Who started it? Hongkonger Madeleine Thompson launched her cashmere label four years ago, rendering cool shapes onto easy-to-wear pieces in classic colours. Having studied law at university and after a stint in jewellery design, it was Thompson's search for pieces she could not find that helped carve out her niche.

Why we love it: Thompson gives all her pieces a bit of a twist. Simple cable-knit jumpers come with snakeskin printed or metallic elbow patches, beanies are adorned with sequins and classic V-necks have asymmetric hems. Her jersey dresses come full length and in beatnik-style stripes. Everything is done in super-soft cashmere and a neutral palette, with the odd brilliant pop of cherry red. The price tags won't break the bank, either.

What we'd pick: for an easy dress that's ideal for this time of year, the knee-length, striped A-line number (above; HK$3,295) is perfect. And, when it comes to travel, the large grey cashmere wrap (below left; HK$4,180) or the red Olivia jumper (below right; HK$3,295) would make even the most testing of flights more bearable.

Where you can get it? Madeleine Thompson is available at www.net-a-porter.com and www.my-wardrobe.com