Cashmere knee-high socks
# Where does Cashmere come from?
Cashmere is prized the world over for being an incredibly soft and warm lightweight material. It’s what makes our cashmere knee-high socks so luxurious. Cashmere wool comes from the soft undercoat of the cashmere goat. The name ‘cashmere’ is an anglicisation of Kashmir, a geographical area that spans across north India, Pakistan and China. This mountainous region is home to the cashmere goat, famous worldwide for the quality of its fine, insulating wool.
While cashmere has been produced as a luxury fabric for hundreds of years, its popularity in west Europe has actually been attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte! The then General reportedly sent a cashmere shawl back to Paris during his Ottoman campaign. Bonaparte was quite the connoisseur when it came to socks; check out our limited-edition range of Napoleon inspired knee-high socks here! Cashmere clothing was an instant hit in France. In fact, the warm, fine wool was so popular that the French government financed an expedition to Persia to bring a herd of cashmere goats back to France! Thus began a strong tradition of cashmere production in France which spread throughout Europe.
Nowadays China and Mongolia are the world’s biggest producers of raw cashmere. However, countries such as Scotland, Japan and Italy have long been market leaders when it comes to producing cashmere garments. Lucky for you, we only sell cashmere socks that have been woven in the finest Italian workshops! At Mes Chaussettes Rouges we are well aware of cashmere’s rich history, and firmly believe that our cashmere knee-high socks do it justice.
# Why wear cashmere socks?
Why wouldn’t you wear cashmere socks seems like a better question! Yes, you may have to loosen your purse strings a bit more for a pair of cosy cashmere socks, but trust us, they’re worth it. Cashmere knee-high socks are luxurious, there are no two ways about it. Dubbed the ‘champagne of wool’ by one GQ journalist, cashmere socks are lighter, softer and up to three times more insulating than normal wool. To explain how our cashmere knee-high socks have these highly sought-after properties, we have to go back to Kashmir itself. Cashmere goats are raised in this Himalayan region where temperatures can drop as low as -30°C. To protect themselves from the cold, the goats developed a very soft undercoat made of thin, hollow fibres. This fine undercoat is an excellent insulator, which means that our pure cashmere socks are thinner and warmer than traditional cotton socks.
As they are made from such a luxurious fabric, these knee-high cashmere socks are more delicate than those made from sturdier materials, such as our super-durable range. In other words, these aren’t the socks you’d take on your Everest ascent. These cosy cashmere socks are indulgent, so wear them when you’re spoiling yourself. The best cashmere socks often make the best bed socks. Unfeasibly soft and comfortable, a pair of cashmere knee-high socks is a must-have for your wardrobe. If you’re after a pair that are just as fine and soft but won’t overheat your feet in summer, try our cashmere blend socks. 70% cashmere and 30% silk, these luxury men's socks can be worn all year-round.Indulge yourself with a pair of our luxury cashmere socks.
# How to look after a pair of cashmere knee-high socks?
Cashmere is more delicate than other fibres. As they are so naturally warm and soft, it’s worth taking extra care when washing your cashmere socks. To preserve what makes cashmere socks so beautifully light and smooth, ideally hand wash your socks and dry flat. You can also machine wash your cashmere by selecting the right delicate setting. Choose a cool wash with a delicate cycle and a low spin. If washed correctly, pure cashmere socks can get even softer over time so it’s definitely worth taking good care of them!