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Caring for cashmere and wool

By August 30, 2019 Uncategorized
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It’s that time of year again when the days grow shorter and the nights cooler. We start thinking about pulling out the woolies from storage and giving them a clean before wearing them. If you’ve ever wondered how to care for cashmere and wool fibres, we’ve gathered some information to give you some of our best tips to make cleaning your woolies easy and simple!

One of the most important things to remember is that cashmere and wool are natural hair fibres. This is often what makes them so luxurious and enjoyable to wear, but conversely as with any natural fibre, they are more susceptible to the elements and a little extra attention is needed in their care. Cashmere particularly, is delicate and many people simply dry clean these items. However, our cashmere and wool can be handwashed gently using a dedicated wool and cashmere wash such as this one from the Laundress. If you don’t want to purchase a special product, a normal hair conditioner that you would find in any chemist can also be used.

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Immerse your cashmere or wool in lukewarm water with a small splash of the wool wash or conditioner, squeezing gently to saturate the material. Avoid rubbing abrasively or wringing the item. Rinse in clean water until the water runs clear and then to dry your wooly, first lay it out flat on a large bath towel and then roll up the towel squeezing to allow the water to be soaked up. Lay your cashmere or wool flat on another dry towel to air dry. Do not wring it or lay it directly on a heat source.

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To store your cashmere or wool, fold it and place inside a garment bag or alternatively a pillow case will do. This allows the fibres to be more protected and away from moisture. Natural fibres are attractive to insects such as moths so placing cedar wood like this or lavender sachets inside the folds of your wooly will work to deter them.

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And that’s it. A little bit of care along the way is all it needs! While some might feel the above is a lot of bother for one item of clothing,  there is something to be said about having clothes that you know are high quality and deserving of the effort and care for the pleasure of wearing and treasuring something for years to come. We hope this has been helpful. Let us know how you get on!

 

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Your Fashion & Interiors Style

By July 19, 2019 FASHION, Uncategorized
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There is so much inspiration to be found for home decoration when browsing online.  The problem is, how do you decide what style to go with for your home?  To make the process of beautifying home interiors in a style reflective of who we are and what we want to express, we’ve turned to fashion. Style is such a personal thing. It doesn’t always follow trends (although it can definitely be influenced by it) and it doesn’t always make sense to others. There are many parallels between how one’s sense of fashion can inform choices for interior design. Both are hugely influenced by what you are drawn to in daily life and both take on board the function, mood, colour and a balance of proportion and details. So whether you’re a home decor veteran or someone just starting on an exploration of taste and style, here are our 3 tips on how to draw from your fashion style to truly express yourself at home.

 

1. Think about your lifestyle and personality

Do you prefer to be dressed in a comfortable and relaxed way or do you usually prefer to dress up and be more pulled together? Are you an extrovert – happy to be the centre of attention in a flowing red dress or are you an introvert or somewhere in between? What kind of activities do you enjoy in your leisure time? These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself to discover more about what fills you up and makes you feel like yourself. Use this information, when thinking about your home decor. The mood of a home can be a direct reflection of your personality and your typical fashion tastes.

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2. Your existing wardrobe gives hints to your interior design style

Take a look at your wardrobe. What sorts of colours are more prevalent? Are there lots of florals, geometric patterns or perhaps it’s a monochrome palette with solid, clean lines. Preferences in your clothing can provide a lot of information about where your tastes lie and what you might be more predisposed to in your home decor.

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3. Take note of other elements in your wardrobe

Jewellery is another important indicator of style and taste that can be woven into interiors. Do you lean towards silver or are you more of a gold and brass person. These tones can directly translate into finishings in interior design for example light fixtures or door handles. Also not to be overlooked are other accessories such as shoes and handbags. Do you love leather or natural fibres like rattan for your handbags? All of these elements are possibilities for the home- from leather pouffs to rattan and wicker furniture. Fashion broadens your horizon to the multitude of options that exist for the home.

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With these tips in mind, explore your style and feel free to draw from fashion and interior design styles interchangeably- this is one of the best parts of working with the two design forms. If you love the colour orange but just can’t bring yourself to wear it.. add orange as a pillow, a throw or an accent wall in your home. Or if you love a bold geometric print, but don’t want to commit to it in your home for the long term.. you can add this print into your wardrobe! The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to indulge in bold tastes in a temporary and transient way that sits very well with changes in your mood and tastes.

As a final note, sometimes a firm fashion style can spark a desire to explore its opposite. Your fashion style might be very clean and minimalistic but you feel drawn to bold colours and lush textures for the home. This is ok too. Go with it! Your home is a very personal and private space. Fashion has always been about encouraging experimentation and going with what feels good.  The same is true for interiors. Have fun and create the perfect space for you!

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