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Care Guide

Fabric

Fabric Types

Rayon

Viscose Rayon has a silk-like aesthetic with a superb drape and retains its colours brialliantly. Its cellulostic base has similar characteristics of those of cotton or other natural cellulosic fibres.

 

Cotton

Cotton is a naturally soft material that feels comfortable against the skin. A highly durable material which consists of almost pure cellulose. It is both soft and cool and depending on how it has been woven, creates a breathable fabric.

 

Linen

Linen is made from the fibres of a flax plant. It has a lower environmental impact than cotton. It is durable, highly absorbent and breathable. It dries faster than cotton and has the tendency to crinkle. We often use a linen rayon blend which creases less.

 

Tencel

A natural, man-made fibre, also referrred to as lyocel. It is made from wood pulp from sustainable tree plantations. The production process is based on closed loop spinning that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions. Tencel has been budded as the fabric of the future.

 

Hemp

An environmental super fibre. It is made from the fibres of the herbaceous plant ,cannabis sativa. It is an extremely high yield crop that produces more fibre per meter than cotton and flax.

 

Wool

Eco-friendly and sustainable, wool is a totally natural product. Entirely renewable and sustainable and it is 100% biodegradable. Our wool is locally sourced in the eastern cape.

 

Bamboo

Bamboo is a sustainable crop. It is essentially a fast-growing grass, requires no fertiliser and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. It requires far less water than cotton.
Bamboo fiber has various micro-gaps, which make it softer than cotton and increase its moisture absorption. It is antibacterial and highly absorbent. Powerfully insulating and soft.

Fabric Care Guide

Rayon

  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent. Rayon is weaker when its wet than when its dry.
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up rayon.
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Be sure to iron all rayon inside out to prevent it from shining. If you suspect that your garment has shrunk – iron it before you panic as this usually relaxes the fibers.

Cotton

  • Cotton can be easily laundered.
  • Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton.
  • Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. And, fabric may need frequent pressing.
  • Cotton can be ironed with a warm iron.
  • Do not tumble dry

Linen & linen/rayon blends

  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent.
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry

Tencel & tencel/linen blend

  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent.
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry

Hemp – 55% hemp & 45% cotton

  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent.
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up.
  • It is preferable to dry your garment flat but you could also hang your garment on a non-metal hanger to dry.
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry

Wool

  • Hand wash in cold water with woolite.
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up.
  • Lay garment flat to dry, do not hang as the fibres will stretch
  • Do not tumble dry

Leather

Leather Types

Semi-Veg Leather

By combining the pull-up effect with full grain our suppliers managed to create this stunning Semi-Veg Leather.

Pull-Up Leather is a type of semi aniline leather with a waxy topcoat added for protection. It just gets nicer over time while the full grain is the most natural of all leathers and allows to see the natural structure.

 

Natural Milling Leather

A Naturally Milled Full Grain Cow Leather, a leather of the highest quality. Because of its natural nature every single scratch or tick mark can be seen.

 

Nappa leather

Nappa leather is also known as aniline leather. It’s the most natural looking leather with the unique surface characteristics of the hide remaining visible.

 

Review our care tips in order to have your items age beautifully!

Leather Care Guide

CLEANING

  • The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question.
  • Remember the hardware. Some bags or shoes have precious metal-plated buckles or other hardware. The same applies here, wipe with a damp cloth and dry carefully.
  • Every other day, give the leather a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth, this won’t take more than a few minutes, but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather.
  • Use a leather cleaner to clean and protect your leather accessories. These often also provide effective salt stain removal.
  • Remove stains as soon as you notice them. Crush white chalk, let it sit on the stain overnight and dust it off with a clean cloth.
  • Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils so make sure you handle your leather item with clean hands.

CONDITION

  • Think of conditioning as a moisturizer for your leather, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a bit of (leather) conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over.
  • Condition the leather every month to keep your it looking it’s shiny best.
  • For your waxy, oiled and natural finish leather items use a waxed leather conditioner: it cleans, nourishes and revives your leather accessories.

WEATHERPROOFING

  • Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favourite handbag or shoe in bad weather. Nonetheless, there are beeswax creams which function as a barrier against water.
  • Word of caution: beeswax may alter the hue of dyed leather, so test first on an inconspicuous corner.
  • A more breathable but less effective alternative: a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags.

STORING

  • Stash your bag and shoes in a fabric dust-bag and fill it with stuffing, to maintain its shape.
  • Keep the dust-bag along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn’t get damp.
  • Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold.
  • Rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag or shoes will wear it out, so switch things up every month.

SOME FINAL TIPS

  • Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause he skin to crinkle beyond salvage.
  • Prevent color transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans.
  • Leather is basically a skin so avoid leaving it in the sun for too long as it can cause it to dry and change colour.