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Origin Story: Como.

"We selected a blend of 70% merino wool and 30% silk for our scarves because it is neither too shiny nor too matt and it is the perfect weight to wear all year round."  __________________________    Silk production began in China around 4000BC and China dominated the industry for several thousands of years. During the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) silk was considered so valuable it was used as a form of currency.  The domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori) will eat many different types of foliage but only produces silk if it eats Mulberry leaves. In 1400AD Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, began planting Mulberry trees around Lake Como and from that point onwards Como came to dominate silk production in Europe. ...

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Origin Story: Naples.

On Italy’s Western Coast, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, is the city of Naples. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and since 1995 the historic centre of the city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But perhaps most famously, it’s the home of pizza. The area is also home to many companies producing leather bags, shoes and gloves. Our gloves are made to order by a fourth-generation family business who, since they were founded in 1860, have specialised in the manufacture of exceptional leather gloves. The knowledge, skill and expertise accumulated over the course of more than 150 years is obvious in every pair they produce for us and being...

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Mother's Day Competition

Sunday 14th May 2017 is Mother’s Day here in New Zealand and to celebrate we’re giving away a scarf to one lucky follower on Instagram. To enter, simply follow @keptlimited on Instagram and tag two friends in the comments section of the Mother’s Day competition post. The winner is free to select any scarf from our collection and the competition is open to anyone, anywhere but please note that every country has different customs laws, taxes and other potential charges that may be applied and will be the responsibility of the winner, if they live outside of New Zealand. The winner will be selected on Mother’s Day at 11:30am local time and we’ll message the winner directly to find out...

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Recommended Reading.

As Fashion Revolution Week draws to a close we thought we'd share some thought-provoking articles on topics that are close to our heart: Why buying expensive clothes might well cost you, and the planet, less in the long run. Read Marc Bain's article written for The Atlantic here. It's amazing how little we know about the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Alden Wicker's piece for Racked is excellent, you can read it here. An Italian weaver is paid US$27.25 per hour and a Chinese weaver is paid US$3.52 per hour. China is now considered by some to be "too expensive", which begs the question, what does a weaver get paid in the lowest of the low-cost countries? Venus Wu and Giulia...

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Man-made is no Match for Mother Nature.

We believe that natural materials feel best against your skin and have less impact on the environment than synthetics. Our scarves use wool, silk and cashmere, read on to discover what makes each of these fibres so special.   Wool comes from many animals, but in this case, we’re referring to the wool of merino sheep. Wool is fine and soft, it keeps you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm, and if all that wasn’t enough, wool is renewable and sustainable.   Silk has been produced in China since the 4th century BC and China remains the source of the finest quality silk to this day. Silk has a triangular cross-section that causes light to refract, a...

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