When it comes to relaxed, casual dressing, there is nothing quite like the feel of soft cashmere against the skin. Made from fibres obtained from cashmere goats, this wool is softer and finer than sheep’s wool, lighter yet warmer, and has been a favourite among discerning consumers for centuries.
History of luxury
This luxurious fabric has been popular in certain parts of the world, including Asia, for thousands of years and yet it wasn’t until the 1400s that it started to become desirable in other continents. Due to the intricate and time-consuming processes involved in its production, cashmere remained a luxury item for centuries, but nowadays more people are able to access cashmere thanks to labels such as Falconeri, which is designing fashion-forward pieces using this superb fabric.
Founded in 1999, Falconeri quickly became respected for its commitment to quality. Ten years later it came under the control of the dynamic Italian clothing company Calzedonia which has ensured that Falconeri’s traditional values run alongside contemporary design flair.
Falconeri’s focus remains on quality and the company is constantly researching the best techniques and processes, old and new. Its garments are made from superior natural yarns which are woven using traditional methods. Each step – from the design sketches to the creation of each item of clothing to the packaging – is carried out at Falconeri’s factory in Avio, northern Italy, and the company is proud to be able to use the ‘made in Italy’ label.
The collection includes classic pieces, designed to be worn time and again, such as sweaters and coats, alongside other designs with a fashionable edge. The autumn/winter 2016/17 women’s collection includes jumpsuits and luxury joggers, while the tops and pleated skirts challenge traditional ideas about knitwear. There are also 1970s-inspired pieces which prove that Falconeri has its finger on the pulse. For men, the brand embraces the increasingly blurred line between formal and casualwear, using modern techniques to add sporty textures to jackets. A standout piece this season is an on-trend biker jacket in felted wool and distressed leather.
The quality and style of Falconeri’s creations mean it’s no surprise that the brand has seen rapid expansion in recent years. Calzedonia opened five new Falconeri stores in Italy in 2009 alone and today Falconeri has 80 boutiques in four countries, with flagship stores located on Italy’s most prestigious shopping streets including Via Montenapoleone and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan (three further stores will open this year in Rome alone).
The fashion world has also taken notice of Falconeri, leading the brand’s menswear and womenswear to be featured in influential fashion magazines such as Grazia, Vanity Fair and Vogue.
As consumers are becoming more interested in beautifully made clothing which will last, fine fabrics are once again in the spotlight, and when it comes to cashmere, Falconeri is a natural choice. Whether you’re looking for the perfect crew neck jumper or a piece of trend-led knitwear, you can be sure that Falconeri’s interpretation will be well worth seeking out.