Wash Guide & After Care
Always follow the care instructions that are sewn into the side seam of all of our garments.
Each garment is different, and requires special care for its specific materials. Take care of them according to their needs, as listed on the garment care label, and they'll continue to look good – as will you – for a long time.
Special care for your cashmere knitwear
While dry clean is an option, Cashmere is a natural fibre which loves water and looks better after every wash, whether by hand or by machine. In the case of machine washing we recommend using a gentle cold water wash cycle and a low spin speed.
What if my knitwear starts to pill?
The natural characteristics of cashmere may cause your garment to pill. These small balls or 'pills' are caused by some of the loose fibre tangling together as areas of your garment are rubbed during wear. Pilling can be removed by hand or with a depilling knitwear comb. If cared for properly your cashmere garment will soften in handle and touch and improve with age.
To hand wash your cashmere knitwear, use cold or lukewarm water (35℃) using a small amount of cashmere shampoo or a similar wool wash. Massage the garment lightly. If stained, gently rub the area directly with detergent. Rinse by pressing softly without wringing or twisting. Excess water can be removed by rolling the garment in a towel on a flat surface and pressing gently.
We don't recommend using a machine to wash your cashmere but if you choose to then the following method will be the safest: Always make sure the ‘delicates’; ’wool' or 'hand' wash cycle is selected with a low spin speed. Only use a liquid detergent like a cashmere shampoo or a similar detergent recommended for Wool or Silk. Do not bleach. Do not use fabric conditioner.
If you opt to machine wash, you should consider inserting your cashmere in a Mesh Bag before washing for extra protection.
Smooth the garment back into its original shape and lay flat to dry. Dry naturally away from direct sunlight or other heat sources. Do not tumble dry. NEVER hang cashmere.
When dry, if required, turn garment in side out and press lightly with a cool iron or steam using a hand-held steamer from a slight distance.
Always clean your cashmere before storing them away. Moths are especially crazy about dirty natural fibres. Fold all your clean cashmere and store them in a drawer. It’s always the best to store them with a natural moth repellent; Cedar balls, cedar chips, cedar cloves or sachets made with lavender oil are few of the natural moth repellent that you can use.
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Care for Garment Dyed Pieces
There will be natural colour fade during wear and washing with garment dyed pieces. To reduce colour fade, wash and dry garment inside out. Care must be taken to avoid colour rub onto light coloured fabrics and upholstery
For darker coloured garments, please avoid contact with light coloured fabrics and upholstery as there may be some colour rub.
When washing, separate your wash into whites, darks and colours to reduce the risk of colours running.
General Care Guides
Some cotton jersey materials can stretch in the wash. Use a steam iron to bring your garments back to form.
Give your whites, darks and colours the special attention they need. Wash each colour group separately
Wash garments with contrast trims or panels separately, especially your blacks and whites. The fabrics have been designed to be washed together, but may absorb dye from other garments
Cold water is best as it washes well and is great for your clothes. Hot water can cause shrinkage when you least expect it!
Never leave garments on the line all day in blazing sunlight. This will cause fading especially in garment dyed pieces. Silk should always be dried in the shade.
Never tumble dry a garment unless the label says it’s okay. Tumble dryers are the most efficient destroyer of garments that are not designed to be tumble-dried. The tumble dryer will cause your knit fabrics to pill.
When Ironing always keep the heat down low with delicate items, and always follow the instructions on your garment to avoid damage.
Some things are best left to the professionals. Dry cleaning instructions are specific to a style or material, and your garment's care label will tell you what it needs.
Cottons and Linens
Natural fibres can shrink by up to 5% on the first and second wash, even more so in the tumble-dryer. So, adjust hems, and other alterations after the first two washes. Dark colours like navy and black will often give off dye in the first few washes, so keep these garments separate from the others. Similarly, red will always “bleed” in the wash, so once again wash separately for the first few washes. When handwashing natural fibres, use mild soap and do not let the garment soak. Dry using the spin cycle on the machine to remove excess water.
We always recommend Dry Cleaning for our silks and silk chiffons. Silk chiffons should only be washed as an emergency. Only give the garment a gentle “swish” around. Rinse gently under the tap, squeeze out excess water and place the garment (by itself) around the bowl of the washing machine and spin for about a minute. The garment can then be placed on a plastic hanger to dry and should require little, if any, ironing when dry. (Remember that the spin in the machine is only for a minute or so, and the garment must be placed around the bowl - not in a ball).
As a general rule, wools do not wash and should be dry-cleaned. As a rescue remedy, sponge soiled areas with cool water and mild detergent and remove excess water with a tea towel. Never tumble-dry wools!
TIP: A good old airing will revive wools. Where there is a slight draught, put the garment on a hanger, and hang from the door architrave.