Recycled Cashmere Cardigan

An ultra-soft cardigan made from sustainably sourced cashmere.

CHF 475.00 CHF 237.00

Model is 6ft 1 / 185 cm with a 36 inch / 91cm chest, and wears size Small.

  • 55% recycled cashmere
  • 42% cashmere certified by The Good Cashmere Standard®
  • Five buttons made from recycled paper
The Recycled Cashmere Cardigan is a classic, midweight cardigan that we've rebuilt for the next century using a progressive approach to sourcing – it’s engineered from recycled cashmere, and with buttons made from recycled paper and plastics.

The cardigan has been at the heart of men’s wardrobes since the 1950s. But its roots can be traced back another 100 years to the Crimean War hero, and renowned knitwear fan, James Thomas Brudenell – the seventh Earl of Cardigan. Its timeless appeal lies in a few obvious qualities. It’s warm. It’s easy to wear. And unlike a sweater it’s never going to mess up your hair when you put it on. It was true in the 1850s. It’s true now. And it will still be true in 2050.

So we've created our own vision of the future of the cardigan – one that isn’t just a versatile, reliable piece of everyday knitwear, but is also a proof-of-concept for ethically sourced and environmentally friendly cashmere.

Technical Details

Material made in Italy: 55% recycled cashmere, 42% cashmere, 3% wool
Recycled cashmere sourced from pre and post-consumer waste in Europe and the US
Virgin cashmere sourced from Mongolia
Recycled cashmere certified by the Global Recycled Standard
Virgin cashmere certified by The Good Cashmere Standard®
Two front patch pockets with rolled edge
Five buttons made from recycled paper
Tuck stitch knit for grid texture
Constructed with a 7 gauge knit
16.5 micron cashmere
Cardigan weighs 435 grams
Hand wash, dry flat
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The cardigan has an unlikely military past

Most of your wardrobe today can trace its origins back to the battlefield. It includes obvious things like the bomber jacket, the trench coat, and the t shirt. But it also includes the cardigan which gets its name from the seventh Earl of Cardigan – a British Army officer who led his troops in the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 wearing early cardigan prototypes. While this didn’t end too well, the cardigan’s timeless appeal remains.

It’s warm, it looks good, and it’s easy to wear

It’s unlikely the Earl believed his trademark knitted vest would protect his men against a barrage of Russian cannon fire. Instead he probably liked them for the same reasons we still like them today. They’re warm. They’re easy to wear. And unlike sweaters they won’t mess up your hair when you put them on. It was true in the 1850s. It’s true now. And it will still be true in 2050. So we decided to create our own vision of the cardigan of the future.

The cardigan of the future is probably made out of stuff that’s already been used. This proof-of-concept is made from recycled cashmere.

It’s a proof-of-concept for recycled cashmere

There’s no single answer for what the cardigan of the future looks like. So we started with our Sub Zero Cardigan – a heavyweight cardigan that performs like a puffer in sub zero conditions. And next up we’re answering it again with our Recycled Cashmere Cardigan, which we’ve built with a progressive approach to sourcing cashmere.

Our recycled cashmere is as soft and elastic as new cashmere

Recycling fine fibres like cashmere is notoriously difficult because they break easily, making them shorter, weaker and coarser. But the cashmere in this cardigan is processed using advanced machinery that can mechanically shred and reprocess the cashmere with virtually no loss in the material’s exceptional properties. It means the cardigan retains all the softness, strength and elasticity you’d expect from new cashmere.

Our recycled cashmere retains all the softness, strength and elasticity of new cashmere.

It's insulating and breathable at the same time

Cashmere is insulating in the cold, breathable in the heat, naturally elastic, water repellent, and phenomenally soft. In colder temperatures the cardigan works incredibly well as an insulating middle layer under a coat. And when it's not so cold, you can throw it on over a t shirt for an easy lightweight outfit.

Cashmere farming is increasingly unsustainable

Cashmere is one of the most prized natural materials on the planet. But surging demand is coming at an environmental cost. Cashmere goats have been farmed on the vast grasslands of the Mongolian-Manchurian steppe for centuries. But the demand to produce more cashmere has seen farmers expand their herds. This has led to overgrazing, which is accelerating desertification of the steppe and intensifying the yellow dust storms that plague north eastern Asia.

Over half the cardigan is made from recycled cashmere

We’ve taken two different approaches to sourcing the cashmere for this cardigan. The first is to reuse cashmere that already exists. The second is to use virgin cashmere from farmers that are certified by The Good Cashmere Standard®. The GCS is an independent body committed to protecting the welfare of goats, the lands they graze on and the working conditions of farmers. Combining these two sources gives us a material with all the softness and strength of 100% virgin cashmere but a significantly smaller environmental footprint.

Size + Fit

The Recycled Cashmere Cardigan is designed with a regular fit.

Fits chest 83 - 90 91 - 98 99 - 106 107 - 114 115 - 122 123 - 130
Fits waist 71 - 76 76 - 81 81 - 86 86 - 91 91 - 96 96 - 101
Fits chest 33 - 36 36 - 39 39 - 42 42 - 45 45 - 48 48 - 51
Fits waist 28 - 30 30 - 32 32 - 34 34 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40