When I started buying for the launch of Cleverly Wrapped I thought long and hard about cashmere scarves. I decided that to be a credible scarf website I had to stock a cashmere scarf that was the gold standard of what was available in the market place. In short, a scarf made from the finest cashmere, in the best colours, with the best production and in a convincing size. These thoughts (& plenty of research!) led me to Madeleine Thompson who is stocked season after season in high end boutiques all around the world and is a style mainstay with the luxury fashion press.
Born from a desire to create elegant, off-duty clothing – the Madeleine Thompson label is synonymous with sumptuous cashmere pieces which are perfect for wrapping up against the cold, snuggling up in at home or using as another layer while travelling.
As Madeleine comments: “My focus is on elegance and simplicity while still looking fresh and never fussy. I like to experiment with different textures and of utmost importance of course, is the feel of the fabric against the skin. Being comfortable is something that I put huge emphasis on as a designer”.
The Sidney scarf that we stock at Cleverly Wrapped is made from the finest Italian cashmere and is 2 metres long and 1 metre wide. That’s big. However, because the cashmere is such good quality it’s not one of those scarves that will swamp you. It feels light and is incredibly easy to wear.
Choosing the right colour is where the fun begins. The neon pink adds a serious ‘pop’ colour and would look fab with any dark jacket. The coral is a bit warmer and would be the one I would choose if I was receiving it as a present. If I was buying for myself, common sense would prevail and I would get the navy or the heather grey, as I know they would be my friend for years to come and a timeless staple in my wardrobe.
My aunt, who lives in California, has just bought her third scarf from Cleverly Wrapped. After her last purchase (and plenty of lovely comments from her friends and family), she wrote to me to say that she could justify the expenditure as each scarf was completely updating her existing wardrobe.
I was thinking about this in the context of the Sidney Scarf by Madeleine Thompson. The Sidney scarves are definitely an investment with fabulous & lifelong returns; it can instantly update your wardrobe, will keep you wrapped up warm for many winters to come, can add a vibrant splash of colour to any outfit, is a perfect travel companion and most importantly can be used all year round – a spring colour splash, a summer evening wrap, an additional autumn layer or a winter warmer.
In short the Sidney scarf is gorgeous, super-luxurious and highly covetable. We would definitely recommend putting it on your Christmas list!