Thoughts of beaded windowpane this morn, and of the remarkable story of the animals who contribute their fleece to provide us these superior woolens. On the left a dark peat Shetland suit, woven of yarn spun from the black-face Shetland sheep. This small breed originated in the Scottish Isles and is closely related to the now extinct Scottish Dunface. Shetlands produce very fine wool and retain many of their primitive instincts, making them easier to care for than many modern breeds. On the right an ensemble of the light, luxurious “Pecora Nera”, produced exclusively by Loro Piana of black merino from New Zealand (slide two). This wool is the result of a twenty-year effort by a New Zealand breeder, passionate in his vision of restoring the rich legacy of this precious animal. In early times, sheep were not the fluffy white ideal we think of today, but rather, predominantly darker, with a few genetic outliers that were white. It was discovered that fleece from these white sheep could be more easily dyed, and selective breeding moved to the forefront. Fleece from the black animals were at that time discarded; thus, the term “black sheep” to describe an unwanted animal. Although ‘black’ wool fibers are not truly black, they remain challenging to dye, as these are typically darker browns in hue. The colors Loro Piana has developed in this grouping range from a natural cream melange to a deep, hearty chocolate brown. The undyed fabrics are ultra-soft, exceptionally light, and possess superior insulating properties, making them ideal for travel and transition wear. Pecora Nera is a testament to the vision of Loro Piana to find, acquire, and produce the finest, an ambition that is very much a celebration of nature’s gifts. Our suit here is complemented by pure cashmere in waistcoat, scarf, and tie, all meticulously woven and exactingly finished by Loro Piana.
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Found this sweet gem of a photo, taken before Aryana headed back to Upstate New York to settle down with her husband near her hometown of Ithaca a few years back. Little did we know, CMD would end up becoming bicoastal and we'd relocate our entire production to the wee town of Trumansburg (aka TBurg). We now have four employees working with Aryana in our tiny NY studio and we make each and every piece that leaves the studio's front door. We're an eight woman company and I definitely feel like I've hit the employee jackpot. I've also learned how incredibly adaptable we can be as humans which feels so motivating. Excited to see where the road takes us next... #cmdnewyork #cmdhistory
A rare early December snowfall of consequence in the Southeast, and this morning I heed my Scottish ancestors’ counsel, “When there’s snow upon the ground, consider tweed for either country or town.” From our fabric archives, harvest gold Scottish Shetland with ash and steel double-end twist windowpane. The jacket with matching waistcoat was cut in our soft-shouldered model and is accessorized with dense, high-pick paisley tie to highlight the depth of the tweed cloth; the deep blue royal oxford weave shirt serves a similar purpose. One would be well served to avoid white shirts for the majority of tweeds, especially in the 400 gram range, as whites are typically too bright for the subtlety of the pattern work, and the same philosophy should be applied to the selection of pocket wear; this, a square of striped Irish linen. Harvest gold was an especially popular color for home furnishings in the 1970s. In a consumer driven society, such color trends eventually collapse under the weight of their own popularity. Yet, I have always favored this shade, one absent of greens, for surface interest fabrics such as tweeds in shetlands or of a silk and wool blend. Warm golds are reminiscent of the leaves of sugar maples in the fall... and as Sting sang in Fields of Gold... “You’ll remember me when the west wind blows upon the fields of barley, You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold, So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley, In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold.” May your Monday be bathed in golden opportunity.
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