A lot of our garments are made from luxurious natural fibres like wool, silk, and cashmere. Unfortunately, these are a very popular source of food for household moths, which are attracted to the keratin in the fibres. In order to best protect your garments, we advise storing in a breathable garment bag with a natural moth repellent like lavender or cedar. Other aromatic herbs and spices like bay, cloves and rosemary are also said to have insect repelling properties.
Knitted garments should never be hung, and should always be stored flat. Again, we recommend storing in a breathable garment bag with a natural moth repellent. We recommend dry cleaning knitwear as opposed to hand washing, to prevent garments becoming felted and distorted when wet. The natural fibres we use like wool and especially cashmere, are very soft and prone to pilling. This is a natural characteristic of the fibres. We recommend using a fine-tooth cashmere comb to gently remove any bobbles. Avoid wearing abrasive jewellery and accessories when wearing knitwear and other delicate fabrics.
We use a variety of different velvets in our collection, each with their own unique care instructions. To avoid crushing the pile, velvet garments should always be hung, and never folded. When hanging trousers and skirts on a peg hanger, always use a protective piece of fabric under the pegs to prevent impression marks. If not stored in a hanging garment bag, hang items inside out to prevent the pile collecting fluff in your wardrobe. We would advise using a padded or fabric hanger to prevent marking the shoulders of the garment.
Responsible dry cleaning
There are a few things you can do to minimise your environmental impact whilst dry cleaning.
- Take your own hanger with you
Your own hanger will undoubtedly be better for your garments than the standard metal wire type supplied by most dry cleaners, and by using a suitable hanger you can also forgo the cardboard commonly used around the shoulders of wire hangers.
Taking your own re-suable, breathable garment carrier is not only better for your clothes, but also reduces the consumption of single use plastic covers, most of which are only recyclable at larger retail stores, if at all.
- Choose your dry cleaner carefully
Traditional dry cleaning uses harsh chemicals which can be detrimental to the planet when improperly managed. We advise that all of our garments are cleaned on a delicate cycle, using less chemicals and heat than standard dry cleaning.
If you are in London, we recommend Blanc cleaners. They use innovative biodegradable detergents and liquid CO2 to clean garments in a way that is kinder to the planet.
Choose hangers carefully. Ensure your hangers are not too wide for the shoulders of your garment, and avoid thin wire hangers. For coats and jackets, use a hanger broad enough to adequately support the weight of the garment.
Always store and clean garments with all fastenings, i.e., zips and buttons, closed. This will help the garments retain their shape.
Prolong the life of your garments by regularly rotating your wardrobe to allow all items sufficient resting time. Steaming can refreshen clothes and also help kill bacteria between dry cleaning visits. Placing garments in the freezer can kill unwanted moth larvae and eggs which can sometimes be hidden in wool, cashmere and silk garments.