A Cashmere Company Rooted in Burrillville

America’s economy has always been reliant on the success of its small businesses, and I find this to be especially true here in Rhode Island. The Alashan Cashmere Company in Burrillville embodies this truth and is a perfect example of a Rhode Island small business success story.

I visited Alashan in April and was immediately impressed by the amount of cashmere clothing and accessories designed and distributed in their facility. The company has been importing, designing and distributing the high-fashion product since 2004. The founder and owner, Donald Fox, is a master of his trade, learning his skills from prior years in the cashmere industry. When the time was right, Donald jumped at the chance to start his own company and now Alashan has grown from Donald’s basement to a 14,000 square foot facility, distributing products throughout the United States and abroad. Donald is hopeful that further expansion is in the company’s not-so-distant future. It is success stories like this that shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the move and gives me optimism moving forward.

And finally, I would be remiss if I did not offer my congratulations to Donald and the Alashan team for receiving a 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. As the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members, this award is just one example of Alashan’s strong commitment to the community and its employees.

It is success stories like this that shows Rhode Island’s economy is on the move and gives me optimism moving forward.