Invest in a cashmere-friendly wool wash. Use sparingly and dissolve completely in cool to lukewarm water. Press suds through the sweater gently, soak for a few minutes, then rinse. Dry flat on a towel away from direct sunlight. Pilling is not a sign of poor quality. It is an inherent characteristic in even the most premium knitwear due to the length of the fibres in many of the yarns, and the finishing processes used to produce its beautifully soft texture. There are a few ways to minimise or remove pilling. Always wash garments inside out and avoid softeners. Remove pilling routinely by hand, with an electric de-piller or cashmere comb, after drying and just before ironing.
Cashmere should be neatly folded on a shelf, not a hanger. Before storing a cashmere piece make sure it is clean, so moths aren't attracted to it, de-pilled and packed away ready for the next season.
To help retain the look of your jeans, wash sparingly and always inside out in cold water - never use detergent with bleach. Denim is designed to last, but will fade over time. Dye may run during washing so always separate from light coloured clothing before laundering. Line dry inside out and warm iron on the reverse.
Leather is hard wearing and will last for a long time if cared for properly. Always hang your leather garments on a well-shaped or padded hanger as thin and poorly shaped hangers may stretch and warp the shoulder line. Do not hang in the sun as sunlight will bleach the colour and dry out the leather. If you get caught in a light shower simply shake out the moisture and hang the garment to dry in an airy space. Never place leather near a fire or radiator. When storing away opt for a soft cloth garment bag. Never store in a plastic bag or plastic garment bags as air cannot circulate and the leather will tend to dry out. Damp environments can also make the garment susceptible to mildew. If the leather requires cleaning we recommend using a reputable leather cleaner or specialist dry cleaner. Do not spray perfume onto your leather as it can affect the colour and finish which can be difficult to remove even when professionally cleaned.
Linen can be machine washed in cold or lukewarm water, but use a gentle cycle to avoid damaging the natural fibres. If the linen has been dyed remember to separate from light clothing before washing and use a cold cycle. It is best to iron linen clothes when they are still slightly damp. Always store linen garments in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
Never spray silk with perfume or deodorant and don't treat individual stains with water. Silk can be hand washed in cold to lukewarm water using a mild soap. To rinse, add to cold water mixed with a teaspoon of white vinegar, which will remove excess soap, soften the silk and restore its lustre. Silk is a delicate fabric and even more so when wet - never wring it dry. Wrap it in a dry towel to remove remaining liquid then gently roll out and straighten it. Always iron a silk garment inside out and on a low setting as high heat can easily damage the fragile fibres.
Our suede apparel is specially treated with suede spray protector to help maintain its overall appearance but can be susceptible to staining if not cared for correctly. Colours in suede can fade, so it is best stored in a dark area. Avoiding direct exposure to water or sunlight. Invest in a suede brush which can be used to clean and raise the nap of the suede. If you happen to get water on it, simply shake out the moisture and hang to dry in an airy space. Never place suede near a fire or radiator. Though this garment has been treated with suede protector spray, we suggest re-applying the spray once the garment is exposed to water or rain.
Always hang your suede garments on a well-shaped or padded hanger as thin and poorly shaped hangers may stretch and warp the shoulder line. When storing away opt for a soft cloth garment bag. Never store in a plastic bag or plastic garment bags as air cannot circulate and the suede will tend to dry out. Damp environments can also make the garment susceptible to mildew. If the suede requires cleaning we recommend using a reputable suede and leather cleaner or specialist dry cleaner. Do not spray perfume onto the garment as it can affect the colour and finish which can be difficult to remove even when professionally cleaned.
Tailoring is an intricate process so a certain amount of care is required to keep your suit, jacket or coat looking its best. Try not to wear tailored jackets two days in a row. This allows the fibres in the fabric to rest, helping the garment retain its shape. Fresh air and a good quality clothes brush is your best ally when it comes to keeping garments clean. Dry cleaning is great, but best kept to a minimum. That said you should always dry clean a seasonal garment before storing it for the next season. And certain stains need to be taken care of by a professional. Hanging tailored garments on the back of a chair or a door knob aren't going to help it retain its shape. Whenever possible hang your jacket or coat on a hanger, and hang trousers from their cuffs or folded over a hanger, which will help retain the leg creases.
Leather should be polished when required with a shoe polish in a matching colour and applied with a two-sided natural bristle brush. Apply a small amount with one side of the brush then polish vigorously with the other side until it shines.
New leather outsoles can be slippery for the first few wears but can be worn in by lightly scuffing the soles on a rough surface before wear.
Suede and Nubuck Leather
Taking good care of suede and nubuck is important as it is more susceptible to marks and stains. Invest in a suede-specific protective spray and always spray footwear before wearing.
Apply by holding shoes at arm length and spraying a light coating. To maintain the napped finish of the suede or nubuck, brush shoes in one direction with a suede brush following the nap, then re-apply the protective spray. For stubborn spots use an eraser to lift the mark then brush over the top with the suede brush.
To maintain your panama hat try not to pinch the front of the crown too much. Pick the hat up by the brim or by cupping the crown with an open palm.
If the hat becomes misshapen lightly steam it over a boiling kettle and then reshape by hand. A hairdryer can be used on a very low heat setting to dry it while you are holding its shape. To reshape the brim, iron at a low setting under a slightly damp cloth. The hat should then be placed over an appropriately shaped object such as a bowl and left to regain its shape.
Should your panama become dirty, try to remove dirt by lightly dusting with a dry cloth. If the mark is difficult to remove try a moist facial or baby wipe, but avoid soap and water. This should remove most marks although care should be taken not to rub the material too hard.