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Italian luxury brand Loro Piana has released a women’s capsule collection constructed from CashDenim, an exclusive 60 percent cotton and 40 percent cashmere fabric with an extremely soft hand that’s woven on traditional shuttle looms in the Bingo region of Japan, a longstanding denim hub in the Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures.
Experts weave the warp of the dyed denim with the weft of undyed cashmere fiber and create just 164 feet of the selvedge fabric in a single day.
The two jeans and one jacket in the capsule are intentionally minimal and reflect the tradition and look of Japanese workwear. All of them are in a dark wash and are made in Italy.
The Madley Pants ($1,350) are a high-waisted five-pocket with a loose fit while the Lewel 22 Pants ($1,375) are a high-waisted five-pocket with a slight flare. Both come in U.S. sizes 0-2 through 12.
The Cyrius Jacket ($3,650) is a chore coat with a relaxed fit, button front, three large front pockets, lightweight padding and a cashmere-jersey lining. It comes in U.S. sizes 4 to 18.
Although it is not made from CashDenim, there is also a matching navy-blue extra-large tote bag ($2,625) constructed from felted cashmere that is merchandised with the collection.
All four items are sold at Loro Piana’s webshop and at its selected standalone stores in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The brand also offers other denim pieces made from 100 percent cotton Japanese denim made with sustainable processes.
The 98-year-old brand, which has been owned by LVMH since 2013, is not the first to offer a cashmere-denim blend. 7 for All Mankind released a men’s jean in the fabric for Spring/Summer 2021, Naked & Famous uses a denim blend that is 10 percent cashmere and Frame has a barrel jean that is 27 percent cashmere.