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Fabric Guide


Acetate

A synthetic fiber with the luxurious feel of silk, acetate has some water resistance properties and dries extremely quickly. Acetate should still be handled with care and responds best to dry cleaning. Acetate fibers are hypoallergenic, so it is a great option for sensitive skin.

Acrylic

This man-made version of wool has the same look, but is much easier to care for (aka won’t shrink like crazy accidently), and can even be put in the washing machine! But remember it is not as warm as real wool, so layering is best for keeping cozy!

Bamboo

This eco-friendly fabric feels already lived in with it’s ultra soft texture. Because it absorbs 3 to 4 times as much moisture as cotton, bamboo is a great option.

Cashmere

A favorite luxury fabric traditionally from Asia and the Middle East, cashmere offers its wearer the advantage of looking dressy while feeling like you’re wrapped in your favorite blanket. Treat yourself to the softest version of wool, just take good care of your cashmere by hand washing it or having it dry-cleaned.

Cotton

Cotton is the classic fabric of freshness and breathability. Comfy, versatile, and easy to care for, just be wary of shrinkage and remember to cold-water wash. Perfect for you zero-wasters since it’s a natural fiber.

Faux Fur

Generally made of synthetic fibers like acrylic or polyester, faux fur can be a lot easier to take care of than actual fur. Faux fur maintains it look after years of wear. Though some faux fur must be dry-cleaned, you can find versions that are hand or machine washable on a very gentle cycle. Just be sure to shake it well so the fibers don't become distorted, and hang it to dry — heat from the dryer could damage the fibers.

Fur

Real fur, especially if it's been dyed, naturally fades or may change color over time. Real fur should be professionally cleaned and stored. If not, you risk damage from moths and fluctuating temperature and humidity conditions. But we use natural cedar or bundles of rosemary, thyme, cloves, lavender, or bay leaves to keep moths away.

Leather

Leather is durable despite its buttery soft feel. We all know that genuine leather is made from animal hide, and it should be treated with as much care as you treat your own skin. To keep your leather looking its best find the right cleaner and conditioner.

Linen

Linen has a raw, fibrous look while being delicate and soft. Comfortable and light, linen is the perfect fabric for Summer.

Lycra

While lycra is never what fully makes up the garment, it is always paired with another fabric. It increases flexibility, allowing for a better fit and greater comfort and freedom of movement. Best of all it is durable, allowing clothes to keep their original shape through years of washing and wear.

Metallic

This man-made material is a fragile fabric and adds a fun dose of glamour and shine.

Modal

This cellulose fiber (sometimes from wood or bamboo) is comfortable like cotton with the same natural feel. However, its greater water absorbency means that instead of shrinking, modal stretches over time. While still light and thin, modal is slightly warmer than cotton.

Mohair

Also known as angora, after the goats whose hair it is woven from, mohair is as soft to the touch as cashmere, but with a fun, fuzzy texture. Flame-proof, stretchable and durable, don’t think twice about adding this fine wool fabric to your closet.

Nylon

A man-made fabric, nylon combines extreme elasticity with the look and feel of silk. Stock up on nylon leggings, dresses and skirts for going out.

Polyester

Made entirely of synthetic fibers, polyester offers advantages that most natural fabrics do not, such as heightened wrinkle-resistance and durability. Second only to cotton in popularity, you probably already have plenty of polyester in your closet.

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is a waterproof fabric that was created from a cotton poly blend and is both extremely durable and lightweight.

Rayon

Like nylon, rayon is another man-made, silk-like fabric.

Silk

Who doesn’t love silk? One of nature’s softest fabrics, silk has a lustrous sheen that instantly conveys luxury. Handle silk garments with care, and hand wash or dry clean them.

Spandex/Elastane

Spandex / elastane combines smooth texture with stretchy breathability. The perfect combination of comfort and functionality. The higher the percentage, the comfier the fit for pants.

Tencel

A lightweight, breathable natural fabric, that is surprisingly soft and drapable when you consider it is made from wood pulp! Shrink-proof and wrinkle resistant, Tencel is a versatile fabric that is easy to care for.

Viscose

A more refined relative of rayon, viscose has the same silk-like look and feel, but it’s breathable like cotton. Be gentle with this fabric and always cold water wash to avoid shrinkage.

Wool

Warm and cozy—wool is the ultimate winter fabric! Although it is known for having a coarse, sometimes itchy texture, wool in the right blend and weight is the perfect material for crafting everything from jackets and sweaters to capes and even blankets. Merino wool comes from one of the most ancient breeds of sheep and unlike regular sheep who chew grass in the lowlands, the merino is built to survive the scorching summers and freezing winters of New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps range.