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Have you ever been in the situation where you’re wearing your favourite jumper when suddenly, you discover it has a hole? Uggh!! After months or even years of wear, it is relegated to the back of the wardrobe or worse yet, it goes straight into the bin. In an age of fast fashion and throwaway culture, this is too often the norm and as societies our waste from these practices has grown to an unsustainable rate.
We are firm believers that something worth buying is also something worth repairing. We were influenced by philosophies such as Wabi sabi from Japan, that embrace and even highlight imperfections as natural and beautiful elements of life (we loved this philosophy so much we designed our SS17 collection around the concept). With this in mind, we encourage you to consider mending your damaged cashmere this winter and reduce the number of items that end up on the rubbish pile.
Before & After Mending
All our cashmere styles come with a small amount of cashmere yarn for making repairs. Unless your cashmere has a tiny hole, we don’t recommend trying to sew the hole closed as this will leave you with an unsightly lump or puckered effect. Instead, it is quite a simple process to darn the hole. Knitwear like our cashmere jumpers are lengths of yarn fibres that are knitted together, weaving into each other to create one piece. Darning is the process of filling in that hole with more yarn. Here are some basic tips to darning a hole.
Repairs like this are good for the planet, good for your wallet and it’s so satisfying to save your jumper from a premature demise. There are lots of tutorials online showing other repair tips, such as removing snags, or patching large holes. If however, DIY repairs really aren’t your thing, take it to a local seamstress who will be able to fix your jumper in no time!
Sometimes however, your cashmere really is beyond repair and in this case, our recently launched Recycled Cashmere Campaign is just the thing. In our ongoing sustainability efforts, we are now accepting the return of your preloved, Les 100 Ciels cashmere pieces. Returned pieces will be exchanged for cash vouchers, and the cashmere will be taken away washed, deconstructed and the recycled yarn made into new styles. The end result.. cashmere with a second life! Learn more about our Recycled Cashmere Campaign here.
For more tips on caring for cashmere including use of a cashmere comb, visit our Care page here.