Apparel Care Guide

Caring for Your New Apparel

Acetate: Most items made of acetate should be dry-cleaned only, but some may be gently hand-washed in lukewarm water with mild suds. Do not twist or wring out the fabric. Iron while the fabric is still slightly damp, and be sure to iron on the wrong side using only a cool, low-temperature, setting. Use a pressing cloth when ironing the right side. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Acrylic knit: Most acrylic knit garments may be machine-washed or dry-cleaned. If you choose to machine-wash, use warm water and add a fabric softer during final rinse cycle. Air Some knits retain their shapes best if reshaped and dried flat. If you choose to machine dry, do so at a low temperature and remove from the dryer as soon as the garment is dry. Read the label, and check for the proper washing and drying recommendations that may be specific to each individual item. 

Cashmere: Check the care label before laundering cashmere. To hand-wash, use a mild detergent or shampoo. Gently squeeze the water through the garment, then rinse until the water runs clear. Do not wring or twist. Squeeze out excess water. To dry, lay flat on a towel, away from sunlight or heat.

Cotton: Cotton can be easily cleaned with machine-washing and can generally hold up well. Remove the garment from the dryer promptly to avoid excessive wrinkling, which is common for cotton fabric. Iron using a spray starch, if available. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Cotton blend: Dry cotton-blend garments using the dryer’s low-heat or permanent-press cycle. Remove immediately to reduce excessive wrinkling. Touch up wrinkles with a steam iron. As with pure cotton fabric, spray starch can give a professionally steamed look. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Linen: Some while linen fabrics need to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed, some are washable.  If you are unsure of how to care for your linen garment, we recommend defaulting to dry-cleaning. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Nylon: Machine-wash nylon garments in warm water and tumble dry in a low temperature cycle. Include a dryer sheet to reduce static. Use a warm iron to press, if necessary. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Polyester: Most polyester items can be machine-washed (cool) and dried (low), but be sure to check the label to see if air-drying is specifically recommended. Touch up any wrinkles with a cool  iron, if necessary, but avoid a hot iron. Read the label before proceeding with any care as recommendations may vary.

Rayon: Read the label before washing. Most rayon fabrics should be dry-cleaned, but some may be hand-washed or machine washed (although not generally recommended). For those that may be washed, hand-wash in cool to lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Do not wring out or twist the garment. To dry, roll the item in a towel to squeeze out excess water, then lay flat to dry. If you choose to iron, do so when still slightly damp and with the garment turned inside out to prevent the fabric from turning shiny. Use a pressing cloth when ironing the right side of the garment. 

Silk: Dry cleaning may be required. Only pre-washed silk is washable–always read the label. Do not dry silk in a clothes dryer. Garments usually look best when professionally dry-cleaned which is what we recommend to ensure the silk fabric retains its condition. 

Spandex: Hand wash or machine wash in lukewarm water. Do not use chlorine bleach. Only use a color safe bleach, if you must use bleach. Rinse thoroughly. Line-dry. If machine drying, only use a low temperature setting to preserve the elasticity of the garment. If you choose to iron, do it quickly and at a low temperature setting to avoid burning the fabric. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item. 

Wool: Wool typically needs to be dry-cleaned, but always check the label. If hand-washable, use cool water and a detergent for fine washables. If the wool gets wet, squeeze out any excess water, then reshape and dry the item, flat, at room temperature away from high temperatures. We recommend dry-cleaning once per season (or if it becomes stained), and specially dry-clean before storing. For specific garment instructions, always refer to the sewn-in care label for each individual item.