Precious fabrics like cashmere are a luxury to own, but that shouldn’t mean you need to reserve them for special occasions. PHILÉ is about enjoying the everyday. That’s why our pieces are priced for affordability, to ensure they actually get used and not just revered.
Want to know what makes cashmere so expensive? Read this.
When it comes to quality fabrics, cashmere is in a league of its own. Its fibres are soft and hypoallergenic - much like sheep’s wool - but warmer and without the itch. The quality of cashmere is unsurpassed, even pitted against the most technical of synthetics, and it can last a lifetime if cared for properly. As the saying goes, things of quality have no fear of time.
We've compiled the simplest of instructions to help you care for your cashmere at home.
Hand wash, always
The first step to hand-washing is finding the right detergent. Ms Brown has a beautiful Wool & Cashmere Wash with a light Eucalyptus scent made from a blend of biodegradable plant extracts, organic herbs and pure essential oils.
Fill your basin or bucket with tepid water and add one capful of detergent per five litres of water. You want to ensure your cashmere is completely submerged in the water and you can swirl it around. If there is a stain or spot that requires more attention, apply a dab of detergent directly to the area and massage gently.
Gently move the piece around the sink, and then let it sit for 5 minutes. You can then drain the water and refill it with clear tepid water, and then let it sit for a couple of minutes before repeating the above steps.
Once it's ready to rinse, place it directly under the tap and turn it on, allowing the room temperature water to gradually wash away the soap until it runs clear.
Press to dry
Once the water has been drained away, clump the cashmere into a loose ball and press it against the side of the tub or bucket to squeeze out excess water. Never wring or twist wet cashmere, as this will stretch the fibres out of whack.
Layer your cashmere flat over a fresh towel, and then roll it up firmly but not tight. Apply pressure to the rolled towel to extract more water, and if it still feels very wet, you can repeat this step with another fresh towel.
To complete the drying process, leave your cashmere drying flat or on a drying rack away from direct sunlight.
Fold, don’t hang,
Storing your cashmere pieces folded will maintain the shape and ensure it doesn’t stretch unevenly. Hangers and racks can stretch out your cashmere threads and warp the shape.
Invest in cedar wood, to ward off moths and their spawn from chewing holes in your precious cashmere blankets. They work by disguising the smell of the cashmere that naturally invites moths to lay their eggs in it. We love this Cashmere Care Set by The Laundress.
How often should I wash my cashmere? When it comes to washing. Resist the temptation to wash your cashmere every time you use it. A couple of times a season is all it needs.
Can I machine wash cashmere? This is controversial, and not without risk, but new washing machines have improved their ‘hand washing’ settings to allow for fabrics as delicate as cashmere. We wouldn’t suggest it for your PHILÉ items.
What’s the difference between knitted and woven cashmere? These instructions are intended for knitted cashmere pieces. Woven cashmere pieces, such as suits, will need to be dry-cleaned.
While you're here, read about what makes cashmere different from all other natural fabrics.