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Burberry Classic Cashmere Scarf
How to Spot a Real Burberry Scarf
There’s no denying that Burberry’s signature house check has made a comeback. With logo fever going strong, the pattern has resurfaced on everything from anoraks and trousers to turtlenecks and hats, and every piece feels fresher than ever. But it hasn’t been a go-to pattern from the outset — according to fashion legend, the check was first used in 1924 exclusively for the coveted trench coat’s lining. It was not until 1967, when the Paris store’s manager turned one inside out to spruce up a display window, that the famous check made its actual debut. The story goes that after customers became enamored with the pattern, Burberry began producing umbrellas featuring the check. One thing led to another, and soon the iconic Burberry scarf was born.
With temperatures dropping and the classic check already dancing in our heads, we thought it was time to log the winter staple in our authenticity book. Read on for our expert team’s advice on spotting the real deal.
Burberry Scarf Materials
The first Burberry scarves were produced only in cashmere, but over the years the house has created scarves in wool, silk and other assorted fibers. If you’re uncertain of a scarf’s authenticity, feel the cashmere; it should feel soft, felted and buttery. The brand’s classic cashmere scarves will have a bit of weight to them, so beware of any inferior materials that feel thin or suspiciously light.
Burberry Scarf Construction
Many Burberry scarves are woven on traditional Scottish looms and should be expertly finished. If any scarves are finished with serging, that’s a tell-tale sign it’s not authentic. The fringe should be twisted and self-finishing. If any of the fringe is unraveling, it may not be a genuine Burberry scarf.
Burberry tags — if not removed by previous owners or missing due to wear — should be affixed by fine, even stitches. When our experts see a tag attached with monofilaments, fishing line or invisible thread, it’s always a red flag. Traditionally, if the scarf has a navy blue tag, there should be navy thread attaching the label to the scarf.
Burberry Scarf Brand Identifiers
If a scarf still has its brand tag attached, there are a number of key things to look out for. Lambswool scarves will likely have a navy blue rectangular tag with a shiny finish sewn one inch offset from the bottom corner. These tags will likely read “Burberry London” and include the fiber content and country of origin. Many scarves will have a cream-colored or off-white tag instead of the traditional navy blue, depending on when and where it was made.
The majority of Burberry’s scarves are produced in England and Scotland, but if you purchase scarves from a Burberry outlet or another country, they may be manufactured in places such as Turkey and China. For a period of time, Burberry included a white tag beneath the navy brand tag with more information that was designed to be removed after purchase, so some tags may not include a country of origin.
If you spot a tag in another language, there’s no need to panic at first glance. Many countries require fiber content and care instructions in their national languages, so sometimes manufacturers will include this information in a language other than English.
Burberry scarves come in many different dimensions, fabrication types and colorways, so while the standard camel house check will be accented with black and red, riffs on the traditional scheme abound. Whether you’ve got the traditional house check, the Nova check or another variation, however, the pattern will always be the same.
The trademarked Burberry check is a plaid traditionally consisting of three black evenly-spaced stripes intersecting at a 90-degree angle. There are two rows of horizontal stripes and two rows of vertical, with a perfect square of negative space between them and a red accent stripe. Counterfeits often attempt to emulate the check, so if you spot any scarves with four black stripes or two red accent stripes, for example, chances are it’s not genuine.
A Brief History of Burberry
Burberry was established by its namesake, Thomas Burberry, in 1856 with a simple mission: to protect people from British weather. A few years later in 1879, Burberry developed gabardine fabric which, at the time, was a breakthrough in terms of weatherproofing fabric. Gabardine cotton is a traditional fabric used even in trench coats today, and Burberry is closely associated with the trench coat.
In the 1920s, for the first time, Burberry trademarked their signature checked lining. Many call it Nova Check, though Burberry themselves call it “Vintage Check” today. Basically, it’s a traditional checked pattern with a beige or camel-colored background and black-and-white plaid on top, as well as a red windowpane. Today, Burberry calls the base color “archive beige.” Just like many other heritage brands, Burberry has moved away from offering functional items and toward being a high-fashion brand. Because of that, Burberry uses their trademark check for branding all over the place. They also have an interlocking “B” branding, but it’s far less iconic than the Nova Check.
In my opinion, most of Burberry’s fashion-forward clothing and accessory lines today are a far cry from their elegant past. Nevertheless, the Burberry check is still synonymous with Burberry as a brand. Today, you can find this check plastered all over sneakers, handbags, scarves, and even overcoats. In fact, you can even find shirts, wallets, and shorts in Nova Check plaid. While the Burberry check used to be a hidden detail on the inside that wasn’t visible to the wearer, it’s now on the outside and it’s screams to everyone “Look at me, I can afford this.” That being said, the classic Burberry scarf with a Nova Check is one item that could still be worth having in your wardrobe, because it has such an iconic design on a small, quality item.
The Burberry Check Scarf
As we always do, we wanted to buy the most iconic and traditional version of the scarf–that meant a classic pattern in their “archive beige” color-way. As it turns out, what Burberry calls the “classic check” is, in fact, an oversized check that comes in 33 different color-ways. What we wanted, though, was something more appropriate for gentlemen; this was the “classic vintage check.” Unfortunately, that one only comes in nine color-ways, not including the archive beige. We picked a scarf that was as close to that color as possible, which is called “antique yellow.”
In my mind, both background colors are camel colors. Frankly, I was surprised I couldn’t find the original-scale scarf in the traditional color scheme, but that just shows to me that Burberry doesn’t care all that much about their heritage anymore. Honestly, a glimpse through the men’s cashmere scarf section on the Burberry website confirms that; there are a lot of designs out there, not much classic stuff. Burberry offers a range of different scarf materials, and we went with the king of scarf materials, cashmere. On the website, it retails for $470. We got ours at Bloomingdale’s, which is an official retailer of Burberry scarves, for $430.
These days, Burberry scarves are heavily faked; because of that, you can find a lot of tags in the scarf. There’s one regular tag, two care tags, and one hand tag. Fake Burberry products often have issues with the details–maybe the R on the tag is not quite like the one on the original, or there’s no serial number. On this original Burberry scarf, you have the little hang tags and you can see that Burberry bears the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Prince Charles.
While going through their product description on the website, unsurprisingly, Burberry provides very little detail about the scarf. We learned that it’s 168 centimeters by 30 centimeters, which is 66.1 inches by 11.8 inches wide. Frankly, for men, that is quite short, especially if you want to wear it as a sling around your neck. In terms of weight, there’s no information but we weighed the scarf and it just comes in under 150 grams, which is about 5.25 ounces. It says the scarf is made of 100% cashmere, but as we learned in our Cashmere Explained guide, not all cashmere is alike.
Where It’s Made
If you dig through their FAQ, you’ll learn that they’re made in Scotland at two historic mills, one in Elgin and one in Ayr. Unfortunately, Burberry doesn’t tell you exactly what manufacturer makes each scarf, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that in Elgin, there is a manufacturer called Johnstons of Elgin. I watched one of Burberry’s videos which describes how their scarves are made, and the Johnstons of Elgin factory is depicted. On the other hand, in the Scottish Ayr, there’s a company by the name of Begg & Co which also produces high quality cashmere scarves. My guess is that Begg and Johnstons of Elgin are the two producers for Burberry scarves.
Both producers have been making and weaving cashmere for over 150 years, and they’re known for their high quality. Because of the reputation, they’re likely also more concerned about the quality they put out. Frankly, I was a bit surprised to read on the Burberry website that the scarf was treated with teasels to create that soft finish known from a good cashmere scarf. You can see it utilized in their video, and that’s certainly an added production step that is more expensive. That being said, Johnstons of Elgin and Begg both use teasels in their finishing process. Unfortunately, what they don’t share in that Burberry video is the origin of the cashmere, the quality of it, the staple length, or the thickness.