Ways to Care

Care for Your Clothes,
Care for the Environment
    • Read The Care Label

      The fabrics team test and re-test our clothes under varying washing conditions. Following the care instructions on the label is important as every garment is unique and caring for it the right way will ensure it lasts longer.

    • Mend

      Mending your clothes and shoes, rather than throwing them away is a simple way to help reduce clothing waste and your carbon footprint. If you're not confident mending yourself, we recommend using an alteration service. Worn out footwear can be taken to a cobbler for resoling, to repair a broken heel or replace hardware.

    • Buy Better

      An enduring wardrobe should be built on the principles of quality, versatility and timelessness. We design clothes and accessories in cohesive colour palettes that offer a multitude of styling options. Our philosophy is that a garment should be an investment; a considered addition rather than an impulse. By selecting premium cloths and yarns, we hope our items will be cared for, loved and worn for seasons to come.

    • Sustainable Care

      Our clothes are made with love, and we'd love you to take care of them with minimum impact on the environment. Wash clothes at 30°C or less – it's better for your garments and the environment. "Cold wash" applies to temperatures at or below 30°C and most of our garments can be cared for in this way. Keep dry cleaning to a minimum and hand wash instead. Tumble drying is unnecessary and energy-wasting – line drying is much gentler on clothes and at times air drying alone may be enough to refresh a garment and remove odours.


Caring for Your Favourite
Fabrics & Fibres
    • Wool & Cashmere

      WASHING
      Each yarn and yarn blend will be a little different, so always read the care instructions. As a general rule however, knitwear must be treated gently so invest in a delicate wool wash and use it sparingly. In lukewarm water, hand-press the suds through the garment and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing.

      DRYING
      Be careful not to wring out your garment as this will stretch the fibres. Lay your knit flat on a clean towel in its natural shape, then roll up the towel and gently press down to remove excess water. To dry, lay the item flat on a clean towel away from direct sunlight.

      COOL IRON
      Some cashmere knits contain care instructions to cool iron and we use this term when garments include fibres that are susceptible to heat. As cashmere is supremely delicate, we recommend setting your iron on its coolest possible temperature, as the use of a hot iron can scorch its surface hair, making it less lofty and feel scratchy.

      PILLING
      Pilling is not a sign of poor quality, but an inherent characteristic in even the most premium knitwear.

      “Pilling is caused by the soft fibres that sit on the outside of your knitwear. When your garment is knitted, it’s put through a finishing process to determine the ‘hand-feel’,” explains Jane Grimme, Head of Design at Trenery.

      “This makes it soft, but also means the fibres are brought closer to the surface. The length of the fibre also determines this, and soft fibres like cashmere give your garment a luxurious feel, but are also more delicate and prone to pilling.”

      There are a few ways to minimise or remove pilling, explains Jane.

      “You can avoid it by buying cleaner surfaced knits, such as extrafine merino or cotton. Try to avoid situations where coarse fabrics such as the inside hem of a wool coat, or a textile bag might rub on your knit. Always follow the care instructions, and the occasional dry clean can keep your knit in shape,” Jane says.

      “If you can’t resist the softness of a lofty, brushed cashmere or cashmere-blend (I know I can’t), maintain the pilling with a pill comb or motorised de-pilling device. A good quality yarn will settle down over time and cease to pill as much.”

    • Linen

      We love the natural, organic feel of a rumpled linen shirt or suit that only gets better with time and wear. If you do prefer a crisper look, lightly press linen when it is slightly damp with a steam iron.

    • Viscose

      Don’t be alarmed if your viscose top or dress shrinks a little after it is washed. This is normal due to the fibres expanding when wet, causing the fabric to become stiffer. This can be remedied easily by steam ironing the garment on a medium setting to relax the yarns and restore it to its original shape.

    • Leather Apparel

      Always hang a leather jacket on a well-shaped or padded hanger as thin and poorly shaped hangers may stretch and warp the shoulder line. For leather pants, spot clean by wiping with a damp cloth and airing out away from direct sunlight. Never place leather near a fire or radiator and when storing away opt for a soft cloth garment bag over a plastic one to allow air to circulate and prevent the leather from drying out. Damp environments can also make leather susceptible to mildew. If the leather garment does require expert cleaning we recommend using a reputable leather cleaner or specialist dry cleaner. Do not spray perfume onto your leather as it can affect the colour and finish which can be difficult to remove, even when professionally cleaned.

    • Silk

      A silk dress or shirt requires delicate care, but can be hand washed. Avoid spot cleaning individual stains and never spray silk with perfume or deodorant. Silk should always be kept away from direct sunlight to avoid fading.

    • Denim

      To retain the look of your jeans, wash them sparingly and avoid using detergents with bleach. Denim is designed to last but will fade over time, adding to its authentic character. When your jeans do need to be cleaned, we recommend machine washing them inside out on a cold setting.

    • Tailoring

      Try not to wear tailored jackets two days in a row. This allows the fibres in the fabric to rest, helping the jacket retain its shape. Fresh air and a good quality clothes brush is your best ally when it comes to keeping a suit clean. Dry cleaning is great, but best kept to a minimum.

    • Handbags & Shoes

      HANDBAGS
      Try not to place your handbag on the floor and store cosmetics and pens in a separate pouch to avoid staining the lining. Store your handbag away in its care bag or a soft fabric pouch and try not to stack it on top of other bags. The same rule applies to your footwear.

      SHOES
      Keep your leather shoes looking new by cleaning dirt off with a gentle leather cleaner and hiding scuff marks with a matching coloured shoe polish when needed. Treat patent leather accessories with extra care. Try not to scuff or damage the patent, as any damage to this leather is irreversible. To remove marks use a clean damp cloth. Before wearing suede or nubuck shoes, use a protective spray to repel water and stains. It's also a good idea to invest in a suede brush to remove surface dirt.

    • T-Shirts

      When shopping for a t-shirt, look for high quality, longer fibres such as linen and pima cotton. Pima cotton is soft, yet strong, while linen is durable and long-lasting. To avoid getting tiny holes in your favourite t-shirt be mindful when tucking it into jeans and avoid washing with garments that have exposed hardware which could snag the material. Linen and cotton t-shirts may shrink slightly when washed. To avoid this always wash in cold water and steam iron to relax the natural fibres.