Garment Care Guide
We recommend hand-washing all of our garments to keep them in the best shape possible. In case you are a hand-washing newbie or if you want a refresh, here's a quick walkthrough:
- Fill up a sink or basin with cool/cold water.
- As it's filling up, add a tablespoon or so of fabric detergent (you don't need much). We recommend you choose a detergent that works on delicates and that is free of optical brighteners, chlorine, phosphates and fragrance.
- Once the sink is filled, add your garment and thoroughly swish it around. Depending on how dirty it is, you can leave it in the sink for up to 30 minutes, swishing it occasionally.
- Drain the sink, and refill it with cool/cold water. If the item you're washing is delicate, make sure you aren't shooting water directly on the garment as you're filling up.
- Swish the garment around, and drain the sink again. You can do another rinse if your item is extra dirty or if you added too much soap, but it shouldn't be necessary.
- Gently squeeze your garment. You want to remove as much water as you can without wringing or twisting. The item should still be dripping wet, but not waterlogged.
- Lay your garment flat on a towel. Roll the towel and the garment up into a roll, gently squeezing as you go, like a burrito.
- Unroll the towel and proceed to drying your garment
Our garment labels say "Air Dry," but that doesn't mean you have to string all your clothes in the backyard old school style. Clotheslines work great, but for smaller spaces I recommend a foldable clothes-drying rack. Once you're done squeezing the extra water out after handwashing, hang up your clothes and the air will do the rest. Note: clothes will dry a lot faster if they're in a sunny or otherwise well-lit spot. For more delicate items, or for any item where you're worried around maintaining its shape, such as a sweater, you can do a flat-dry by placing the garment over on top of a towel on the drying rack, blocking it in the shape of your choice. Once the top is dry, turn the garment over to give the bottom side some air. Our dresses, pleated pants and skirts can be hung up on a hanger to air dry.
Ironing, Pressing, and Steaming
If you are using an iron, make sure your iron has adjustable heat for different types of fibers, as well as a good steam function. We recommend ironing on medium heat (high heat will burn our wools) or just steaming the garment on the hanger. For all of our pleated pieces, just hang them up and let gravity to the work to set your pleats.