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Cashmere and silk are unique fabrics; they take colour so richly yet so differently. We use this contrast, along with our own customized dye techniques, to create truly one-of-a-kind garments that are as pleasing to the skin as they are to the eye.

All BC Cashmere garments are made in a small family-run workshop in Nepal. We source raw cashmere from Mongolia, which produces the finest, longest, softest cashmere in the world. We import our silk from China; the Nepalese craftsmen then spin their own yarn according to our specifications.

We create out designs in London and send them to Kathmandu, where samples are produced. To ensure the highest possible standards of quality, we work on-site at the workshop twice a year, during the manufacture of the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections. We work directly with the local production manager (unusually in Kathmandu, this is a woman in a crucial managerial position), who is our liaison with the “Master”—the man who makes the master pattern.

The local craftsmen combine traditional Nepali methods, such as hand-spinning, hand-weaving, looming and dying, with the most advanced knitting machines. This combination of local craftsmanship and modern technology ensures a high-quality finished product. After manufacture, each piece is embellished by hand before being meticulously checked and inspected. Once the pieces get the BC Cashmere seal of approval, they are labelled, pressed, packed, and made ready for shipping.

All BC Cashmere products are designed by women, manufactured (mostly) by women, and made for women of all ages and styles.

 Who we are

Bernice Stegers has been designing and making her own clothes for 40 years, starting in the 1960s as a teenager when she customized her school uniform in the style of Mary Quant (much to her teachers’ dismay). Pursuing her love of textile and colour as well as her passion for the East, Bernice set out to source the materials and the artisans to make and dye the perfect cashmere cardigan, something she couldn’t find anywhere. She wanted cardigans that were beautiful, different, with a distinctive and stylish edge—so she decided to make them herself. She discovered the ideal workshop in Kathmandu, a cashmere production facility that employs mostly women and treats all staff in accordance with fair trade principles. Working directly with this facility in Kathmandu, Bernice now designs and supervises the production of BC Cashmere’s distinctive line of clothing and accessories.

Camilla Campbell-Smith has 10 years of business experience, with a specialized knowledge of import/export logistics and high-end luxury products. She got her start with an exclusive private members club in London, organising and coordinating the social lives of its high-profile membership. She then moved into her family business importing and distributing luxury Spanish food to London’s top restaurants and delicatessens as well as to wholesalers around the U.K. With her entrepreneurial flair and in-depth knowledge of the luxury market, Camilla has the business skills that perfectly complement Bernice’s creative talents.

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