Cashmere is considered by many to be the best fiber for scarves due to its gentle softness. Every year, more than 6,000 tons of cashmere are harvested, but not all cashmere fibers are alike. Here, we offer you a solid red, amazingly soft scarf 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 lengh 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 criteria 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 is separted 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, our 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 our 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. Of course, every scarf undergoes extensive Quality Control by skilled weavers, in order to assure you receive the highest quality Fort Belvedere cashmere scarf.
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 insufficent 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 & functinality!
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 and as such, Germany was a good choice overall.
To ensure you can enjoy your red 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.
Cashmere should never be washed by machine. By nature, cashmere contains lanolin and should only be gently washed by hand with a special supersaturated liquid soap. Gently press the water from washed cashmere (do not wring it) and allow the scarf to dry flat on a towel.
Your red 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.
Fine men's clothing and accessories are our passion. If you have any questions, or need assistance with product selection, please contact us! We are always happy to help you build your wardrobe or choose a unique gift.