Elaine Briggs – Cosi Scarves
Cosi founder, Elaine Briggs, a former Fashion and Creative Director who worked with British Vogue Brides, Italian Vogue Sposa & Bambini, The Observer, The Sunday Times amongst others in both the UK and Australia. In 2009, seeking a way of combining her upmarket skills and her ethical values in a meaningful business, Elaine founded Cosi. Strong family ties to the Himalayas led her to research the art of handweaving. Combining impeccable credentials and superlative quality, Cosi was the first luxury but ethical scarf brand at Paris Fashion Week A/W 2009.
Cosi is based on the solid values of natural materials and ancient craftsmanship. A lineage of artisan hand weavers, a tradition handed down over generations, creates something of great value, our master weavers are 4th generation weavers. By designing a collection of luxury, hand crafted pieces, Cosi aims to support the cultural heritage and skills of the high Himalayas. Cosi scarves, wraps and blankets are all hand woven and often hand spun from the finest Mongolian cashmere and yak wool.
Craftsmanship by nature is slow. Cosi weaves four pieces per day per weaver. More time means more sustainability. We combine top quality yarns, design and workmanship with social and environmental responsibility. We recycle all our water, we wash all our pieces with natural soap, we use eco friendly dyes. We are committed to ethical production, sustainability of the land and preservation of the small family business that is under threat.
The provenance of a hand-crafted piece created to last is here to see.
Petersham Nurseries chose the Cosi yogi cashmere scarves as part of our range of products. These scarves are hand woven by artisans on traditional pedal looms worked with both hands and feet. 100% pure Mongolian cashmere, the fibres are gently combed from the goats once a year. One goat produces enough fibre for one scarf per year, making this particularly precious.