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Cashmere - The perfect addition to your summer wardrobe

Over the years we have firmly established cashmere as the go to fibre for the colder months of Autumn + Winter due to its natural softness, cosiness and warmth. 

You may be surprised to know how easy it is to give our wonderful fibre an extended life through the hotter months due to its natural ability to keep you cool in warmer temperatures. 

Cashmere is a hollow fibre much like wool, however it is a great deal finer and lighter, enabling it to balance body temperature much like it does in its natural environment, ensuring that the animal it comes from does not overheat in the warmer temperatures. The lightness in weight makes it one of the most comfortable fibres to wear all year round.

As we head to the beach for the holiday season we don’t have to give up wearing cashmere. An oversized sweater or poncho can easily be worn over swimwear or your favourite beach slip as the sun sets.

Imagine this, you just walked in the door from a long day soaking up the sun at your favourite beach, you head to the shower to wash the salt and sand off your skin. You hop out of the shower fresh, clean and ready for your afternoon nap, only to slip into your Elle + Riley boyfriend shorts and drape one of our soft cashmere wraps over your shoulders and fall asleep in irresistibly light, breathable and silky cashmere. 

There are so many ways to add luxury lightweight cashmere into your summer wardrobe, from the pool lounger to cool summer nights and air conditioned offices you will find some of our favourite examples below.

Sienna Poncho

This poncho is the ultimate lightweight summer cover up. Combine it with a pair of linen or palazzo pants layered with our cream Nili Camisole underneath and you have an elegant look for your next sunny afternoon.

 

Boyfriend Shorts

Relaxed and comfortable these are a must have as the weather warms up. Our resort collection has the most loveable longline cashmere shorts. We love to style these with a crisp white t-shirt and a light blazer for an elevated brunch ensemble or coordinated with our Billie Boyfriend crew.

 

Izzy SS Polo top

Featuring tie front detailing with a softly structured collar and ribbed slimline fit. Style this with any of our E+R track pants or ribbed boy short, or glam it up with an elegant satin slip skirt for your next spring event and wait for the compliments to roll in.

 

Lottie Cardigan

Adorned with classic nautical stripes for the ultimate seaside mood. Throw over a summer dress or paired with your favourite linen shorts. Knitted from the finest Loro Piana cashmere, the Lottie Cardigan is available in limited quantities. 

 

Elle + Riley Father's Day || Justin Marshall

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 

Justin Marshall || Sportsman + Broadcaster and Father of 3

Justin Marshall is a name synonymous with Rugby Union all around the world.  An 81 All Black test veteran, in 2005 he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Justin remains our second most-capped halfback to this day, with his passion for the game still on display through his Sky TV commentary of All Blacks games and provincial rugby. 

Justin’s latest project is brewing beer, and he has taken the time provided through lockdown to hunker down in his garage and perfect his brew, which he has named “Boomfa” after his famous commentary call.
 
Now residing in Queenstown with his wife Nicolle and three children Lachlan, Fletcher and Lucia, we love seeing Justin’s on-field love of sport move to the side-line as he actively supports his kids sporting endeavours.

Justin wears the Spencer Sweater with Zip in Grey Marle. Lachlan, Fletcher and Lucia wear a selection of their favourite Elle + Riley Beanies.

 

Best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

 If you don’t get out of bed you will be late for work.

The one thing you want your children to learn that you didn’t.

Life has too much to offer and is way too short to sweat the small stuff. We tend to worry and stress over things that seem big at the time but ultimately in the bigger scheme of things they are not worth the hassle. Enjoy life, stay happy.  

What have your children taught you?

Have fun when it’s on your doorstep. The lawns, tidying up the house all those things can wait when there is so much fun to do right in front of you now.

 

Justin wears the Harrison V Neck in Camel

 

One piece of wisdom to pass on to your children.

If you don’t get out of bed you will be late for school.  Exactly what my Dad told me!

What’s the one thing your father would let you do and not tell your mother about?

Tradition demands you always have a cold beer after a game of golf!

What is your dream way to spend Father’s Day?

On a sun lounger in Fiji.  Also involved would be Bluff Oysters, a boat and of course all with my awesome kids and lovely wife!

 

Elle + Riley Father's Day || Sam Jenkins

This Father's Day we celebrate some of our amazing Elle + Riley Cashmere family.

We sat down with some of our favourite New Zealand Dads, asking them what Fatherhood means to them.

 
Sam Jenkins || Entrepreneur and Father of 1 fur baby

Sam Jenkins is an ex-professional footballer having played for New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His playing career spanned across New Zealand, Germany and the US. After retiring young from football he worked in multiple corporate roles in New Zealand and London before settling down in Auckland in 2016.  

Currently, Sam works as the Head of Product for award-winning tech start-up Whip Around, and as General Manager of menswear subscription business, Asuwere. 

Sam and his fiancé, Elle became proud parents of their son and fur baby George in January 2020. He now lives in Ponsonby and if he’s not spending his time adventuring with these two he can be found working on his golf game at Muriwai, as he secretly harbours ambitions of one day making the professional ranks on the senior tour.

 

Sam wears the Spencer Sweater with Zip in Black

 

Favourite thing to do with your fur baby?

My regular afternoon walk with George around Westhaven whilst listening to a great podcast.

The best piece of advice your father ever gave you?

Dad always drummed into me the value of a good work ethic. Being a top sports coach he would often talk to me about how hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. This lesson has been paramount to all the success I’ve had firstly in sport and now in other areas of my life.

Best Movie or TV Sitcom father and why?

Without a doubt, it would have to be Newport Beach’s finest Sandy Cohen. Whether he’s dispensing heartfelt fatherly advice, setting up those around him to win or preparing a bagel breakfast, Cohen nails being a great father and husband.

 

 

What’s the one thing your father would let you do and not tell your mother about?

He would help me with my homework (sometimes he would even do some of it for me) so I could spend more time on the football field or in the cricket nets.

What’s better – a good ‘dad bod’ or a good ‘dad joke’?

Our CFO at work is not afraid to regularly drop terrible ‘dad jokes’ so I would have to side with a good ‘dad bod’ on this one. Especially when the dad is truly shameless and embraces it!

What is your dream way to spend Father’s Day?

Unfortunately my dad passed away in 2005, so my dream would be to be able to spend just one more fathers day with him. Since that isn’t possible it would be spending time with Elle and George, as well as plenty of facetime with my Mum who’s done an incredible job being a solo parent for my sister and I over the last 15 years. If I could be half the parent she's been to me then my children would be so lucky.