Paula Marron is a premier Irish designer of cashmere clothing with her brand Castanea. Cashmere wool is a fibre obtained from cashmere and pashmina goats. Castanea’s pieces are sourced from Nepal, they’re knit to shape and linked together by hand, with expert craftmanship. This meditative repetition produces a luxuriously soft touch to the end piece. It’s finer, stronger, lighter, softer and three times more insulating than sheep wool. Paula’s cashmere sweaters and knitwear brand are incredibly elegant, featuring in a range of colours to flatter every skin tone. With the proper care and treatment, cashmere sweaters last years and become better with age. In the overwhelming world of climate change, we love to support those who move away from fast fashion and anyone who helps the planet by producing high-quality, sustainable material. When you make a Castanea purchase, you’re supporting an Irish business but far beyond it: an ancient production that occurs on the other side of the world, brought to Ireland by Mrs Marron. Paula is a NCAD graduate with over a decade of experience in the industry who decided to make it on her own in fashion, to design these high quality sweaters that have been endorsed by the likes of Vogue Williams and Millie Mackintosh. They are available to purchase online on the Castanea website or with Castanea stockists of Havana (Dublin), Kalu (Naas), Samui (Cork) and Les Jumelles (Galway).