Cashmere, oh cashmere. On this earth, there exist numerous posh fabrics. They have a wide variety of origins and have relatively different applications. However, all of them have at least one thing in common. That is, softness. Softness is quite important. There is just something so great about the feeling of a soft fabric caressing your skin.
How does it feel?
One can say that the feeling is similar to that of Nirvana. You have probably not experienced this feeling yet if you were not born in a well-off household. However, if you were born with a carbon spoon (Carbon is way more expensive than silver and gold in certain cases) in your mouth, you most likely know what I am talking about.
So, what does Cashmere got to do with all of this? Well, Cashmere comes from mountain goats specific to colder regions. You see, normal mountain goats just aren’t cool enough. Only goats living in certain temperature ranges are worthy enough.
It’s just racism isn’t it?
Wondering why that is? Well, that is because only these mountain goats develop a special kind of undercoat. This undercoat is way smoother than the normal hair. If one were to look under a microscope, the normal hair would be akin to a barbed wire. In contrast, the cashmere looks like a smooth wire with just the right amount of springiness.
That smoothness is where the magic lies. This makes the fibers very soft and supple. Garments made out of Cashmere subtly caress every inch that they cover. One can never feel tied down while wearing it! Another advantage of Cashmere is that it is light. This means that the garment feels unobtrusive and natural.
The downside to all of this is that you need about 5-6 goats for one sweater, ONE! That is a ridiculous amounts of goats for a single garment. No wonder this thing is so expensive.
Why all this conversation about Cashmere?
Well, I mentioned Cashmere because a certain company has recently come out with the world’s most expensive underwear. This underwear is made of Cashmere and also contains golden embroidery.
These underwear are the courtesy of Nice Laundry. Their mission is to keep your most important part cocooned in luxury.
“We didn’t want to half-ass this cashmere boxer. We started with 100% cashmere—no wool blend or low-grade stuff —and worked with a team here in New York to hand sew each pair.”
This is what the company’s founder Ricky Choi had to say about the whole affair. In fact, he even went as far as to say this.
“Between the price tag and the laundering instructions (dry clean only!), these might be totally impractical. But we’re really, really proud of them.”
Now, Choi’s company isn’t really known for this kind of flagship stuff. Instead, they have built their brand around selling value for money items. However, seeing the product that they came out with, they definitely learned from the best of the best before their foray.
These tightie cashies will cost about $1,000. Therefore, if you are someone who primarily buys expensive stuff to show off, go get an iPhone.