Silk is one of our favourite natural fabrics.
Silk fabric is made out of the fibers produced by silk worms. The silk worm makes the fibre to spin into a cocoon, inside of which it later transforms into a moth.
Silk is incredibly durable due to its high tensile strength – higher than any other fiber. A strand of silk is stronger than a wire of iron in the same diameter. It's naturally hypoallergenic (the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics), and is completely non-toxic. This means that neither the production of silk nor the breakdown of the fiber releases toxins into the environment.
Silk biodegrades quickly (synthetics take between 300-600 years to breakdown, and release chemicals into the soil as they do so). Silk retains moisture without feeling damp, so it's able to efficiently cool our skin in the summer. It's also thermally stable, meaning it provides insulation in the winter. It's smooth and soft and is extremely lightweight. It has a natural elasticity, allowing it to stretch without breaking.
Although not a vegan fabric, we believe that the benefits and highly versatile natural properties of silk outweigh the negative aspects. Synthetic alternatives to silk are made using petroleum products and toxic chemicals, are highly polluting, do not have the same beneficial properties as natural silk, take hundreds of years to biodegrade and - by way of their low cost - lend themselves to creating excess waste.
We mostly use a beautiful, luxurious, medium-to-slightly-heavy-weight silk crepe de chine. It has an ultra soft finish, is durable and opaque, and drapes and flows like liquid. It wears well and holds up to washing, and still has the airy quality that makes silk wonderful.
We recommend dry cleaning your silk garments, as this will help them to remain in their original condition. Alternatively, you can also hand wash cold, and air-dry in the shade.
Bamboo fibers derive from bamboo plants, the fastest growing woody plant in the world. The high growth rate of bamboo and the fact that bamboo can grow in diverse climates makes the bamboo plant a sustainable and versatile resource. Bamboo crops require very little water and landmass, usually grown on marginal land unsuitable for forestry and agriculture. Land use is of global importance as the world’s seven billion people compete for water, food, fibre and shelter. Because it grows so quickly, bamboo is an easily renewable resource. It requires 1/3 the amount of water to grow compared to cotton and has no natural pests.
Bamboo fibres are highly absorbent and breathable, soft and light. It is also naturally hypoallergenic. Bamboo is softer than cotton, with a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk. The garments feel airy and light.
Machine wash cold and air dry. Press on low with steam to remove wrinkles, or leave unpressed for a perfectly unfussy look. All of our garments are pre-washed before we ship them out.
All of our cotton garments use 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers, so their impact on the soil and water is greatly reduced. Not only does organic cotton use substantially less water to grow, but is also is softer and feels better on your skin than conventional cotton.
Cotton fabric is made from the fiber that grows in pods on the cotton plant. Cotton is grown in warm climates, predominantly in Turkey, China, the USA and India. It biodegrades quickly and cleanly. Cotton fibers can be woven into any number of styles ranging from feather-light to heavy-duty.
Our organic cotton is mostly grown in Turkey, with some heavier weights being produced in India.
Everyone knows how wonderful cotton feels and how easy it is to care for. It's a simple, durable fabric. Light as air, sheer, and delicate in appearance but not in structure – cotton is the perfect summer fabric. Just enough body to hold it's shape, with luscious drape and movement.
Machine wash cold, tumble dry warm. Press on low with steam to remove wrinkles, or leave unpressed for a perfectly unfussy look. All of our garments are pre-washed at the studio before we ship them out.