- When in doubt, always follow the care instructions.
- Wash whites separately.
- Wash dark clothing inside out, especially those dark denims.
- Wash your clothes less frequently and on a lower temperature.
- Where possible, hang clothes up to dry instead of tumble drying.
- Get to know the settings on your washing machine. The eco-wash option is Ted’s favourite.
- Washing at 30 degrees and under reduces Co2 emissions, saves energy and helps the environment.
- Lower temperatures will keep prints looking brighter and clothes looking fresher for longer.
- Reshape jersey and knitted garments while damp.
- Fold and store heavy garments such as knitwear.
- Avoid hanging chunky knits in the closet as they may grow or fall out of shape.
- Button/zip up shirts, outerwear before storing.
- Ensure storage areas are cool and dry, Damp, warm or humid conditions attract those pesky moths.
- Cedar wood and lavender are both natural moth repellents.
- To avoid fading, avoid drying or storing clothes in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
- When ironing, turn your printed garments inside out first.
- Iron garments on the reverse wherever possible to avoid shine.
- Invest in good hangers and storage bags. Store seasonal clothing away when not needed.
- Don’t over pack drawers, cupboards or wardrobes. Clothes like their space.
- Make sure footwear has dried naturally before cleaning or wearing. Avoid washing machines and radiators.
- Make sure your footwear is dry before storing. Shoe trees help maintain the original shape of your shoes.
- Keep leather shoes in dust bags and store in original box.
- Give your clothes a day off once in a while.
Leather Handbags & Accessories
To keep your leather accessories looking their best, clean and moisturise using a specialist cleaner.
- Store your bag in a cool dry place using a dust bag. Stuff with paper when not in use to maintain shape.
- Take care not to overload your bag, avoiding unnecessary stress on handles or straps.
- Use a leather protection spray on your accessories to help prevent fading.
- Try to avoid rubbing delicate or smooth leather against rough or sharp surfaces. Leather scratches easily.
- Avoid exposing your leather goods to humidity and direct sources of heat.
- If caught out by the rain, remove any excess water by gently dabbing with a soft, dry cloth.
- When wet, stuff with newspaper and allow your leather bag to dry naturally.
- Try to prevent any perfume and make-up from getting on your leather goods.
- Indigo dyes and other deep or bright colours can transfer on to lighter leathers and materials.
- If stains occur, apply a clear leather cream using gentle circling motions and leave to dry naturally.
With sheep skin and shearling, you need to be as gentle as a lamb. Protect the woolly side with a spray and for the reverse, follow the same care steps as suede. The woolly side can be lightly brushed to give a shabby appearance a bit of a boost, but can only be cleaned with very mild soapy water. Overdoing it on the soap or water may cause staining and the wool to become matted.
Heels and heel tips can be easily replaced by a cobbler, but seek a replacement before it’s too late.Wearing down your heels beyond a certain level could cause irreparable damage. Thin and delicate heels must be worn with extra care. Wearing stiletto heels on uneven or abrasive surfaces, or when driving, may weaken the shoes, spoiling the leather sole or other components of the shoe.