We carefully select each fabric that we use by considering quality, texture, ‘hand-feel’ and of course how the fabric treats your skin. Here is a list of the fabrics that we currently use and why we have chosen them.
Medium weight fabric made from a balanced blend of Linen and Rayon: 55% Linen 45% Rayon
Why we chose it - This linen/rayon blend was selected because it is a balanced fabric that combines the structure of linen with the silky drape of rayon. As it is worn and washed, the fabric gets softer and more textured. Made from natural fibres this fabric allows your skin to breathe.
How to care for it: Machine washable on a cold, gentle cycle. Do not tumble dry. Iron on medium. Some colour loss can occur on first wash.
Our 100% Rayon is produced from a wood pulp cellulose treated to create a delicate weave that ensures soft handling and a beautiful drape.
Why we chose it - Rayon has the benefits of being plant based with the technical advantages of a synthetic process. This is how we are left with a fabric that can allow your skin to breathe, but have the complete regularity of a continuous fibre.
How to care for it - Wash in cold water (completely cold! not even 30 degrees) All our Rayon has been pre-shrunk, but because it is a long strand fibre further shrinking or stretching is always a possibility. Do not Tumble dry. Iron garment inside out.
Crisp 100% Linen
100% Linen derived from the flax plant.
Why we chose it - Linen is an incredible fabric that has qualities that have been celebrated for generations. It has a unique ability to regulate your body temperature and keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. It is strong and sturdy and can stand the test of time.
How to care for it - Wash in cold water (completely cold! not even 30 degrees). Do not Tumble dry. Iron garment inside out.
Stonewashed 100% Linen
100% Linen derived from the flax plant.
Why we chose it - This pure linen fabric has been stonewashed to give it a soft handle and texture. The stone washing also means that this fabric can be worn with ease as it does not need to be ironed and can be worn straight off the drying rack. Linen, which is made from the flax plant, is strong and durable so that it can last in your wardrobe from season to season. It is also incredibly kind to your skin making it perfect for sensitive skin or for keeping you cool and comfortable on hot summer days.
How to care for it - Machine washable. Iron optional. The best way to care for this fabric is to cold wash on a gentle cycle and hang up out of the sun. To enhance the stonewash effect tumble dry until almost dry (slightly damp) and hang in your cupboard.
Tencel is a sustainable fabric made from Eucalyptus trees and has been pre-shrunk for your convenience.
Why we chose it - We love this fabric because it has the ability to mimic silk and rayon, but is by far the most sustainable as it uses less energy and water in its production. This medium weight fabric allows your skin to breathe, has a luxurious lustre and drapes beautifully over the body.
How to care for it - Machine washable on a cold gentle cycle. Iron inside out on low heat. Do not tumble dry
Bamboo is an extremely eco-friendly plant that is able to regenerate naturally without depleting the soil, while keeping the air clean at the same time.
Why we chose it: Mostly for its silky soft feel on the skin with a sumptuous look. Bamboo fibres wick moisture away from the body, keeping you cool and Cool! They also have the added benefit of being a natural repellant for odours, are hypoallergenic and antibacterial. As well as being biodegradable. Winning...
How to care for it: Gentle Hand wash in cold water, preferably with a natural detergent. Air dry flat. Cool iron if needed and fold flat rather than hanging up as the shape may distort.
It’s called the noble fibre, and sometimes the diamond fibre. Lustrous, resilient and offering exceptional colour reflection, mohair has become a symbol of luxury and exclusivity. South Africa is the biggest global producer of mohair, producing approximately 50% of the world’s mohair. Most of South Africa’s Angora goats are farmed in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape.
Why we chose it - Mohair fabric is luxuriously lightweight and renowned for its versatility, staying cool in summer and warm in winter. Mohair breathes naturally, absorbing and releasing atmospheric moisture and controlling its own ‘climate’ to ensure optimal comfort.
How to care for it - Do not keep knitted mohair garments on hangers. Fold and store on a shelf. Your mohair item can be cleaned by a reputable dry cleaner or you can wash it yourself by following these simple steps. Soak in tepid water using mild detergent recommended for washing wool, or even hair shampoo. Very gently agitate by hand to dislodge dirt particles. Do not agitate unduly. Rinse in clean, cool water. A small amount of fabric softener can be used if desired. Lay flat to dry (mohair dries quite quickly). When dry, a brisk shake or brush (with a stiff hair brush) will restore the pile. Gentle coaxing, rather than firm strokes, is advised to ease out tangle and create the downy pile for which Mohair is renowned. Do not tumble dry.
How to care for your leather shoes
Leather is unique in the way that it improves with age and gets more character. However, if you want it to last it should be properly cared for. Brush your shoes lightly with a shoe brush to remove dirt regularly. Once clean, rub the shoes with a leather balm to keep the leather moist and nourished. If you scuff your shoe you can polish the shoe with the appropriate colour polish to lightly cover the scuff.
All our shoes are handmade with love, but occasionally we make a mistake and if this happens please don’t hesitate to contact us. If your heel comes off or if your sole loosens we will happily fix it for you.
We work very hard to find quality suppliers, but we cannot control when that quality drops unexpectedly. Sometimes the dye of the black lining has not been sealed properly by our suppliers and it can come off on your feet - if this happens you can easily scotch guard the inside of your shoes at home. If you are unable to do this yourself please contact us and we will do it for you. We unfortunately cannot do it to all of our shoes as scotch guard is incredibly poisonous to humans in bulk and we cannot put our employees lungs and lives in danger.