Founded in Florence in 1972, the Malo company has become a leader in the production of high quality cashmere knitwear in just a few years. Unique and precious items come to life from the precious fibres, with rigorous attention to quality and tradition and to experimentation with new techniques and processes confirmed in every detail.
Malo has long been the custodian of that treasure which is beauty and elegance, aware of the fine craftsmanship of its workers. Its highly skilled team makes the development of new ideas and experimentation with new paths possible, ensuring a constant evolution in the creation of garments, with one common denominator: the promise of a superior product 100% Made in Italy.
This is Malo; a brand with an artisan focus, where passion and intuition are an integral part of the design process, from the sourcing of cashmere yarns to the spinning, from the dyeing to the knitting.
Luxury is invisible, an intimate and secret element that reveals itself in the search for shape, details and stitching. It is the intangible force of the Malo character that has evolved into a timeless elegance, as true passion does.
Malo's yarn details
Malo's yarn details
A soft merino wool poem, the smoothest “pacha cotton”, the divine “shi-silk” , the vicuña and the sofisticated cashmere.
Malo cashmere embodies tenderness. Exclusive and refined, versatile and sophisticated, it is the soul, matter, and mirror of Malo. This natural, light, and elegant fiber is the most versatile thanks to Malo’s modern technological solutions that optimize its aesthetic effects. A material gratifying to all senses, it is lightness par excellence, softness by definition, warmth in a natural state. The magic starts in inner Mongolia, where the fiber is gathered by hand when the indigenous breed of goat sheds its winter coat in early Spring. Malo’s yarn is created from the highest quality fiber, and is imported directly as raw material to be spun and dyed in the Malo factory in Italy. What distinguishes Malo Cashmere from so many others on the market is the quality measured at every single stage: from sourcing to production. For the customers, this means the softest, most sensual cashmere knits that wash well without excessive pilling, and have a tremendous lasting power. Malo cashmere is developed for a long and much loved life in our wardrobes and can be passed from father to son, from generation to generation, as a timeless item.
The vicuña is the national animal of Perù and one of only two wild South American camelids that live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is highly prized and very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every three years and has to be caught from the wild. When knitted, the product of the vicuña’s wool is incredibly soft and warm. The quality of vicuña wool has been recognized for millenniums. The Inca valued vicuñas highly for it, and it was against the law for anyone but royalty to wear vicuña garments. A vicuña only produces about 0.5 kg of wool a year, and gathering it requires a certain process. During the Incan Empire, vicuña wool was gathered by means of communal effort, called chacu, in which multitudes of people herded hundreds of thousands of vicuña into previously laid funnel traps. The animals were sheared and then released; this was only done once every three years. Incans believed the vicuña to be the reincarnation of a beautiful young maiden who received a coat of pure gold once she consented to the advances of an old, ugly king. Because of this, it was against the law for anyone to kill a vicuña or wear its fleece, except for Incan royalty. However, only under Incan rule and today were vicuñas protected by law. They were heavily hunted in the intervening period. By the time they were declared endangered in 1974, only about 6,000 animals were left. Today, the vicuña population has recovered to about 350,000, and although conservation organizations have reduced its threat-level classification, they still call for active conservation programs to protect populations from poaching, habitat loss, and other dangers. The fiber is so popular due to its warmth. Tiny scales on the hollow, air-filled fibers cause them to interlock and trap insulating air. Vicuñas have some of the finest and most delicate fibers in the world, with diameters of 12 microns fewer than those of cashmere. Since the wool is sensitive to chemical treatment, Malo lets vicuña products retain their natural color.
From the most noble fibers come unique and special luxuries. Merino Wool, or ‘Gold from the Sky,’ is a tender luxury. It’s the pleasure of a pause, a winter’s dream, a path to travel with the heart. This special Malo wool is a gift from nature: a precious fiber obtained from Australia’s Merino sheep. Each specimen can produce up to 10 kg of very fine wool. This type of wool is particularly sought after because of its delicacy: the wool of a merino sheep is much thinner than the wool of a common sheep. Generally, a fiber with a diameter of 20 microns comes from a common sheep. Malo uses fibers from sheep carefully bred by Australian farmers for centuries, resulting in an average 14 micron diameter per fiber. The fiber is coated with tiny scales that give it powerful insulating properties and resistance to moisture. Merino wool’s protection against cold and moisture can be an effective and natural therapeutic remedy in cases of inflammation and pain. It does not irritate the skin and its natural antibacterial properties eliminate bad odors.
Malo cotton moves with softness, lightness, and warmth. Easy, subtle, and refined, this fine quality cotton comes from Giza and is ideal for warmer temperatures. Malo’s Pacha cotton is the “queen” among the varieties of Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton has been known for centuries for its value. In 1820, Pacha cotton was produced for the first time thanks to Mohammed Ali Pasha, the founder of modern Egypt. Thanks to the unique ingredients offered by nature, the fertile land along the Nile and the delta region are the only climatic conditions that can produce this delicate cotton. Despite this fineness, the resistance of Giza cotton remains high, at an average of 44.30 g/tex. From this combination of finesse and strength, the best yarn in the world is made.
The Silk of the Goddess, Malo’s silk evokes a poem or a magical tale. It is said that the birth of the Chinese silkworm originated with Empress Xi Ling Shi, but silk in China was probably produced as early as 3000 B.C. The silken robes that were once reserved for Chinese emperors became part of the wardrobes of society’s upper class, and soon expanded across borders as Chinese merchants brought silk to those who coveted its lightness and beauty. Malo’s special silk is a precious fiber, full of softness, brilliance, and a pleasant feel that make it the perfect companion for warm summer days.
The history of cashmere is that of a fusion of eastern and western cultures, beginning in Ancient Rome. From the Egyptian harbor of Barbarisum (now Karachi), many ships were leaving loaded with perfume, gems, spices and cashmere tunics. The latter were popular with the female half of the Roman aristocracy, but not many could boast a cashmere dress from their wardrobe – Persian weavers required three years just to make one such dress.
The history of cashmere is that of a fusion of eastern and western cultures, beginning in Ancient Rome. From the Egyptian harbor of Barbarikon (now Karachi), many ships were leaving loaded with perfume, gems, spices and cashmere tunics. The latter were popular with the female half of the Roman aristocracy, but not many could boast a cashmere dress from their wardrobe – Persian weavers required three years just to make one such dress.
Later, in the Napoleonic Era, cashmere became more prevalent in the drawing rooms and reception halls of European elite. During the Egyptian campaign of 1792, Napoleon’s soldiers took away the most valuable items from the Turkomen –Mamluks – cashmere shawls – which were then granted as spoils to top-ranking officers in the army.
In the era when ladies didn’t wear coats, these gracefully decorated articles were the most desired accessory to keep warm in the cold. In the mid 19th century, Honoré de Balzac wrote that the purchase of just one shawl could be compared to purchase of a carriage.
Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the bourgeoisie demand for cashmere increased and its production was moved from India to the European continent.
England, at the time benefiting from trade relationships with its colonies, became the center of European cashmere production. Up until the 1960s, there was no sweater, scarf or coat made from cashmere that wasn’t produced in England. This lasted until 1972, when someone decided to change the status quo.
Malo comes from the Latin “ego malo”, which means “I prefer”. The name refers to those who understand the difference between good cashmere and cashmere of the highest quality from the Italian brand Malo.
Skin, eyes, and hands can appraise the quality of fabric immediately. This cashmere is picked out manually with particular care and affection, selected for the whitest goat hair and the longest and finest fiber. Such cashmere is timeless.