Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cashmere: EB's best buys

I promised to show what better be one of the very few items I buy this year, with a big move to a small space coming.

Eric Bompard's sale offers 25-30% off on most things; the 100% cashmere mariniere was a more enticing -40%, now €141. I chose black/white.  (Note: links go to site, not item.)
Fine stripes

Fine, single-colour stripes work on me if the piece is not oversized. This has the quiet quality confirmed by the twelve-item Wardrobe Challenge and the versatility I'll need when I have a clothes closet formerly called "broom".

Hand it to her
If you're looking for a gift to please most any woman, pick up these warm, light, washable 100% cashmere gloves now, on sale for €33, and pack away for a birthday or other occasion. The commenter who said she'd like to wear cocktail rings but they don't fit under gloves? Here's a solution that comes in scores of delectable colours.

Great jacket for travel
The 70% cashmere/30% silk army jacket is a chic choice for smaller-busted women, and is 35% off, €136. Versatile, softer than a jacket, and equally polished with jeans or a skirt. Limited sizes.

The 16-ply ribbed cashmere ribbed jacket with leather buckles is substantial, with price to match. If if one hankers for a cashmere coccoon for apres ski, travel or staying warm in serious drafts, this is it, and it's one of the relatively few -40% items. Sale price, €322.
Purrrrr

If that's too much length for you, the 100% cashmere bolero provides 8-ply delight and the charm of semi-circular ribs. Another of the -40% pieces, €228.


I'm still wearing my Bompard cashmeres a dozen or more years later, so you will get the value out of your purchase.

One of their standout items is the reversible (actually double-sided) cashmere scarf, on sale now at -25%, €65, in striking combinations such as new camel/flame orange, shown. Plenty of time to enjoy if you're in frigid temps now!

Sale continues to Feb. 15, colours and sizes grow more limited as the days pass. Delivery can take up to three weeks for sale items.

17 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

I ordered a v-neck sweater first day of sale, and am still waiting for it, but hopeful it will arrive this week so I can take on our ski trip. I love that military jacket but know better with my shape.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I just spent the last 15 minutes perusing the site...lovely cashmere...alas the sweater that I love the most is not on sale....I may go back again later.

Thank you for the link...and for tempting me...I think :)

materfamilias said...

I bought a cashmere v-neck in the sale you alerted us to before Christmas. It's already been worn to the point of needing a wash -- and washed, carefully but easily in Eucalan, dried on a rack overnight -- twice, and I'm delighted with its quality.

Anonymous said...

Lovely sweaters! But it's "cocoon," not "cuccoon."

NancyDaQ said...

Great choices! Like Pseu, I like the military jacket, but it won't work on my shape. Thanks for the warning.

spacegeek said...

The ribbed jacket is the one that caught my eye, but alas, in S. CA (and 75F today) it just isn't something I "need" or would get much use out of. (BTW, I kept that La Florentina camel wool and fox-trimmed cape, and I adore it and wear it as often as possible!) :-)

LPC said...

I like both those jackets, and am currently looking to up my jacket stores. Hmm.

Duchesse said...

Pseu: Fitted vee or classic? Or?

hostess: You're welcome!

Anonymous: Thanks!

materfamilias: Great, what colour?

spacegeek: So glad to hear that, it sounded far too sumptuous to part with.

LPC: I like the schoolboy jacket too.

Deja Pseu said...

Duchesse - fitted, I think. I wanted one without the band at the bottom. Went for the charcoal grey. Crossing my fingers size will be OK.

frugalscholar said...

I'm hoping to check these out next time I'm in France.

Rubiatonta said...

I love love love that bolero... and I've gone a bit gray crazy lately. Wonder if I could stuff another sweater into my collection. (I suppose one would have to come out.)

Let me echo Mater's love for Eucalan. I follow their washing instructions to the letter (yes, in the machine -- even old Rubis can learn new tricks) and my sweaters have never looked better.

Duchesse said...

frugal: Their mail order service is excellent and you do not pay VAT (but might incur duties.) However I am curious; do you wear cashmere in Louisiana?

Rubi: Atta girl! In a lingerie bag, in the machine works perfectly for me.

HB said...

Thank you for the reminder! I just received my order from Brora (extra %off their sale this week). The quality is excellent but I did save a little of my warm-wear budget to purchase something from EB. Perhaps one of the polo styles or a cardigan - it's hard to decide as they are so relentlessly cool in silhouette.

Duchesse said...

HB: You sound both well-organized and well-warmed. Waiting for sales takes discipline but is so satisfying. (Last year I waited for EB's sale but what I wanted was s/o. This year was lucky.)

Duchesse said...

Pseu: The fitted v is a staple in my closet and goes happily to work with a scarf. Hope it fits you and that you are pleased.

Mardel said...

There were a couple of things I meant to buy before the sales, and then I meant to buy them during the sales, and now they are gone. There is always next year and my sweater cabinet remains overfilled and in need of sorting anyway, although good cashmere is always welcome.

Mardel said...

I'm reporting back to say that I finally cleaned/purged the sweater stores and see that I have a definite lack in the fine gauge/ fitted sweater categories so I ordered two fitted v-necks. I can't wait until they arrive. I love the schoolboy jacket too, but I have things in similar colors in the same weight so unless I was willing to give something up (not) I had to pass.