Top quality mohair recognised

Cindy Preller

JAMES Bond might wear a blazer made from Aberdeen goats’ angora one day.

This seems like an unlikely combination but the Dunhill Camdeboo pure mohair blazer is described as “one of the must-have articles for any gentleman” by British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill.

The sophisticated men’s fashion brand, with retail emporiums in London, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, has occasionally provided various accessories for the cinematic James Bond throughout the silver screen series.

Alfred Dunhill, which was formed in 1893, yesterday recognised the South African Camdeboo producers’ commitment to providing quality mohair for this line of blazers by presenting an Aberdeen farmer with an award for the best quality mohair by a Camdeboo member.

Charles Fitzhenry from AC Fitzhenry & Son, farming in the Aberdeen district, said he felt honoured to be given this award. “This is really a very prestigious award. We are well blessed with good weather, animals and staff who strive to produce the best mohair in the region. It also takes years of directive breeding to achieve such high quality mohair.”

Fitzhenry and other Camdeboo Mohair farmers were judged on the samples delivered throughout the summer clip season and according to Camdeboo Mohair managing director Paul Michau the winner also received a minted medal as well as his own blazer.

Fitzhenry said if his winning blazer, retailing at $1650 (R16 299), was completed in two weeks’ time, he would wear it to the international Mohair Summit in Jansenville during the awards dinner. The blazer is crease resistant and ideal for both hot and cold climates due to the unique quality of the mohair fibre, making it the ideal travel jacket.

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