This startup makes some of the most impressive and affordable cashmere sweaters you can buy

Business Insider on 2016 -Oct -20

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A cashmere sweater is one of the best additions you can make to your closet this fall.

It is super soft, polished enough to wear to the office, and will keep you warm on a cold day. Since cashmere is one of the most premium fibers on the market, though, a single cashmere sweater could end up costing you a couple hundred dollars, which is more than a lot of us are willing to spend.


Naadam’s CEO and co-founder Matt Scanlan wearing one of the brand’s cashmere sweaters.Naadam


Thankfully, there are companies out there that make high-quality options and sell them for reasonable prices. Everlane is one of them. Another you probably haven’t heard of yet is Naadam.

Founded in 2013 by Matt Scanlan and Diederik Rijsemus, Naadam is a direct-to-consumer company that, like Everlane, cuts out the middlemen so anyone can get exceptional cashmere at an exceptional value.

“Naadam’s mission is to offer ethical luxury designed for the way you want to live,” Naadam cofounder and CEO Matt Scanlan told Business Insider. “Everything we do, from our supply chain to our design, is thoughtful and considered. We blend luxury with sustainability for an audience who knows you should be able to have both at a fair price.”

Scanlan and Rijsemus realized that by partnering directly with Mongolia’s herding communities, Naadam could secure the world’s finest materials at a fair price, and pass that savings to their customers.

“Our sourcing practices are unique and simple,” Scanlan told us. “We support our herders’ livestock through microeconomic development, thereby gaining first access to the world’s finest fibers. We also partner with the best Italian mills to produce garments of unrivaled quality. Our business model works cyclically, circulating a percentage of our profits to preserve our herders livestock through annual vaccination programs. Naadam focuses on sustainability as a business practice, not simply for charity. We have invested $150,000 into our non­profit to inoculate 250,000 goats, and thereby directly impact over 800 families in the region.”

What shoppers are left with is ultra-soft, extremely durable, and surprisingly affordable.


Naadam has cashmere styles for men and women, ranging from T-shirts to traditional pullover sweaters, but the men’s hoodie might be the best value the company currently offers. Unlike a lot of other hoodies, Naadam’s doesn’t feel overly casual; instead, it looks put together enough to wear to the office on casual Fridays. And it’s only $99. That’s close to what you can expect to pay for regular cotton hoodies. The fact that this one’s cashmere is what makes it an incredible value in our eyes.

If you’re looking to save on cashmere, but don’t won’t to compromise on quality, this brand is a win for your wallet and your wardrobe.

You can check everything Naadam has to offer here. Price range from $60-$325.

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