About Fabrics

 
 

 

i. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS AND CARE

We recommend that all of our garments be HAND WASHED, however, if you wish to use a washing machine, it will be at your own risk, and we suggest a front loader with a hand wash cycle and to put the garments in a mesh bag as an added precaution. 

Colourfasting

As all our fabrics are natural fibers, they contain extra dye and this excess dye may come out in the wash. Therefore, make sure you wash your garments with like colours and expect some dye in the water. If you wish to do an extra colourfasting step for your garment, do the following:

Before first wash, dissolve 1 cup of table salt in a basin of cold water. Soak garment for approximately 2 hours. Rinse and hand wash as instructed.

Hand Washing

Gently wash garment by hand in cold, sudsy water with like colours, using a bleach-free detergent (we do not advise using detergents like Woolite or other "delicate" detergents). Rinse well. To remove excess water, gently squeeze or roll garment in an old towel and hang to dry. Smooth out any creases while the garment is still damp — this will make ironing easy.

The More You Wear It, The Better It Gets!
All garments with a linen content will be a little scratchy at first. After a bit of wear and a couple of washes, you will see a huge difference in the softness of the fabric.

Ironing
Iron garment inside out, using the steam setting on your iron. Crinkle fabrics must be ironed to retain original size.

Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is an alternative to hand washing. Advise dry cleaners to use a gentle process, as is used for silk. The majority of our garments have shell buttons, which may be damaged by the regular dry cleaning process.

Sierra Knits
A lightweight, delicate knit. Dry clean only. Store flat — do not hang!

 

 

ii. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FABRICS

Our fabrics consist of natural fibers:

COTTON
LINEN / RAYON BLEND
RAYON

Our rayon is a natural fiber made of wood pulp and helps the linen not wrinkle as much; it is the coolest fabric to wear in the summer or in hot climates.

Please note that all of the items on this clearance website are sold AS IS. In some cases, garment colours may vary, even within collections. As all of our garments are made using natural fibres and are hand dyed, dye lots can vary. If you have any questions about the fabrics, please feel free to contact us.

 

ASPEN

  • A lightweight, but substantial knit
  • Heathered natural and synthetic fibers
  • 55% acrylic, 25% cotton, 12% wool, 7% silk
  • Dry clean only

 

CARNABY

  • Lighweight, classic cotton weave
  • 100% cotton
  • Can be "crushed" for a textured look
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

COTTON VOILE

  • Light, diaphanous cotton crepe
  • 100% cotton.
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

CRINKLE

  • Lightweight
  • Fluid drape, cool, comfortable and great for layering
  • 100% rayon
  • Hand wash / dry clean only
  • Needs to be steamed or steam ironed to retain original size

 

DELPHI (RAYON)

  • Light, diaphanous rayon crepe
  • 100% rayon
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

L.A.

  • Light/medium weight
  • 95% cotton, 5% elastane
  • Four seasons
  • Slight stretch for extra comfort
  • Can be "crushed" for a textured look
  • Hand wash /dry clean only

 

MI-NU

  • A lightweight, stretchy knit
  • No wool content — no itch!
  • 77% viscose, 23% polyamide (Lycra)
  • Dry clean only

 

PAPYRUS

  • Light/medium weight
  • Lightly textured dressy fabric, with nice drape
  • Great for layering
  • 55% linen, 45% rayon
  • Summer / four seasons
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

ROMA

  • Mediumweight
  • Rustic textured linen blend fabric that becomes incredibly soft and comfortable the more you wear it. It just takes a couple of days of this; washing and ironing also helps to soften this fabric quickly!
  • 55% linen, 45% rayon
  • Four seasons
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

SIERRA

  • Lightweight, delicate knit with great texture
  • 55% linen, 45% rayon
  • Four seasons
  • Great for layering
  • Dry clean only
  • Store flat — do not hang!

 

TOKYO

  • Mediumweight
  • 98% cotton, 2% elastane jersey
  • Four seasons
  • Soft with a bit of stretch — the ultimate in comfort!
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

UMBRIA

  • Light/medium weight
  • 32% linen, 68% rayon
  • Has a slubbed texture
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

WOVEN

  • Bulky, textured woven fabric
  • 100% cotton
  • Hand wash / dry clean only

 

 

iii. ABOUT "CRUSHING"

Garments made of lightweight cotton, like Carnaby or L.A., can be steamed or ironed for a fresh, crisp look, but can also be worn "crushed", which is the look we prefer. "Crushing" is a simple method that creates a crinkled texture and sculpted form — perfect for travel and for those of you who don’t like to iron! A pamphlet will be provided alongside your order with complete instructions on how to achieve this look.