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garment care 101

Learning how to extend the lifecycle of your garments with love and care.

We are mindful in making clothes, and we want you to be mindful in caring for them, too.

20-30% of the carbon-footprint of clothing takes place after it’s been bought. As a purchaser, you have the responsibility to: opt for quality over quantity, know your fabrics, invest in evergreen pieces, be considerate about how you wash your garments, repair your clothes when they need TLC, and share what you no longer need.

And most importantly, make space to learn how to do all of this.

For many of us, caring for clothes has never been something we’ve been taught past a washing machine, or told we need to think about in our day-to-day lives. Our culture of fast fashion doesn’t make enough room to discuss how important that knowledge is. We need to change this unsustainable culture, and change it fast if we really want to protect our planet, and our love of fashion.

So, here’s our 101 on garment care for beginners:

Wash your garments by hand as much as possible, but especially so for delicate items such as bras, lace, and anything embroidered. When using a machine, make sure you wash full loads, use wash bags for delicate items such as bras, and wash with non-abrasive eco-friendly detergent. Bear in mind that washing clothes releases 500,000 tons of microfibres – the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles – into our oceans each year. Often, a good airing or brush wash is all your worn clothes may need.

The lower temperature you wash in your washing machine, the better it is for the environment. We’ve ensured that the majority of our garments can be washed at 40 degrees, or in a delicate cycle.

Dry naturally using a washing line or clotheshorse. The beauty of freshly aired clothes is one of life’s simple pleasures. Sunshine is nature’s natural disinfectant, too, zapping unwanted bacteria from fabrics that require higher temperature washes, such as gymwear, underwear, and bed linen.

Store your clothes smartly. Keep expensive or delicate items in cotton suit bags to prevent moth damage, and line your drawers with lavender paper or breathable bags.

If your clothing is broken, ripped, or suffering from wear-and-tear, seek out a trusted and quality local tailor or dressmaker to repair it. Better still, learn how to do it yourself. 85% of all textiles go to landfill each year. Globally, that’s the equivalent of one truck-load of clothes every second.

When you no longer love or need your garment, pass it on. Well made clothes that have been well looked after shouldn’t look second hand. You can clothes swap with friends and family, or find your nearest good cause to donate your unwanted pieces.

Make garment care self care, and make it fun. Champion it with friends, lovers, family, and your communities.

You can find individual les girls les boys garment care instructions on each product page, and on the care label of your garment.

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