TSE Cashmere puts a new spin on a good yarn.
Author Layla Schlack Photography Courtesy of TSE
CASHMERE HAS GRADUATED from exotic luxury fiber to preppy mainstay to almost commonplace: Much has been made of the rise of the under-$100 cashmere sweater, readily available at Old Navy or Uniqlo, stores that have opened up this lofty knit to a new, younger audience. But edgy has never been the province of cashmere, except at one design house that, for 21 years, has been shattering all preconceptions about the luxe goat wool.
TSE Cashmere has “always been a laboratory of ideas,” says Alyson Day, vice president of marketing. “We’ve sought out collaborations with innovative designers who will do interesting things with cashmere yarn.” These have included Calvin Klein alum and onetime Council of Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year Narciso Rodriguez, and Puma creative director Hussein Chalayan. Now Michelle Obama favorite Jason Wu joins those ranks. His spring collection for TSE (pronounced “say”) features classic shapes and loose, open, often sheer knits. Fabrics that blend cashmere and silk are light enough for a warm day and will go equally well with a pearl necklace or animal print heels—or both.