Now we all know that the fibers aren't homegrown in Scotland as those goats aren't native to the country. I'm not saying all the mills in Scotland produce high quality knits either. It very much depends on the type of yarn they use. The longer the fibers, the better and less likely the garment will pill. The diameter is just as important as fine fibers will produce soft knits. I'm no expert in all things cashmere but what I do know is the Scottish mills produce some of the best quality knitwear in the world. You can read more about cashmere here if you're interested.
I've paid full retail price for Hermes cashmere/silk (65% cashmere 35% silk) shawls and I've also been that idiot who queued up for hours outside Palais des Congre for the privilege of buying them at 40% off. I have a mild addiction to cashmere shawls BUT common sense must prevail as the cost of these lovely Hermes shawls have risen quicker than inflation. I thought £670 was enough to induce a cardiac arrest and these days, they're £100 more. For those of you who look for quality above all things, you'll be pleased to know that the Everlane's 100% cashmere shawls are produced in Hawick and cost a mere USD 250. Check out their Scottish factory here.
**Thanks, Sue for the tip. It's expensive for those of us in the E.U to purchase from Everlane as the duty tax is exorbitant. Besides, the shawls are made in Scotland and easier to source from the home country. The alternative is Johnstons of Elgin or Brora who are fairly well regarded but still affordable. Any else has any recommendations?