A Back Bay organization that represents companies around the world that make cashmere garment manufacturers around the world today sued Amazon and a New Jersey company it accuses sells acrylic scarves as “100% cashmere.” .
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, the Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute said it purchased 14 allegedly Scottish cashmere scarves from Amazon and found that they were in fact not made in Scotland and that ‘they were 100% acrylic, which the institute scoffs at “a petroleum-based synthetic fiber that is much cheaper, cooler and more flammable than cashmere, and contains harmful chemicals such as dimethylformamide and acrylonitrile which are not present in cashmere ”.
The institute is asking a judge to order Amazon and the third-party vendor to stop advertising non-cashmere products and pay damages under Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.
Normally, Boston is not associated with cashmere, and even less with camel hair, but the institute is headquartered on St. James Avenue, at the other end of the world from the Mongolian and Manchu steppes where farmers raise goats that produce cashmere.
Uxbridge, via I-495, however played a key role in the American cashmere industry, when in 1820 John Capron built the first electric woolen mill in the United States, which he used to make products. in cashmere and cashmere blend. Bachmann Uxbridge Worsted Corp. which developed on the site eventually became one of the largest wool manufacturers in the country.
Complete complaint (5M PDF).