Tackling this is Cashmere Circle, an innovative collective of cashmere designers and luxury knitwear experts, breathing new life into cashmere garments.
Carried out by experts in Scotland, using artisan techniques, Cashmere Circle invisibly mend holes, remove stains and ultimately revive the natural yarns to return cashmere to its luxurious best. Their recycling programme ensures that unwanted cashmere is diverted from landfill and redesigned into new creations.
Here we catch up with Cashmere Circle and get some much-needed care tips as we store our cashmere garments after a season of wear!
At Cashmere Circle our aim is to look after existing cashmere garments, through our repair, revive and recycle services using traditional time-honoured craftsmanship and skills.
Our services include:
Cashmere repair and revive – garments undergo a full revival, including innovative clean, de-pill and press, before having each hole invisibly mended, using artisan repair techniques delivering it back in like-new condition. Invisible mending requires considerable skill and is time-consuming. It involves reweaving the damaged area to conceal the hole using the same technique as the original stitching and colour-matching the cashmere, usually using the yarn from a concealed part of the garment such as the seam to make the repair appear invisible.
Knitwear laundry - our pioneering garment washing, de-pilling and full steam removes odours, impurities and return the fibre back to its best.
Cashmere Recycling - all of our knitwear products are made from 100% recycled cashmere jumpers, cut and sewn to create new pieces from baby blankets and neck warmers to hot water bottle covers and fingerless gloves.
We also offer a range of cashmere care products - eco wash, moth boxes, storage bags and lavender pouches, essential items to maintain your cashmere.
It’s time to start storing our winter clothes for the warmer months ahead. Moth season kicks off in May and lasts all summer through to October. And moths thrive in dark, undisturbed places such as your wardrobe. Here they share their top tips to protect and store your cashmere over the summer months:
1. Gently clean your cashmere: Cashmere is a delicate fabric that requires gentle care to avoid damage or shrinkage. We usually recommend that cashmere is professionally cleaned before long periods of storage. We use specialised equipment and cleaning products to ensure that your cashmere is cleaned gently and effectively.
2. Repair cashmere before storage: If you spot any holes or tears in your cashmere, have it repaired now before you put your cashmere into storage for the summer. Your cashmere will be at is best and ready to wear in the Autumn.
3. Fold cashmere: Once your cashmere is clean and dry, fold it neatly to prevent creases and wrinkles. Avoid hanging cashmere for long periods, as this can cause the fabric to stretch out of shape.
4. Use a storage bag: Store your cashmere in a breathable storage bag to protect it from dust, moths, and other insects. Be careful in the choice of bag, avoid using unbreathable plastic, as they can trap moisture and cause mildew or mould to grow. When you clean your cashmere with Cashmere Circle they will return it to you in a complimentary storage bag, ready to be placed in storage for the summer.
5. Add some lavender: To keep moths and insects away, add a sachet of dried lavender to your cashmere storage bag. Lavender has a natural moth-repellent scent and will keep your cashmere smelling fresh.
6. Store in a cool, dry place: Store your cashmere in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, such as a wardrobe or dresser. Avoid storing your cashmere in a damp or humid environment, as this can cause mildew or mould to grow.
7. Check periodically: Check the cashmere periodically throughout the summer to ensure that there are no signs of moth or insect damage. If you notice any signs of damage, take the cashmere out of storage, and send it our way.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your cashmere stays in excellent condition over the summer months, ready for you to wear again when the weather cools down.
The team at Cashmere Circle are always available to offer advice on the storage, laundry and repair of your cashmere garments, reach out to their cashmere experts here www.cashmere-circle.co.uk.