softness. Here, we offer you a stunning forest green herringbone scarf that is supremely soft and woven in a generous length, made of the finest Mongolian & Chinese long staple cashmere.
We source only high-quality cashmere yarns. The raw material for our scarves is derived from the fine underhair of the cashmere goat. Each goat produces only 150 - 200 grams a year, which is just enough for a single scarf. The finest quality cashmere is usually between 14 and 16.5 microns thick, which is one of the reasons for its softness. With a staple length of 35 - 50mm, we ensure that the scarf won't pill easily, so you can wear it for years to come. Cashmere from Iran (17.5 - 19 micron) and Afghanistan (16.5-18 micron) is less desireable because it is rougher and pills more easily.
Another quality criterium is the color of the fine underhair. Natural white and lighter colored cashmere is much more expensive than darker greyish or brown cashmere because only the lighter colored underhair can be dyed into our vivid colors. The darker fibers can only be used for dark colors.
Once the right raw material is sourced, the fine duvet underhair separated from the rougher guard hair. This mechanical process is a well-kept secret among the few experts left in the world today. Since it involves both handwork and mechanics, it is impossible to remove 100% of all guard hairs. While our top quality cashmere typically features less than 0.5% of guard hair, cheaper quality scarves often contain more than 5% of guard hair, which is rougher and less desirable.
In the next step, Fort Belvedere cashmere fibers are then treated with natural thistles, which roughen up the surface of the scarf to create a particularly soft feel. Using real thistles is costly, but this traditional method guarantees top quality. When we examined Scottish cashmere scarves, which are often advertised as premium quality, we learned that thistles are not used anymore which reveals a decline in quality.
After Fort Belvedere scarves are woven, they undergo the milling process, which provides the cashmere with fullness and softness. Another part of this process is done the traditional way, employing wooden rollers.
The Fort Belvedere herringbone scarf has an unparalleled depth of color and will earn you many compliments on the street.
Green is a wonderful winter color that is often underutilized by men. It works well with overcoats in navy, brown, tan as well as grey thus covering all major men's overcoat colors. It provides enough contrast to be noticeable without being over the top. At the end of the day this forest green scarf is extremely versatile yet unique at the same time. This green is a bit lighter than our forest green cashmere scarf and more olivein color. As such it is brighter and works particularly well with darker overcoats. Avoid tan topcoats that are too close in color because you want a certain amount of contrast.
We extensively tested various scarf sizes to find the right one for you. The most common scarf size is 150 cm x 30 cm/60" x 12", which was simply too short for most men, resulting in insufficient protection from the elements. Larger Scottish versions were 180 cm x 35 cm/72" x 14", and while we liked the length, the width felt constricting. As such, we settled on an ideal format of 180 cm x 30 cm/72" x 12" for all of our scarves; they now offer the best combination of warmth, softness & functionality!
Quality is not a matter of geography. However, producing scarves in Germany allows Fort Belvedere to work with a small weaver family with decades of experience. In addition, by working directly with the craftsman, we were able to create special sizes and provide a nice variety of patterns for you to choose from. It goes without saying that the workers' safety and environmental regulations in Germany are among the highest in the world.
To ensure you can enjoy your olive green herringbone Fort Belvedere scarf for years to come, fold it or hang it; we find folding is the easiest, most convenient way. Our cashmere is rather wrinkle resistant, but in case you find yourself with a wrinkled scarf, cover it with a thin cotton or linen cloth (a t-shirt will do) and iron it gently on a low temp setting to release wrinkles.
Your olive green herringbone cashmere scarf will arrive in a heavy, classic Fort Belvedere gift box for you or your recipient to enjoy. Furthermore, consider saving the box for travel or storage of your purchase.