Caring for the pieces you own is perhaps the most effective way to slow fashion down, both socially and environmentally. By looking after our clothes just a little extra, we can reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 30%. In the spirit of loving our clothes as much as possible, here is a quick guide to looking after your Orwell + Austen pieces for years to come.
All our cashmere pieces can be machine washed on a 30 degree cycle. We recommend washing on the wool and delicates setting. When machine washing please ensure that you use a specialist wool detergent and NOT your normal detergent, as the enzymes in normal detergent can destroy the yarn fibres.
If hand washing we recommend you follow Steps 1-8 below. If machine washing please replace Steps 1-7 with the machine wash and follow Step 8 on how to dry your knitwear piece post machine washing. When it comes to drying please DO NOT tumble dry, unless you would like to shrink your sweater!
In a clean sink, add the recommended amount of fine-garment detergent and briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and generate suds.
Turn your Orwell + Austen sweater inside out and submerge the sweater, gently squeezing the suds through it.
Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips.
Repeat & Soak
Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the sweater to soak for 10 minutes.
Drain the sink and rinse your sweater with cool water until the water runs clear.
Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water - do not wring or twist.
Remove the sweater from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape.
Flat Air Dry
Lay the sweater flat on a dry towel and allow it air-dry.
HOW TO HANDLE PILLING
Contrary to popular belief, pilling on cashmere is not a sign of poor quality or a design fault. The pilling is a natural characteristic of the long fibres and can be easily removed using a cashmere comb, electric depiller or a sweater stone. Avoid depilling precious cashmere pieces too often as this may result in holes.