Monday, 30 November 2020

International Christmas Posting Dates


Pile of pashminas

Hello everybody !

 I have just received this update from Royalmail.

If you live outside the UK and you will be ordering cashmere, please try to order in good time for Christmas.

We can always use UPS or one of the other couriers for your pashminas. In that case it is possible to get it almost anywhere in the world in about 4 days.

Christmas 2020 - Latest recommended posting dates for our International Standard Services  

Dear Paul,

International Standard including International Tracked & Signed services - Latest recommended posting dates
DateDestination
Monday 7 DecemberBFPO mail to Static HM Forces
Wednesday 9 DecemberAfrica, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
Thursday 10 DecemberCanada, Cyprus and Malta
Friday 11 DecemberGreece, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and Turkey

To help plan your Christmas posting well in advance, our next latest recommended posting dates are:

International Standard including International Tracked & Signed services - Latest recommended posting dates
DateDestination
Saturday 12 DecemberCzech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden and USA
Wednesday 16 DecemberAustria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland

* Please note: latest recommended posting dates are correct at the time of sending, but may be subject to change due to the impact of Coronavirus.   (excuses! excuses!)

Thursday, 4 June 2020

A Bunch Of Total Morons

Update on Nepal.

The Maoist government of Nepal has decided that the lock down should continue to 16th June.

So it looks like our factory will stick with 30% of staff for the time being.

I assume they have never heard of Belarus or Sweden, or seen any of the evidence that has accumulated since January that this virus is only slightly worse than the flu. 

So they continue to destroy the Nepalese economy. How do they even get in to power having named themselves after the biggest murdered in the history of planet earth. It's totally insane. 

You can visit your bank for 4 hours per week, split between 2 hours on 2 days. So I assume those two hours will be nice and crowded (a bit like when they cut services on the London underground) .

These people in power in every country are completely stupid about everything.  The exeption is that they are not bad at enriching themselves or presenting themselves as the least bad option. 

This idiocracy is only possible with fiat money printing and passing debts on to your children. Voting does nothing. All the teams are as stupid and corrupt as each other, especially once they get in to power.

Buy Bitcoin. 

To misquote Hayek, ' we shall never have sound money again until in some sneaky round about way we come up with our own money ' . Sound money is the root of freedom and prosperity.

#Bitcoin. #Nepal

This image is the colonade in Marianske Lazne, a spa town in Czech Republic, which we visited last week. It was built from cast iron and is beautiful. It is not a coincidence that it was built towards the end of a long period of sound money.






Sunday, 10 May 2020

Pashmina Factory Partially Re-opens

A little good news with regards to the production of pashminas.

The pashmina factory in Kathmandu has re-opened yesterday.

The Maoist government of Nepal has finally lifted some of the insane restrictions on businesses.

However only 9 of the 70 employees have managed to get to work. 

The rest are stuck in their home towns and villages due to the government restrictions.

They will come back to work as soon as they are allowed and are able to get there.

Some context on COVID-19 in Nepal

So far there have been 75 positive identifications of COVID-19 in Nepal (population 28million)

Either the Nepalese government have been incredibly successful in squashing the virus, or they have lifted restrictions before the virus has really got going, or maybe the restrictions were pointless harm.


Monday, 27 April 2020

Coronavirus Update - Kathmandu Factory Re-opening 8th May



The pashmina factory, located in a beautiful part of the outskirts of Kathmandu, is set to partially re-open on 8th May.

That means that the delayed bespoke pashmina orders will be finished and shipped as soon as possible.

Nepal had about 30 cases of Coronavirus and zero deaths.

At least the lock down may have saved about 15 lives per day on the countries roads.

The price of mutton is up over 30%, and they have now banned importing vegetables. More shortages to come.

The biggest scam and heft in history is almost over. There are only the consequences to deal with now!

#Bitcoin solve this. Google it.










Monday, 30 March 2020

Special Offer (FREE pashmina) and effect of COVID-19 on sales

Wow! Sales down 90% compared to the same week last year. Anyone experiencing similar ?

I know many have lost a job so are experiencing a 100% drop in their sales.

In our case, maybe it's partly caused by the lovely warm weather!

So, in partnership with HammockHeaven, we are offering a FREE pashmina scarf (worth up to £39) when you buy any of this years 10 new hammock designs. This offer is available until the end of lock down . Just write which pashmina scarf you would like in the comments box when you complete your purchase.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Update - Special Delivery no longer guaranteed by 1pm


We have just received this update from our Royal Mail account manager.

"I am writing to you on behalf of your Account Manager MB to make you aware of some slight service changes we have had to make due to the current Corona Virus epidemic.

Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm

Due to the current coronavirus situation, we’ll no longer guarantee deliveries by 1pm the next working day for items posted from Thursday 19 March 2020 onwards. We will still prioritise Special Delivery parcels and letters and will aim to deliver by 1pm or before the end of day. However, we will not consider a claim for delay or consequential loss as a result of delay for items posted using the Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm service from that date."

Seems reasonable enough.

Sorry if it causes any problem for anyone. 

Nepal on Lockdown for 1-Week


Our factory is closed for at least one week.

For customers of Mypashmina.co.uk, this means that bespoke orders will be delayed by at least one week. We have plenty of stock in the UK, so other orders will not be effected.

Nepal has had 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far.

The borders are already closed and from today there is a shutdown for 1 week. I predict that the lock down will get extended.

The effect on the Nepalese economy is going to be devastating.

9% of GDP is from tourism, and that is already down to zero. Exports will be hit next.

Our workers will get paid for as long as we are trading.

SOME NEWS COMING OUT OF NEPAL...



https://tkpo.st/2WCfoHW


Friday, 20 March 2020

Coronavirus News - Mypashmina



Every business I have ever had contact with in the last 20 years has emailed me with Coronavirus news. Every one says the same thing. We are working from home, wearing masks and things are otherwise as normal.

We don't have much to report.

If the couriers stop operating, then I guess we all have bigger problems than a pashimna being a bit delayed.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the factory in Nepal could be shut down for a few weeks.

We are very well stocked, but that could delay some bespoke items.

We will let you know if anything causes pashmina disruption.

If the crazy money printing worries you , buy Bitcoin. If you work in healthcare, ask us and anyone else for a discount, we will be happy to oblige.

Thank you for reading

/Paul



Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Crystal Pashminas and Walking Sticks

Pashminas with Crystals  ( and walking sticks )


OVER 100 CRYSTALS

  • This pashmina stole is covered with more than 100 Swarovski Crystals. The crystals are shaped in such a way that they sparkle and catch the light, but they have rounded edges so they do not feel scratchy.

VERSATILE SIZE - 70X200CM (27X80INCHES)

  • Comfort and luxury is what you experience when you open up this stole and wrap it around you. It will keep you cosy from your neck to your waist.
  • This size of pashmina is long enough to be doubled up and pulled through the loop. This creates a smart appearance and also pushes oodles of cosy cashmere and silk up to your ears!
  • If in doubt, go for this size. It will serve you well. Have a browse through the photos to really see the size of this pashmina.

THE FABRIC - 70% CASHMERE / 30% SILK

  • The cashmere fibres themselves come from Inner Mongolia, the border region between China and Mongolia where the cashmere goats roam freely. The happier the goats, the better the yarn. The cashmere fibres in this stole are long and just 14-16 microns in diameter. We regularly test random samples to ensure the quality stays consistently high.
  • The cashmere and silk yarns are blended together to make a 28 count / 2ply yarn containing 70% cashmere and 30% silk. These proportions work very well, so that you get the best balance of the benefits of the silk in terms of appearance and strength, and keep the advantages of the cashmere in terms of the softness and warmth.
  • The silk adds a slight sheen to the fabric. Silk is a stronger fibre, so the fabric can woven slightly tighter than with the pure cashmere. The result is a more dense material which feels soft, but also drapes elegantly.

DYE AND FINISHING

  • Your pashmina stole is finished with hand twisted tassels at both ends.
  • We only use environmentally friendly AZO free Swiss dyes to give your large pashmina scarf it's colour.
  • If the colour or size that you want is not available in stock, we will happily make one especially for you. You are welcome to order your pashmina to be made without tassels. There is no extra charge for the BESPOKE SERVICE.

MADE WITH CARE

We have been working with the same people in Kathmandu (Nepal) since 2002, and your pashmina helps to provide decent long term jobs to over 50 people. 
The factory is located at the edge of Kathmandu in a village area which is gradually being overtaken by the city itself. It still retains it's village charm with some traditional style Nepalese houses.
A large part of the population in that area are Tibetan exiles, so they have bought their culture and personalities to the area as well.
Staff turnover is exceptionally low because it is a nice place to work.
We think your purchase has a positive impact on Nepal, but we want you to buy from us because you will love your new pashmina for its quality, colour and feel.

Canes with Swarovski Elements

We love Swarovski crystals. They make everything so much better. We found some  beautiful crystal canes or walking sticks and you can even have your own design made for you

https://www.emilyhannah.co.uk/dress-walking-canes/crystal-studded-canes/swarovski-elements-crystal-crook-cane

Walking Sticks


Friday, 25 October 2019

Christmas Pashmina Posting Dates

Latest Recommended Posting Dates from ROYAL MAIL

Beat the festive rush and get all your pashminas and cashmere knitwear in the post on time.

Wednesday 18 December2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Friday 20 December1st Class and 1st Class Signed For
and Royal Mail Tracked 48*
Saturday 21 DecemberRoyal Mail Tracked 24*
Monday 23 DecemberSpecial Delivery Guaranteed

Our warehouse closes at mid-day (12pm) on Monday 23rd December.
Opens again on 2nd January.
*Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 services are unavailable to purchase at Post Office® branches
Christmas 2019 Latest recommended posting dates (LRPDs) International ECONOMY Services to Europe
Dear Customer,
Just 8 weeks to go, here's the dates for International Economy mail to Europe.
International Economy - Latest recommended posting dates
DateDestination
Saturday 2 NovemberCyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey.
Saturday 16 NovemberWestern Europe.
Monday 25 NovemberAirmail to Operational HM Forces.
We hope you find this email useful. We'll be back with more international and UK LRPDs very soon. In the meantime, you can see all our latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2019 at a glance by visiting: royalmail.com/greetings.Do you have a Royal Mail daily mail collection from your business? Don't forget to book your Christmas and New Year 2019 collections.
Kind regards,
Royal Mail Customer Services

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Do You Like Our Pashmina Pop Video ?



So ?  Did you like it ?

The loom shown is a Jacquard loom. All the threads are set up and tied to heavy weights to keep them straight and tight. Then the weaving begins.

Each time the shuttle is pushed across, the holes in the jacquard cards mean that a different selection of the stretched yarns are raised or lowered. This makes each row of the fabric individual, which builds up a pattern row by row.

The little boy in the video is my son. He is playing with a wheel which is for hand spinning the cashmere which is found in the angelweave stoles. Hand-spun cashmere is uneven, extremely soft and looks great as well.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Nadiya Hussain for You Magazine, by photographer Rachell Smith & stylist Anna Fordham

Nadiya Hussain wearing Mypashmina
Photographer: Rachell Smith  - Stylist: Anna Fordham -  Headscarf by Mypashmina.co.uk 

The people at YOU Magazine have been doing a photoshoot of Nadiya Hussain wearing some high quality pashminas from MYPASHMINA as head scarfs.

In 2015, Nadiya Hussain was a winner of  'The Great British Bake Off ' - A competitive cooking show on British state TV.

She was a very popular and much loved contestant and was many also loved the stylish headscarfs she wore due to her religion.

YOU magazine wrote an interesting article about her life tribulations and also made some beautiful photos.

This is her new book. It looks very inspirational.



"'A revelatory honest read . . . She writes with clear-eyed insight . . . There's no doubt that the book will make an impact and enable young girls to question the boxes society places them in and to dream bigger than the previous generation thought possible.' YOU Magazine"






Wearing a pashmina on the head in this style is a great idea. It looks fantastic and also keeps your head warm. We also love the choice and use of colours in these pictures.

Photographer: Rachell Smith - http://www.rachellsmith.com
Stylist: Anna Fordham
Creative Director: Natasha Tomlin Hall - https://www.natashatomalinhall.com/


Nadiya Hussain wearing a pashmina by MYPASHMINA
Headscarf by Mypashmina.co.uk

Nadiya Hussain wearing a pashmina by MYPASHMINA
Headscarf by Mypashmina.co.uk






Tuesday, 1 October 2019

A Customer Photo



What a lovely photo from one of our customers. The pashmina looks great. Oozes quality.




"I love my Teal pashmina. I have got many compliments since it goes so well with so many of my outfits. ... here is a photo of me trying it on for first time."




This is a classic pashmina stole - 70% Cashmere / 30% Silk. More like this can be found here.


I removed the background from the original, In case you were wondering! 

I can officially announce that Mypashmina no longer needs to hire models.



Sunday, 29 September 2019

How Cashmere Is Made - Video




I thought this video by Business Insider contains very good information about where cashmere comes from.

Transcript below:

- [Narrator] Cashmere is one of the most
sought-after fibers in the world.
Its fine hairs are softer, lighter
and can be up to three times more insulating
than sheep wool.
It's been a prized material for centuries,
but its quality comes at a cost,
and a luxury cashmere jumper could cost you
well over $500.
So why is it so expensive?
Cashmere doesn't come from a sheep
like you might think, but from the cashmere goat.
These goats are found across the Himalayas
where temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees,
and their freezing cold habitat
means they grow an incredibly thick, warm coat.
It's not the outer hair you can see
that's used for making garments,
but the super soft coat just underneath it.
Johnstons of Elgin has been making cashmere
products since 1851, and to do that,
they need a lot of goats.
- We are using the cashmere from about 1.2 million goats,
and those goats are spread right over Outer Mongolia,
China, a little bit in Afghanistan as well.
- [Narrator] There's a reason so many goats are needed.
While a sheep can produce at least three kilos
of wool each year, a cashmere goat
will only give you around 200 grams.
- So basically, this much cashmere from every goat.
For a scarf, we could be working with
the production of a single goat,
but for a jumper, for example,
you could be working with five, eight,
10 goats' worth of cashmere.
- [Narrator] Because of the tiny amount each goat produces,
the supply is severely limited,
and the fibers can only be collected once a year.
While sheep are sheared for their wool,
cashmere goats are usually brushed
to remove the soft hairs that molt in the spring.
Even when you've harvested the fibers,
the usable weight halves once it's been stripped
of grease, dirt, and thicker hairs.
And despite its popularity,
cashmere still only makes up 0.5%
of the world's total wool production.
Once you have the pure cashmere,
processing it takes a lot of work.
The fibers are first dyed to the right color
and aerated to stop them clumping together.
Cashmere softness means that it needs to be treated
delicately throughout the whole process.
Any chemicals or overprocessing will damage the fibers.
The fibers are then carded,
a process that detangles and lines up the hairs
in thin sheets so that they can be spun into a yarn.
The quality of cashmere is graded on its fineness
and its length, and a high-quality individual
cashmere hair can be as thin as 14 micrometers.
When it's finally ready, this dyed and spun yarn
can then be used to make everything
from jumpers to scarves.
- When you're making a cashmere scarf,
everybody thinks this is the most simple
product in the world.
And of course, when they come to the mill
and they see how it's actually done,
they realize actually there's a huge amount to it,
and there's an awful lot of hands and skilled work
that goes into making that possible.
So it is absolutely about the knowledge of the people,
about the skills of the people,
how you nurture this really delicate fiber
through the process.
- [Narrator] Cheaper cashmere products
have become hugely popular recently.
These claim to offer the quality of cashmere
for a lower price.
Some may use a slightly lower grade of cashmere
or different processing methods
to make the end result more affordable,
and while they are comparatively cheap,
they're still usually at least twice the price of wool.
There have been extreme cases of mislabeling, too,
and some supposedly 100% cashmere products
have been found to contain yak hair or even rat fur.
If you do find a really cheap product
that claims to be cashmere,
it may be too good to be true.
- There is nothing in the world like cashmere.
I mean, there are other precious fibers
or other fine fibers, but cashmere has great properties.
It's very strong. It is very warm.
It's very soft, and you can make from it
anything from a very thick, robust,
almost rug-like product through to
very fine, wispy, cloud-like,
very, very subtle pieces.
There are other precious fibers out there,
there are other fibers that are as fine,
but we can't do as much with them.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Ordering Bespoke Pashminas From Mypashmina.co.uk

BESPOKE PASHMINAS

Not only can you choose your perfect colour and perfect size, but you also get to choose how the pashmina is finished. Your new pashmina will be unique in the world to you.

CASHMERE & SILK

These bespoke pashminas are made from our most popular fabric. This luxury fabric is woven from a 2ply, 28 count yarn which is 70% Cashmere and 30% Silk. The yarn is carefully woven in a tight twill weave which will drape beautifully, feel incredibly soft and is also durable, so it will last a long time.

YOUR PERFECT COLOUR

After knowing you will get the right quality, the most important decision is the colour. The MYPASHMINA swatch book contains over 100 wonderful shades. You can view them on the screen or you can order a swatch book to view real fabric swatches. You can return the swatch book at any time for a full refund, or you can keep it ready for your next order. If your perfect colour is not included in that collection, you are welcome to send us a sample to match or to give us the pantone reference. This service is useful for individuals and also for weddings and corporate events, where a particular shade is important.

YOUR STYLE OF FINISHING

Your bespoke pashmina can be made with tassels or an open fringe or even a hemmed edge.
Open Fringe
Classic Hand Twisted Tassles
Hemmed Edges
If you have any requirements outside of the options listed here, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

DELIVERY FOR BESPOKE PASHMINAS

Delivery takes from three to six weeks for bespoke pashminas. We will keep you updated regularly. During October each year delivery may take an extra 7-10 days due to annual Dashain festival in Nepal.

ALWAYS POPULAR

Bespoke pashminas are some of the most popular items available from Mypashmina. When you take delivery of a high quality pashmina that has been especially made and is unique in the world, you will be understandably pleased.
Please read some of the reviews below to see why customers come back time and time again to buy a bespoke pashmina from Mypashmina. It all comes down to choice and reliable quality.

MADE WITH CARE

Bespoke Pashminas - 70% Cashmere / 30% Silk 7
We have been working with the same people in Kathmandu (Nepal) since 2002, and your purchase helps provide decent long term jobs to more than 50 people. Staff turnover is exceptionally slow because it is a nice place to work. But we want you to buy from us because you will love your new pashmina for its quality, colour and feel

https://www.mypashmina.co.uk/product/bespoke-7030-classic-pashmina/