SAMBURU is a subsidiary brand of Cecilia de Rafael, a lower priced economy line targeted for the younger generation. The general impression has been that you get CdR quality without the higher CdR brand price in lesser packaging. The Samburu hosiery line is quite small compared to the CdR brand, but there is a growing range of styles being offered.
I decided to sample a mid-range opaque style offered in the Samburu line; the Crys 80 3D. These tights come on a thick card stock hang tag with the material exposed, so you can see exactly what you’re getting. My order was rapidly fulfilled and quickly shipped from Hosieree.
Shown here in granate, extreme magnification
Cecilia de Rafael is a Spanish hosiery company. They are well known for their high quality patterned hosiery, and I’ve been impressed with their unique styles. They also make what appear to be good solid opaques. I decided to give their Jumbo 200 Denier opaque tights a try. Although CDR is from Spain, some of their hosiery is made in Italy, the Jumbo included.
“Deeply opaque and satin sheen” is the theme for this Picture of the Day.
Cecilia de Rafael – Uppsala 950 style
Talk about ultimately opaque! You won’t be seeing through these at all, even at the bending knee. They’re a very densely woven fabric of 80% nylon and 20% Lycra, with a satin sheen. I haven’t found out what the denier is, but the weight is 150g, so you know there’s a lot of material in these. Because they are so dense, manufacturing had to resort to a back seam up the legs. The seams are woven flat, so they should be comfortable. Cecilia de Rafael isn’t the only brand with tights like these. Platino came out with their own version that looks very similar, named “Luxe Fata“, except that they mention it is made of a Charmeuse yarn. It’s stated as 70 denier, so it must be a very tight weave because of the very opaque appearance. All I can say is, what a great way to brave the winter. 😉
Cecilia de Rafael – Silvia style
Stay tuned, as a Cecilia de Rafael review will be upcoming soon.