Article written by Joseph V. Amodio Special to Newsday on February 17, 2017.
"Pine Cashmere, which launched this year in Carlsbad, California, donates a portion of profits to a Mongolian dialysis center, which provides health care and education. “We spent time in the countryside, ate with the people, met some of the herders,” says Stephen Tokarz, who founded Pine Cashmere with his wife, Zula, a Mongolian native. “There’s a lot of love in their labor. Every season, wherever the goats go, the herders pack up their home and follow.”
For Zula Tokarz, who grew up in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, their efforts are a way to get back in touch with her roots. “My dad grew up in the middle of nowhere, chasing goats,” she says. “He’d send us kids to the countryside, starting in first grade. I’m a city girl, and was resistant at first. But the area is so beautiful — it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”