In a move towards eco-friendliness, Lowie asks customers to hand-wash or machine-wash all wool items instead of dry cleaning which uses harmful chemicals and changes the chemical structure of the wool. Hand-washing prolongs the life of wool and silk garments and enhances the cosy soft texture, often becoming softer with each wash.
You can wash your woolens and silks together on a cold ‘wool’ or ‘delicates’ cycle in the washing machine, using a wool detergent that you can buy in any big supermarket. To be extra sure not to shrink your woolens, soak them in cold water for a few hours before washing.
Dry your woolens flat on a towel and move into shape.
After wear and wash some wool garments will start to fluff and bobble a little. We suggest you use a wool comb which more or less shaves off the extra fibres making your garment look like new.
Moths love your woolens and silks as much as you do. If you find that moths have been using your garments for nesting, the best thing is to put them in the freezer for 24 hours before washing. Clean where the garments have been sitting and invest in some natural anti-moth treatments.
There are many natural anti-moth solutions such as lavender, cedar tree, thyme, lemon peel, eucalyptus, mint, pepper, rosemary and cinnamon amongst others. Cedar tree is also available as hangers and you can buy sticky pads with moth pheromones that trap the moths and prevent them from getting at your clothes.
We suggest that at the end of the winter you wash all woolen garments you’re not using and put them away in an airtight or vacuum packed bag with some lavender. Vacuum packing also protects your clothes from oxidizing and ageing.Ethical Yarns
We use organic and recycled cotton in summer and all our wool comes from sheep that are Non-mulsed. Museling is the practise where skin is removed around the backside of a sheep to prevent flys from nesting in dung infected wool. This might sound like a good idea however in practise the sheep are not given painkillers and are treated very roughly, often left with open wounds. This is why we are committed to using wool from non-musled sheep.