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Fabric Guide

Cotton

Cotton

Cotton is one of the most in-demand fibres in the world and renowned for its many benefits. Like no other fibre, cotton is long-lasting, easy-care, super soft, moisture absorbing and temperature regulating - to mention just a few perks of this super-fibre.

Pima Cotton: Pima cotton is known to be the queen of cotton - and really deserves its glamorous title. Pima cotton is classified as extra-long staple cotton, which refers to the length of the individual cotton fibres. The result: a luxurious and soft fabric that is stronger than any other, resisting wrinkling, fading and fraying.

Care Advice: Save time in the laundry room by drying your clothes in the tumble dryer, setting your dryer to "easy iron". Simply air-dry afterwards - because life's too short for laundry, right?

Down

Down

Down jackets and coats really are the perfect winter warmers. But what is it that makes them especially warm? Down jackets and coats are insulated with the soft and warm under feathers from geese or ducks. Compared to their outer feathers, down feathers have a round cluster called a plumule. Thousands of tiny fibres radiate from this soft and airy core, trapping the heat and therefore making it a powerful insulator, keeping the wearer exceptionally warm.

Synthetic Down: Inspired by nature. The warmth that down feathers provide is unlike any other fibre, but microfibre does come quite close. Microfibre is a synthetic alternative to down and is similar to it in touch and feel, but a lot more of it is needed to achieve the same warmth and protection. Therefore, microfibre coats and jackets are usually heavier than those filled with real down feathers. So why even entertain the idea of microfibre? Well, one of the perks of microfibre is that it is machine washable. And while you can save on dry-cleaning costs, you can also save money when buying a coat or jacket as they are usually cheaper than down feather ones.

Care Advice: Down jackets and coats should be dry cleaned to keep the down feathers soft and airy. Occasionally, downs can be spun in the washing machine with a tennis ball, helping the jacket or coat to return to its full loft.

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere is synonymous with luxury and one of the most sought-after fabrics in the world. Renowned for its insulating and superbly soft finish, it is no surprise that cashmere is one of the most valuable natural products used in the fashion industry today. Cashmere is made from the soft fleecy undercoat of the cashmere goat, designed to insulate and protect the goats from the harsher climates of Mongolia, China and Iran, where they are usually found. There is a breed of cashmere goats from which the silky fibres are often crafted from, however, it can be taken from any herd as long as their hair is fine enough to make the cut - that is usually 19 microns. In comparison, a human hair is three times as thick!

Care Advice: Air-drying overnight allows the fabric to be restored to its former glory. To remove stains hand wash using hair shampoo or a specialist wool detergent.

Leather

Leather

It is no surprise that mankind seems to be universally drawn to goods made of leather. No other material is as tough and durable as real leather. Moreover, leather is in fact skin, so it is naturally breathable, water repellent and retains warmth, so the wearer stays warm and cosy. Since leather is a natural product, every piece is different and has individual characteristics which show the natural charm and beauty of real leather and its uniqueness.

Nappa Leather: With its luxuriously soft touch and feel, Nappa leather is an absolute premium product. This smooth leather is usually minerally tanned and then gently dyed in aniline, preserving its natural effects, whilst also guaranteeing a deep luscious hue.

Suede: This variety of leather has a luxuriously soft and velvety grip. The difference to Nappa leather is simply its different finish. Additionally, it is lighter and less durable than Nappa leather, making it perfect for high-quality accessories and clothing.

Care Advice: Before you wear your new suede piece for the first time, we recommend applying leather protection spray to help repel dirt and prevent stains from forming. A thin application of suede sealant usually lasts for a couple months.

Linen

Linen

Linen, a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant, is a natural fibre that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years. With its many attractive properties, it is no surprise that linen has stayed at the forefront of fashion. Linen is especially known for its absorbency. But that’s not all. It is also incredibly durable, breathable, lightweight and able to retain heat very effectively.

Especially in summer, clothing made from linen is irreplaceable, thanks to the weave allowing a better airflow over your body. And last but not least - it is super soft to the touch.

Care Advice: Wash your favourite linen item by using the delicate cycle of your washing machine. Refrain from drying linen in the tumble dryer. Instead, hang it up or lay flat when still damp, to avoid the linen becoming stiff. There is usually no need to iron linen, but if you enjoy ironing, do it while the fabric is still damp.

Silk

Silk

Silk - the queen of all fabrics and widely regarded as the most luxurious material in the world. Silk has a long tradition, originating in ancient China. Considering its time-consuming and delicate production it is no surprise that this costly fabric has long been reserved for kings and queens only. Silk is produced by the silkworm, which is fed Mulberry leaves. After the worm hatches, it begins to spin its cocoon. Each cocoon yields 1.000 yards of raw silk thread, which is then spun to produce one yarn of silk. And this delicate process really is worth it, since the feel of silk is like no other: smooth and luxurious, making it the perfect fabric for elegant dresses or lingerie. This luxurious fibre really is reserved for those special moments.

Care Advice: It is best to wash your silky gem by hand in the sink, by simply filling the basin with cool or cold water. Our top tip: instead of adding detergent, add a tablespoon of vinegar to help keep the precious colour. Afterwards, we recommend drying silk on a padded hanger over the bathtub to drip dry. Please never wring or put your silk items in the tumble dryer and refrain from drying them in the sun as this accelerates fading.

Wool

Wool

Similar to many other fibres, wool has been around for thousands of years and is another powerhouse fibre, boasting many attractive properties. It is an animal fibre that is obtained from sheep and other animals such as goats and camels. It is a natural insulator, keeping the wearer warm and cosy, is super breathable, resists wrinkling, and is resilient and elastic, comfortably stretching with the wearer. Last but not least it is perfect for every season, since wool constantly reacts to the wearers’ body temperature.

Merino Wool: Exceptionally warm and super soft – Merino wool truly is a wonder-fibre, packed with many high-quality benefits. Merino wool is naturally non-itchy, feels soft and lightweight on the skin, regulates your body temperature and soaks up moisture to keep you dry. Moreover, it is renowned for being odour resistant and breathable, providing exceptional comfort and a luxurious feel. It is simply an all rounder protecting you in colder climates but also remaining breathable in warm weather.

Care Advice: Merino wool naturally resists odour and stains, so there is no need to wash your items as often as synthetics. However, if you have to, hand wash your favourite Merino wool item using a gentle wool detergent. Soak for a couple of minutes before rinsing in lukewarm water. Please never tumble dry your knitwear, but always leave to air dry by laying the garment flat, away from heat

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