China’s Cashmere Leader Consinee Flexes High-Fashion Muscle

China’s largest spinner and exporter of cashmere yarn CONSINEE showcased fashion capabilities

At the iconic Cipriani banquet hall on the evening of July 17, CONSINEE GROUP, China’s largest spinner and exporter of cashmere yarn, held its spectacular runway fashion show for the second year in a row. A large industry presence of over 400 fashion insiders attended, including representatives from myriad leading U.S. and Europe fashion brands, as well as many of the most influential textile and fashion industry leaders worldwide.

The show’s 200-foot U-Shaped runway, set up beneath Cipriani’s 70-feet dome, saw 88 ready-to-wear looks presented, each of which had been knitted from CONSINEE’s premium cashmere yarn. The show’s production team — with over a decade’s experience of producing New York Fashion Week shows and some of the world’s most high-end fashion events — drew from extensive past collaborations with various global fashion brands and spent months on the venue’s overall elaborate design and four full days setting up the classical yet complicated marble background stage.

CONSINEE Fashion Show

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Taking place in the elegant Greek Revival Cipriani venue that once served a bustling historical commercial exchange, the CONSINEE show served up a visual feast entitled “STITCHED IN TIME” for fashion industry insiders from all over the globe.

CONSINEE Group, founded in 1999, is located in the beautiful coastal city of Ningbo, China. Through nearly 20 years of continuous growth and innovation, CONSINEE Group is now the biggest exporter of cashmere yarn in China and in that country is the only large textile yarn manufacturer that uses a new imported automation assembly line. In 2017, CONSINEE Group, in cooperation with Siemens, became the only enterprise in the textile industry to build a fully intelligent digitization system served by unmanned aerial vehicles.

CONSINEE Group is now the biggest exporter of cashmere yarn in China

CONSINEE Group produces and sells nearly 10,000 tons of high-grade yarns and fabrics annually, including cashmere and other natural raw materials, of which 100% cashmere yarn exceeds 2,000 tons, accounting for 20% to 25% of the world’s pure cashmere raw material production.

With constant color-changing lighting, and music that was, at turns, sometimes mysterious and classical, sometimes cheerful and lively, the nearly 100 looks of garments, designed by the award-winning knitwear designer Steven Oo with CONSINEE’s fine yarn, were presented to various fashion brands’ representatives and fashion insiders to grant the attendees the opportunity truly to experience CONSINEE’s most advanced manufacturing technique and the different styles from three different lines—CONSINEE, TOPLINE, and ICCI—as well as to help them intimately to understand CONSINEE’s full-range of ready-to-wear and luxury cashmere yarn capabilities.

As China’s most prestigious cashmere yarn company, CONSINEE Group has been working with hundreds of leading global fashion brands for the past twenty years, including RALPH LAUREN, CALVIN KLEIN, BURBERRY, HUGO BOSS and MAX MARA. The top luxury brands CHANEL and Hermès also appear on the CONSINEE client list.

CHANEL and Hermès also appear on the CONSINEE client list

2019 is a milestone for CONSINEE. The largest spinner and exporter of cashmere in China, joined hands with Siemens and co-invested 80 million U.S. dollars to build the industry’s first intelligent “black light” digital unmanned workshop that is now successfully in production.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the CONSINEE, it became the first Chinese company to be selected as the finalist of the Italian PITTI FILATI yarn show. As the world’s leading luxury yarn club, PITTI FILATI attracts the world’s top designer brands, buyers, and fashion leaders from all around the globe every year. This grants CONSINEE access to present some of their best-quality cashmere yarns to an international clientele as a key player in all the world in the high-end luxury goods industry.

Out of every five to six cashmere items sold in the world, one is made from CONSINEE’s yarn. But CONSINEE did not stop here. In addition to its efforts in sustainable development, advanced green manufacturing, and production automation, CONSINEE Group also launched the “Three-year 1.5 Billion Yulin District Poverty Reduction Strategy Cooperation” project to carry out high-quality cashmere purchasing and storage activities on a grand scale. In the meantime, CONSINEE Group also launched the “A Thousand Elites Program,” which plans to help support 1,000 children who demonstrate excellent academic performance for 20 years.

Entitled “STITCHED IN TIME,” the 2019 runway show marked the second consecutive year that CONSINEE Group has come to New York with its most beautiful and elaborate designs. Boris Xue, CONSINEE Group’s chairman, proudly explained that every single stitch, every single line speaks for the brand image and reputation of CONSINEE.

“Even though the runway show only lasts for a few dozen minutes, we hope that hundreds of our industry friends from Europe and the United States can see that Chinese companies like CONSINEE devoted great efforts in pursuing excellence in every single stitch, every single line and every single product with decades of continuing hard work. The show ‘STITCHED IN TIME’ condenses all the efforts of every CONSINEE employee. And these efforts and our high-quality yarn are woven together, like a journey through time,” said Xue. “I hope that our spirit of pursuing excellence and manufacturing high quality Chinese products will be as timeless and eternal as time.”

It’s like a journey through time,” said Boris Xue

CONSINEE Group attaches great importance to sustainable development and was the first textile company in China that recognized the importance of sustainable development and devoted great effort in researching and promoting sustainable renewable raw materials.

“CONSINEE is proud to have been the very first textile company in China that introduced a recycled production line from Italy, which enables us to make full use of the wastage from the spinning and production process and the unsold products in the market and produce 200-500 tons of high-grade natural recycled yarns annually,” said Sherry Xue, one of the project managers for this year’s CONSINEE fashion show in New York. “CONSINEE is also the first enterprise to advocate conscientious caring for animals and protection-pasture plants, and it serves as vice president organization and one of the sponsors of ICCAW, the international cooperation committee for animal welfare.”

CONSINEE Group is also one of the key members of WAP—World Animal Protection. It has recently been earnestly promoting the development of organic cashmere and has also been certified as the leading organic textile manufacture in China by ECOCERT.

It’s well known that the CONSINEE dyeing factory, as part of China’s leading green factories and green manufacturing companies, successfully built the industry’s first intelligent dyeing manufacturing line five years ago, introducing new advanced dyeing technology and production equipment from Italy. It has established an integrated management system for intelligent control of the dyeing process, automatic transportation of dyes and additives, high-standard sewage treatment, and water reuse. It’s the first model enterprise in China to realize intelligent dyeing of high-end wool products such as loose fiber, wool top, and skein.

Meanwhile, CONSINEE teamed up with Siemens and the Italian OUBEN Group, which brings with it more than 100 years of history in dyeing equipment production and technical supporting service, to realize the unmanned automatic operation of the whole process of opening, transporting, loading, locking, pressing, dyeing, dehydrating, unloading and drying of raw materials. At the same time, based on intellectualization, digitization, the technology of unmanned and black light, CONSINEE fully optimizes eco-friendly production –namely the use of heat recovery and the reuse of industrial water. The use, recycling, and utilization of natural green energy can reach above 60%. The total energy consumption and emissions of the plant will be reduced by more than 30%. The success rate of automatic color matching and dyeing will soon reach 100%. After the project is executed, it is estimated that the new capacity will exceed 4,000 tons annually, and the dyeing capacity of the entire dyeing plant will exceed 10,000 tons.

Xue said that through such a large-scale presentation involving both the Chinese and American fashion industries, he hoped to present CONSINEE’s devotion and determination in continually pursing excellence and to show industry friends and clients from all over the world that CONSINEE’s high-end cashmere yarn products are bringing a variety of possibilities to the global fashion industry for sustainable win-win cooperation.


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