Cashmere blends are made by combining cashmere with other materials like wool, cotton or acrylic. Today, most cashmere wholesalers also offer these blends along with pure cashmere. If you are a purist who can’t decide whether to offer cashmere blends, you may be losing business by not offering them. There are many reasons to offer cashmere blends, including –
Reaching a wider market: Because pure cashmere is a premium high-cost product, not everyone can afford to buy it. Even for people who may buy cashmere, it is often just a one-time purchase — a valued garment that they will buy and not replace for many years. With cashmere blend, you can reach a much wider market. Also, this reasonably priced version is far more likely to sell in large quantities, with shoppers making frequent or multiple purchases.
More designs: The blended fabric is easier to work with, which is why many designs prefer it. They can create numerous and varied designs including additions such as sequins and stars, that would expensive to produce on pure cashmere.
Varied price structure: As a retailer, it always makes sense to offer a range of variously priced merchandise. Some items are meant to be high-priced. These are premium luxurious materials like pure cashmere. But it is good business to offer a more medium-range selection for people who do not want to pay for pure cashmere. Most buyers fall into this bracket. The more reasonably priced cashmere blend allows you to stock cashmere garments in this price range.
Limited availability of cashmere: Cashmere is a naturally sourced fabric with an extremely limited availability. Cashmere blends, on the other hand, have a higher availability because we are blending other fabrics and using less cashmere. With cashmere blends you are likely to be able to source exactly what you want and when you want it.
Stocking cashmere blends has become essential for every cashmere wholesaler in today’s competitive knitwear market. While a retailer may want to specialise in only pure cashmere, for a wholesaler that rarely makes sense. For better profits, a wholesaler needs to diversify his/her basic stock and keep alternatives for people who cannot afford, or don’t way to pay for, expensive cashmere. Continue reading “How to Source Cashmere Blends”
Very few things come close to the luxury factor of pure cashmere. But when it comes to practicality, cashmere blends probably make more sense. While most stores and stockists will buy a minimal quantity of really good quality cashmere, the bulk of their stock is likely to be cashmere blend. There are many reasons why stocking this low-price cashmere is a good idea. Continue reading “Why You Should Stock Cashmere Blends”
Cashmere features in everyone’s dream list when it comes to fabrics we want in our closet. Whether you like luxury or practical wearability, cashmere scores above any other alternative. But its steep price tag means that buyers can rarely afford it. Cashmere blend offers a viable alternative. Here are a few reasons why you should stock cashmere blend:
Cheaper than cashmere
Cashmere is considered a luxury product in part because of its steep price tag. A quality cashmere sweater can be more expensive than three-four good quality wool sweaters combined. This is perhaps the biggest reason to stock cashmere blend. It can be less than half the price of the fabric. Since cashmere is counted among the most expensive fabrics in the world, the discount you can offer your buyers is significant.
Still superior to wool
The cut in the price tag means that you do get a product that is not as superior as pure cashmere. But it is still better than wool. The reason is simple mathematics and logic! Cashmere is usually blended with wool. So, we have all the qualities of wool, only enhanced by the cashmere in the blend. It is softer, lighter and warmer than almost all other types of wool.
The truth is that cashmere production is simply not very sustainable. This is a very specific type of wool that comes from China and Mongolia. It’s a highly prized wool that is always in high demand, which can rarely be met by the supply. This is the main reason for its steep price tag. Cashmere blends allow wholesalers to use this limited quantity in a more economic and sustainable manner. There are fewer chances of stock shortages.