Journal #2

Our materials

Everything in our collection is crafted with longevity in mind. As we always say, fashion clothes are supposed to become part of our lifetime. Here you may find a list of tips that will help your piece lasting as long as it was designed to.

Silk, washing and drying tips.
This fabric consists of 100% natural material. Since the fabrication of silk is made without chemicals and since it’s totally renewable, this fabric is considered as durable. Silk garments keep warm when needed and, at the same time, cool down fast. Because silk naturally breaks away mites, dust, and other particles, this natural material doesn’t need to be washed as often as other materials.

We recommend washing in the washing machine, if you have a modern one, it’s gentler for the garment to wash it with the silk program than using hand wash. If you have to wash by hand, be careful with the garment. Do not rub on stains and do not twist the garment to remove excess water. Treat it carefully and roll it in a towel to remove excess water before hanging up the garment on a hanger. After washing, much of the excess water is gone and you can hang the garment directly on a hanger to dry. Don’t use the dryer, don’t let flat to dry.

Silk, ironing and storing tips.
It’s usually fine to iron silk. We recommend ironing with high heat and steam, but always have a cotton towel between the silk and the iron. Iron preferably on the inside of the garment, you can also use a steamer instead to remove creases, please keep in mind it’s always better steaming the garment while hanging. Pull the garment lightly and steam until the fabric gets a smooth surface. While traveling, roll your silk garments carefully instead of folding. If you have space in your suitcase, it is good to put the silk rolls in a separate box to avoid creases. The best is to bring a travel steamer to be able to fix the garment but if you don’t have one with you, you can use steam from the shower. Just hang the garment in the bathroom when you shower.

In general: often it is enough to weather the garment to freshen it up. A good tip is also to steam the garment to freshen it up quickly, steamers do not just take away creases, but also kill off bacteria. Avoid exposing silk to alcohol-based products like perfume and hairspray and don’t hang the garment directly in the sunlight for a long time, the colors can change and turn yellow.

Cotton, washing and ironing tips.
Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the boll of a cotton plant, and it can be spun into a variety of textiles. In every form, cotton is as easy to care foras it is comfortable and breathable. It conducts heat and allows it to release, which can help you maintain a comfortable temperature.

Cotton can be hand or machine washed. It can often be washed at higher temperatures but to prevent garments from shrinking and to keep them looking their best for longer, 30°C is usually the best option. As heat can damage the fibers and cause shrinkage, it’s best to hang cotton pieces out to dry rather than tumble dry them. Iron on high heat while the fabric is slightly damp. Use steam as needed. Note that ironing can usually be avoided by air drying or removing immediately from the machine. In general: don’t use bleach unless the garment is white but remember also that overbleaching can cause yellowing.

Linen, our tips.
Linen is a natural fabric, spun from the fibers of the flax plant. These long fibers make it resilient, able hold its shape for longer and non-pilling. Thestrands are thicker than cotton, giving linen its distinctive texture. Quick to dry and comfortable to wear, its ideal for travel or the summer months. Linen pieces can be hung to ventilate between wears, instead of being washed each time.

Opt to machine wash with a gentle detergent and a low spin at 30°C – high temperatures can weaken the fibers and affect dyes. Do not crowd the washing machine with too many items at once. This can cause twisting or pulling the linen fabric out of shape. Alternatively, hand wash and rinse with lukewarm water. If your linen garment is pre-washed during a production process, it is safe to dry it in a tumble dryer. Make the drying temperature low and remove the garment while it is still slightly damp. Always try to dry your linen clothes flat. Hangers or clothespins can cause marks on the fabric and also cause deformation of the garment. For the best results while ironing, run your iron across the front and reverse whilst the linen is still a little bit damp so as to avoid burning the fabric. For extra wrinkles, lay a damp, light-colored cotton T-shirt over your linen.

Remove your linen jacket while driving or during extended periods of sitting. It’s a good idea to hang your jacket on a hanger in the car and in your office until you need to wear it again. Linen pants tend to wrinkle easily. To lessen the instance of wrinkles in the lower body area, gently lift your pants from the knees as you sit down. This will minimize fabric stretch, sag and subsequent wrinkles. When stowing away clean and dry linen at the end of the summer, store in a cool, dry place. Avoid wrapping it in plastic. Slatted wooden shelves will allow the air to circulate and keep your linen fresh. Try to store your favorite linen pieces as flat as possible to avoid wrinkling and creasing.

Silver, cleaning tips.
Pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. It’s combined with other metals such as copper to make it more durable. Sterling silver jewelry must contain at least 92.5% pure silver, which is why it’s stamped as 925. Sterling silver can range from bright white to grayish white and can have a matte or shiny finish. When oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver, they chemically bond to its surface and cause the silver to appear dirty or discolored. Direct sunlight causes silver to tarnish, so be sure to take off your silver jewelry before you go swimming and sunbathing. Lotions, cosmetics, hair spray and hair products, and perfumes are also “enemies” of silver and will accelerate tarnishing.

There’s a reason generations of women have been getting dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch! You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. If it’s not possible, storing silver in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great preventative measure. Just make sure you don’t store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag: the individual pieces can scratch each other. Link or chain bracelets should be kept unclasped or unhooked to prevent scratching as well. If you can’t use plastic bags, try to make sure that the storage area has low humidity. Polishing your silver works well when the tarnishing is not too severe. It’s also the best method for cleaning oxidized silver, as you can stay away from the tarnished areas.