What do you call a group of…

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What do you call a group of…

  • A group of Kashmir goats is called a herd.
  • A group of Garnet Hill cashmere sweaters is called a good start.
  • A group of parrots is called a pandemonium.
  • A group of colorful Garnet Hill tops is called a delight.
  • A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
  • A group of Garnet Hill shoes is called not enough shoes.
  • A group of bitterns is called a sedge.
  • A group of Garnet Hill flannel sheets is called a snooze.
  • A group of mosquitoes is called a scourge. (The mosquito is sometimes said to be the New Hampshire State Bird. In actuality that is the Purple Finch.)
  • A group of random, unmatched socks in the drawer is called inevitable.
  • A group of guinea fowl is called a confusion.
  • A group of Garnet Hill linen tops is called a summer.
  • No official word on what a group of groups is called. Probably a group.

Garnet Hill Cashmere: from the Highlands of Mongolia to You.

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Mongolian Goats - How Garnet Hill Cashmere is Made
On a sunny day in July, deep in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the temperature tops 100ºF — yet thousands of goats are grazing happily on the open plain. You’d think otherwise given the unbearable heat, but then again, the capital is named Hohhot. Even worse, the winters are long, cold and dry, with temps often plummeting to 40ºF below; factor in the wind chill and frequent blizzards and by contrast, New England’s forecast begins to look like San Diego’s.

What good could possibly come from such extreme weather variations? Only the most sought-after cashmere in the world.

Mongolian Goats - How Garnet Hill Cashmere is Made
Once a year, these hardy cashmere goats evolve a protective, downy undercoat that keeps them cool in the summer and cozy all winter. By mid-spring, they’re ready to be combed (we can just hear their sighs now). Manual combing is the better method; it’s completely harmless and yields long, pure fibers that reduce pilling (shearing shortens the fibers and contains more of the coarse guard hair). The result is 4 ounces of raw cashmere per goat — enough for about ⅓ of a sweater — ready to be sorted, de-haired, washed, and eventually spun into soft pure Garnet Hill cashmere.
Considering it takes a year’s worth of fleece from four to six goats to make just one of our 2-ply cashmere sweaters, it deserves special care.
Cashmere Care Tips - How to Care for Cashmere Sweaters
More than half the herd would perish annually until local families of herders began caring for this special cashmere breed. Garnet Hill is honored to support their tradition since 2005.

Mongolian Goats - How Garnet Hill Cashmere is Made

Happy goats. It’s just one more reason to be delighted with Garnet Hill cashmere.

VIDEO: Our Cashmere,
as Seen on the Meredith Vieira Show

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Recently, our Cashmere Hats, Gloves and Scarves were featured on the Meredith Vieira Show. We are so excited that our cozy winter accessories appeared in the “WHAT’S HOT NOW” segment of Meredith’s I’M OBSESSED: Holiday Edition. If you missed the show, take a peek at the clip.

The Garnet Hill gift assortment is in full swing. Check out the complete collection for more cashmere gifts and warm winter wears.

Bernice and Her Fleece

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Here’s something fun for the kids — meet Bernice!

Bernice the Mongolian Goat
I am a goat.
I live in Mongolia.

I live far away – how far?
Holy Molya!

My name is Bernice.
I’m the one with the bangs.
The goats you see here,
are the rest of my gang.
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Danny the Mongolian Goat
The one with his eyes closed?
That’s my pal Danny.
We play hide and goat seek
‘til called by our nanny.

We’re not just mere goats,
you see, we’re cashmere.
The sweater you love,
it may come from here.

Is it softer than soft?
Is it warmer than warm?
You’re wearing the same
cashmere fleece that I’ve worn.

Each year in the spring,
the herdsmen will trim.
They’ll give me a haircut.
It tickles, by Jim!

My fleece does grow back
before winter, don’t worry.
I’m programmed for warmth –
I’m head-to-toe furry.

They comb out my fleece,
the fleece of Bernice,
and soon they spin yarns
as soft as you please.

Then they knit you a sweater –
you’ve never looked better!

When asked by your friends,
or your cousins, or niece,
“Where did you get it?
That oh-so-soft fleece?”

Just tell them this tale
of your new friend, Bernice.

Garnet Hill Heads to the Hamptons

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Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NYThis year, we’re summering in the Hamptons! We’re opening our retail doors for the season in Long Island’s enchanting east-end enclave of Bridgehampton. The store will give Garnet Hill fans a touch-and-feel experience with our best products: rich bedding in soft linen, crisp cotton, and woven silks, plus cashmere robes, airy cotton fashions, distinctive accessories, and more.

Customers will be able to peruse Garnet Hill’s bedding and home decor, as well as favorites in sleepwear and apparel. The store will offer everything from the authentic European cotton flannel sheets that launched our company, to the full array of beautifully designed products that we’re known for today!

“We’ve put a lot of thought and care into our premiere store’s design and location. And Bridgehampton — with a charming downtown that is both low-key and a destination for home design resources — felt like a perfect fit for us,” says Claire Spofford, Garnet Hill president. “We think customers who know and love us will be excited to ‘meet’ us for the first time and we’ll be a pleasant surprise to new customers as well.”

Located at 2424 Main Street (also known as Montauk Highway) in the center of Bridgehampton’s downtown district, the interior of the 1,700 square foot store juxtaposes the honest simplicity of our New England roots with the comforts and casual glamour of the modern coastal lifestyle.

The official grand opening of the store will happen Saturday, June 27. We’d love to see you there!

It All Starts with Happy Goats

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goat-featureOn a sunny day in July, deep in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the temperature tops 100ºF — yet thousands of goats are grazing happily on the open plain. You’d think otherwise given the unbearable heat, but then again, the capital is named Hohhot. Even worse, the winters are long, cold and dry, with temps often plummeting to 40ºF below; factor in the wind chill and frequent blizzards and by contrast, New England’s forecast begins to look like San Diego’s.

What good could possibly come from such extreme weather variations? Only the most sought-after cashmere in the world.

Once a year, these hardy cashmere goats evolve a protective, downy undercoat that keeps them cool in the summer and cozy all winter. By mid-spring, they’re ready to be combed (we can just hear their sighs now). Manual combing is the better method; it’s completely harmless and yields long, pure fibers that reduce pilling (shearing shortens the fibers and contains more of the coarse guard hair). The result is 4 ounces of raw cashmere per goat — enough for about ⅓ of a sweater — ready to be sorted, de-haired, washed, and eventually spun into soft pure Garnet Hill cashmere.

Considering it takes a year’s worth of fleece from four to six goats to make just one of our 2-ply cashmere sweaters, it deserves special care. Three simple tips will keep your cashmere looking its best for years:

  1. Hand-dip in cold water without detergent; air dry
  2. Store on a dedicated shelf next to a glass of water to maintain humidity
  3. Avoid friction (rubbing, wringing, drying with other garments); it shortens the
    fibers which leads to pilling

 

Happy goats. It’s just one more reason to be delighted with Garnet Hill cashmere.