Finest Cashmere, Made to Order. Since 1992.

Tokyo, Japan | 5 Sales


Finest Cashmere, Made to Order. Since 1992.

Tokyo, Japan 5 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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World's finest cashmere

UTO was founded in 1992 at Aoyama, Tokyo as a knitwear company.
We have our own factory in Kitakami, Iwate prefecture, and are one of the very few knitwear companies that design, manufacture and sell directly to customers.
Our yarn is produced in Japan using only the finest quality cashmere from Inner Mongolia. We proudly take custom orders to create cashmere knitwear to suit each customer.

Quality of Cashmere – Three Factors
Quality of cashmere knitwear is mainly determined by three factors.

1. Fiber
First of all is the fiber itself. Needless to say, the quality of the raw material is very important. The diameter of a cashmere undercoat fiber is about 14 to 16 micron, and the length is up to about 40 millimeters. Thinner and longer is generally considered better. UTO uses only top-quality—in short, the most expensive—cashmere hair. It is the same class that the high-end line Loro Piana and other famous brands use.

2. Spinning
Second is the quality of the spinning process. The fleece needs to go through spinning to be used as knit yarn. The fiber is “twisted” and “pulled” to make a long continuous thread, and how well it is done makes a big difference. Generally, a thread without bumps is considered of better quality. If we want to make the thread even and strong, we can simply tighten the spin and pull it harder. However, it will lose texture and tenderness. Making smooth and beautiful cashmere thread requires not only high-grade fiber but also superior technic and well-examined procedures. The cashmere yarn we use is spun in Japan with the utmost care by Toyoboshi, a member of CCMI (The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute).

3. Knitting
Last but not least, manufacturing quality also determines the value of the final product. Even if the most expensive yarn is used, it does not mean the product is good. At UTO, our knitwear items are produced one by one in the atelier in Kitakami by a team whose leader has 50 years of knitting experience. Knitting of the fabric is done with the famous Shima Seiki machines, and fine-tuning and linking require experience and delicate engineering. You can see the beauty of even stitches in high-gauge knitwear. Furthermore, at the final stage of production, we air-dry our items, which is a time- and space-consuming step, instead of using more common machine drying. We believe the drying process has a big impact on final texture, so we continue to use natural air-drying.

UTO cashmere knitwear is the fruit of highest-grade fiber, top-notch spinning, and wholehearted dedication to craftsmanship.

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How to wash cashmere at home

-Please wash with water at a temperature below 30℃ (86℉).
-Fold the products neatly and put them in a mesh laundry net.
*Wash only one or two items at a time. More items will cause shrinkage and pilling.
- Use detergent for wool (or shampoo) and the “delicate” setting of your washing machine. After applying softener (or conditioner) rinse and -spin dry. Do not squeeze by hand.
-DO NOT use a vertical drum (front loading) washing machine.
-We recommend using the delicate setting of the washing machine, or washing by hand.
-Lay the item flat in its natural shape and allow it to air dry.
-DO NOT use a dryer.

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Please note that the merchant name on your card statement will be "BizitJapan".