Post # 1
On my last trip to NYC I stumbled upon Canal Street and the amazing pashmina selection for about $4-$5 a piece. I was thrilled! Can anyone tell me if they are real pashminas actually made from wool and silk or are they, like the “designer” bags they are next to, as fake as everything else and probably made out of viscose? They have the “pashmina” tag on them but of course this means nothing as we all know the Prada bags sold there are made from anything but real leather. They seem to be of really nice quality to me, but I really can’t tell the difference between real pashmina and viscose. I don’t mind for myself but when I am giving them as gifts, I would feel really foolish if I was trying to pass them off as a real pashmina and it wasn’t.
Does anyone know?!
Post # 3
I have no idea but everyone in NYC wears these pashminas. They’re actually sold on pretty much every streetcorner in the city once fall hits (not just Canal Street)
I can’t testify to what they’re made of, but my “street scarves” have held up better than most pashminas I’ve gotten from a store. My mom stocks up every time she visits me. Plus you don’t feel bad if you leave it in a bar, or lose it or something.
Post # 4
I love the NYC “pashminas!” I have several colors and they’re so cheap! I get a new one (or two) when we go into the city (Fi is from NJ)! I’m sure they’re not real pashminas, but it holds up pretty well. If it bothers you, you can just gently take the tag off and honestly maybe people won’t notice real or not!
Post # 5
Eventually the tag falls off (because it is glued on) and it shows that they are actually 100% acrylic or something. But for 5 bucks, who cares if they aren’t the “real thing”?
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens
I’m with Hot Child. I’m about roll up to Union Square and get a few this weekend. It’s getting cold here.
Post # 7
I live in Tennessee but happen to have a work trip to New York next week – the week before I head to Washington for the wedding! Perfect timing. I plan to pick some up for the girls just as an added bonus gift – for $5 each, why not?! And of course a few for myself.
Glad to hear they hold up well, real or not.
Post # 8
@Bridebella: Also, if you’re buying several, you should be able to talk the guy down a bit. They’re street vendors so nothing is set in stone.
I’d skip Canal Street (just because it’s incredibly annoying and crowded) but Union Square/anywhere in Midtown is guaranteed to have them. They even sell them on my block on the Upper East Side!
Post # 9
They are on every street corner here for $5 and I love them! When mine gets really old and tattered, I just get a new one (they don’t wash that well). Or if you are cold and need one you can always add a new color to your collection 🙂
Post # 10
They have them on my block on the UES as well (Hotchild and I are neighbors ;o) ) and I LOVE these scarves. Doubtful they are real, but they are amazing. and everyone does wear them here. I have every color imagineable. for $5?! Hellll yeaaaaah!
Post # 11
They definitely are NOT real — those are in the $100 – $200 range. But they certainly are fun! I would love to get a bunch in our wedding colors to give away at the reception — it’s in May and might still be chilly in the evening…
Post # 12
Pashmina is a specific weight of a specific kind of cashmere (something to do with which mountain goat it came from!), mixed with silk. Even most cashmere “pashminas” aren’t even really pashminas.
Yes, these are exactly like the designer knock-offs sold next to them: They’re from Chinese knock-off factories.
If you like ’em, and don’t mind supporting Chinese knock-off factories — with all that says about labor practices, environmental stuff, etc — go for it.
Post # 13
SLS: I don’t really consider them to be “knockoffs”. They’re not pretending to be a brand or something, and they’re sold right alongside all the crappy tourist merch. I see no difference from buying street scarves and buying a “pashmina” from H&M or Target. (albeit for $10 or $15)
Post # 14
Thanks so much to you all for your comments. Yeah, thought it was too good to be ture that they were real but I do LOVE them just the same, the colors the price, great find none the less! I’ll just remove the “pashmina” tags on them and I think I’ll feel fine not giving any false advertising to my guests. Thanks so much!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Yay for the $5 scarves! I love the Union Square vendor (right near the Whole Foods). I don’t know too much about what a real pashmina is – but the color selection is great and they keep me warm.
Post # 16
Yeah, I was going to chime in and say that I have some and think the quality is just fine. The only ‘giveaway’ for me is the little knots on the ends – it just looks a little low quality. But for $4 a piece it’s a great way to accessorize in the winter. And yes, you can get them on pretty much any street corner.