“I do not believe in God. I believe in cashmere” Fran Lebowitz, author and cultural commentator, once famously said; there are many who’d agree with her. Here’s how to embrace a little softness during these colder months.
Scottish cashmere is some of the finest around. Brora balances on-trend pieces, such as this navy and peach zebra print scarf, with timeless classics (£149, brora.co.uk and at 8 Symons Street). Johnstons of Elgin is another Scottish favourite, with a kaleidoscope of cashmere gloves from £29-49, including fingerless and quilted styles (johnstonscashmere.com and at 77 Bond Street).
N.Peal specialises in Mongolian cashmere; its flagship store was established in Burlington Arcade in 1936 (npeal.com). Aside from ready-to-wear pieces, such as beanie hats (£69-99), N.Peal offers bespoke hand-knitted cashmere sweaters in over 30 colours.
For longevity beyond winter, try a silk and cashmere blend. Fellow Burlington Arcade residents Berk have some brilliantly muted colours for subtle scarf wearers, including dark denim and ‘Army’ khaki (£179.95, berkcashmere.co.uk). To cheer you up on dark days, look to Lily Gardner for this colourful silk and cashmere Ovett scarf, by Wallace Sewell (£150, lilygardner.com and at Chelsea Farmers’ Market, 125 Sydney Street).
Karl Donoghue’s cashmere lambskin earmuffs, available in three colours, are a fun alternative to hats (£125, selfridges.com) and can be combined with matching mittens (£170, plumo.com). Lastly, once you’ve come in from the cold, unwind with Chinti and Parker’s cashmere eye mask (£45-55, chintiandparker.com/uk).