Breathing new life into cashmere is a large part of what we do and we like to think that we’re restoring the narratives of beautiful clothes and fabrics that have lost their way. Sustainability and shrinking landfills are at the core of our ethos, so naturally we want to make sure your cashmere looks great season after season. Cashmere has a reputation for being high maintenance, however with a few simple steps you can easily maintain that new cashmere feeling. Here’s how…
Washing + Drying
You can wash cashmere in several ways and while we always recommend washing it either by hand or at a trusted dry cleaners, you can also wash it in the washing machine on a wool or cool water setting. When washing by hand, you should also always use cool, clean water as well as washing your lighter colours first to prevent dye run.
Whether you’re washing by hand or in the washing machine, always use a specialist cashmere detergent and turn everything inside out before washing. If you do decide to use a washing machine, place your clothes into a washing bag to prevent them from tumbling about too much, causing pills.
Never dry your cashmere in a dryer and always leave it to air dry on flat service on top of a towel. This way gravity won’t cause it to lose its shape.
Bobbles or Pilling
Pilling or bobbling is a fact of life when it comes to cashmere and happens when the fabric rubs against another surface (like your skin!). Luckily there are a couple things you can do to remove them. This involves a de-bobbling machine which does exactly what it says on the tin. They’re available from a variety of retailers and are really great value for money, but ensure you don’t overdo it and remove unnecessary fibres (as it can be VERY addictive!).
Cashmere is so exquisite, moths like to lay their eggs on it and enjoy it as a summer snack, however, unlike your favourite Levis’, holes in a cashmere jumper don’t look quite as chic. Luckily there are several steps you can take to prevent moths from getting to your cashmere. These include;
Storing your cashmere in a sealable plastic bag or box between March and September. Moths lay their eggs in March and are at large throughout the summer months.
Always ensure you wash all your cashmere before storing it away, as dirt from wear smells absolutely lovely to moths.
Store your cashmere alongside lavender sachets or cedar wood balls as moths don’t like the smell. Be sure to replace them every year as their scent fades.
If you think moths have already got to your cashmere before you’ve had the chance to store it, simply fold it up and put it in the freezer for 48 hours, rewash it and store it away as planned.