Materials & Care
Taking care of your clothes will not only prolong the lives of your favorite pieces, it will also reduce their environmental impact. The best way to take care of your clothes is to carefully follow the care instructions on the label. To avoid unnecessary wear and tear it can be a good idea to think twice before washing your clothes. Airing the garment outside and spot cleaning may be just as effective to keep your clothes fresh. Before washing and ironing, turn your clothes inside out to avoid unnecessary friction. Another way to keep fine materials last longer is to use a laundry bag.
Keep in mind that the care symbols show the maximum treatment. You can always wash at a lower temperature than indicated, saving both the garment as well as the environment.
Below are general recommendations on how to take care of your garments. However, always follow the care instructions for the specific item since the recommendations can vary depending on the characteristics of the garments.
Suitable for all seasons and relatively low maintenance are some of the reasons for the popularity of this fibre. Still it does require a kind treatment in order to last longer and maintain its color and original shape. To better preserve the original color, make sure to use a color safe detergent. Drying your cotton garment on a flat surface instead of tumble drying will also help preserve the original shape and color better. It is important to note that over drying cotton will create shrinkage. When ironing your cotton garment, we advocate it to be done with the garment inside out and on a medium temperature setting. Alternatively use a steamer to accomplish the same result. Always follow the care instruction in the garments, and be aware cotton products will shrink more at a higher washing temperature.
When handled with care and tenderness, this exclusive material is strong, elastic and excellent at maintaining its natural shine and color. We primarily recommend reading the care label before washing. If you hand wash your silk garement it is important to keep a low water temperature. We also advocate that you use a silk soap. Do not tumble dry you silk garment, instead let it drip dry or dry on a flat surface. Avoid using hangers made of wood as they may leave marks on the silk fabric. The best way to store your silk garment for a long-lasting life is to keep it on a hanger out of direct sunlight. Do not use perfume directly on the garment.
Being a natural water-, stain-, and dirt-repellent fibre, wool does not need considerable washing. We therefore recommend you to start with airing and spot cleaning your wool garments. If this is not sufficient, we recommend hand washing our wool garments using cool water to avoid shrinkage. Note that if you use a hand wash program, we advocate you to limit the spinning to avoid felting and reduce the tear. Use a detergent suitable for wool. Allow to air dry on a flat surface to avoid the risk of stretching the fibre. It is possible to iron wool garments on a low temperature setting, but only inside out and with a damp cloth in between. Store your wool garment folded rather than on a hanger, in order to best preserve the original shape.
Due to the softness of the fibres and delicate features viscose garments needs to be handled with care. Viscose is very sensitive when wet and therefore we primarily recommend reading the care label before washing all our viscose garments. If hand washing your viscose garment, make sure you use cool water to avoid shrinkage and use a gentle detergent. Also, avoid wringing or twisting the wet garment. Viscose should not be tumble dried. Instead, allow the garment to dry on a flat surface. Viscose has a tendency of shrinking after washing, avoid this by ironing the garment gently, inside out and with a cloth in between. This will help the item keep its original shape. You best store your viscose garment hanging to avoid set-in wrinkles.
This luxurious fiber is incredibly comfortable and soft, known for its lightness and great ability to keep its bearer warm. Due to its delicate nature, we primarily recommend dry cleaning for all of our cashmere garment. It is possible to hand wash your cashmere, although it has to be done carefully in order to best preserve its initial shape. Wash your cashmere in cool water using a mild detergent suitable for cashmere. Do not tumble dry your cashmere, instead let the garment dry flat on a towel in order to avoid stretching the fibers.As in all natural material, pilling is a common occurrence caused by some of the loose fibers tangling together on areas exposed to friction during wear. This does not indicate inferior quality, but is simply an inevitable consequence of the careful processing of this fine fiber. To remove the pills use a cashmere comb gently across the garment. You best store your cashmere folded as hanging them may distort the shape.
With a luxurious feel and elegant draping, cupro is known to resemble silk. This soft material made from dissolved cotton fibers breathes and regulates temperature similar to cotton. Make sure to read the care label before washing your cupro garment as some cupro are possible to wash while others are not. When hand washing cupro, use cool water and a gentle detergent. Avoid wringing and twisting cupro garments, gently press the water out of the item. Allow the garment to dry on a flat surface or drip dry.
This prestigious natural fibre is valued for its exceptional coolness and absorbing abilities, making it perfect in hot weather. To reduce the risk of misshape and shrinkage we recommend hand washing in cool water, alternatively using a delicate cycle on your wash machine. We recommend you to use a low amount of spinning and hang dry to minimize creasing. Use a mild detergent to reduce the risk of breaking down the fiber. Wash dark colored linens separately. To restore the shine and softness, iron your linen garment evenly damp and inside out.
Due to its balance of properties, polyester holds a great versatility. When taken care of properly, polyester is strong, resistant to shrinking and stretching and does not crease easily. You best wash your polyester garment using a delicate cycle with a mild detergent. As all synthetic fibers, polyester is heat sensitive. We therefore recommend you to air dry your polyester garment on a flat surface, alternatively let it drip dry. When ironing your polyester item we advocate it to be done with the garment inside out and on a low temperature setting. Always follow the care instructions on the specific item.
As all synthetic fibers, acrylic is heat sensitive, requiring extra care when washing and ironing. You best wash your acrylic garment using a delicate cycle with a mild detergent, alternatively hand wash it in cool water. Allow you acrylic item to dry on a flat surface or let it drip dry. When ironing your acrylic we advocate it to be done with the garment inside out and on a low temperature setting. Since acrylic often is mixed with other fibres, make sure to check the care label closely before washing.
This bio-based fibre made from wood pulp from beechwood trees, is soft, drapes well and is cool to the touch. We recommend you to use a delicate cycle when machine washing and a low temperature. When ironing modal, turn the garment inside out and use a medium hot setting. If the garment is delicate you can use a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric for extra protection.
Polyamide has the soft feel of cotton, is waterproof and breathable, making it a great fabric for functional wear. Polyamide can be machine washed, but it should only be washed in cold water. We recommend that you avoid using fabric softener as it can clog the tiny holes that allow the fabric to breath. Do not tumble dry polyamide garments, allow them to air dry on a flat surface or let it drip dry.
Elastane is a lightweight, strong fibre that can be stretched up to 500% of its length without breaking. To ensure that elastane garments retain their elastic qualities as long as possible it is important to handle the fabric with care. Being a heat sensitive synthetic fibre, never wash elastane garments in hot water. Important to note is that fabric softener never should be used when washing elastane garments due to the risk of ruin the elasticity. Hang the garment to drip dry away from direct heat and sunlight or dry it flat on a clean towel.
This delicate fibre requires either dry clean or hand wash. We recommend that you wait as long as possible with washing your triacetate garment. Instead, try airing the garment outdoors. If the care label indicates that the garment can be washed, always use cold water, a gentle detergent and avoid twisting or wringing the garment as this can cause excessive wrinkling and damage. Allow your triacetate garment to air dry.
The easiest way to make sure your bag holds mint condition as long as possible is to store it in the best possible way when you´re not using it. To do so we recommend you to not keep it in plastic bags or anything else that can prevent the leather from “breathing” freely. Environments that is too cold, or too hot can also be damaging for the leather, as same as dusty or dump areas. As with all leather products, let your bag dry naturally if its exposed to moisture and try to keep the leather fresh by applying leather balm three to four times a year. Never wash the bag in any way. If dirty, try to get the dirt off with a damp cloth that is lint free and in a worst-case scenario take the bag to a leather specialist that can help you with your leather bag.
Almost all our leather jackets have been pre-washed to give it the look and feel that we want to achieve. The jacket should only be washed if necessary and in that case, only by an authorized dry cleaner that can handle the leather properly. As with all leather products, let your leather jacket dry naturally if it’s exposed to moisture and if it gets stained by dirt you could try to carefully wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. If possible, this garment should be kept away from damp environments, but if it for some reason gets wet it’s important to let the jacket slowly dry out on a hanger away from direct heat sources (which could make the leather crack). If the leather becomes stiff after drying you can carefully rub parts of it together in order to get it back to a softer feel, but only do this when it’s completely dry. Keep the leather fresh by applying leather balm three to four times a year
High quality shoes are an investment, and with proper care they can be worn for decades. In order to take care of your shoes in the best possible way we recommend you to treat them at an authorized shoemaker. To achieve the signature HOPE-look we make our shoes and boots with care, piece by piece and small variations, color and texture are intentional to make each piece unique. If your shoes don’t come with rubber-reinforced soles, we recommend you to let your shoemaker help you apply those. It will protect your sole, waterproof it, and make it non-skid. Also, always use a shoehorn when putting on your shoes which will prolong the life of the heel cap and inner lining. And, even if you want to, try not to use your new shoes all the time - let them rest for at least one day before using them again.
[NUBUCK AND SUEDE]
Although there is not much visible difference between the two, suede is sanded on the inner layer of the leather and nubuck is sanded on the exterior side. Since the outside layer of a skin is tougher, nubuck tends to be easier to maintain. Special care needs to be taken for both suede and nubuck shoes. Stains can’t be polished in the same manner as regular leather shoes. To ensure the longevity of the shoes, spray them with both water- and stain repellent before the first use. To clean a suede or nubuck shoe, there are a variety of brushes specially designed for this purpose. Try your local shoe maker shop or a shoe store to find one that suits your needs. Persistent stains may be removable with sandpaper, though we recommend you talk to a specialist before trying this. As with regular leather the shoes should dry naturally if exposed to moisture, away from heat sources and preferably on a surface that can absorb moisture from below, like a newspaper.
Our waxed synthetic cotton is a machine washable wax garment. The wax is a polyurethane blend with silicone which looks like natural wax and can be machine washed at 30 degrees with detergent. If the item is slightly dirty use a damp cloth on the area that´s dirty. No dry cleaning.The woven cotton fabric is infused with synthetic paraffin formulas. It is a development from the wax fabric that was used at the turn of the century. We have chosen to use the synthetic wax to avoid the smell and greasiness of natural wax. Still with strong abrasion resistant and weather proof. It combines the durability of nylon with the natural feel of cotton. Imperfections in wax wear add to its unique, worn, rugged look. When hung in a warm room, the fabric "refinishes" itself, and use-marks fade.
Our non-synthetically waxed garments are coated in traditional wax and cannot be washed or dry-cleaned. To clean, allow any mud to dry, then gently brush off with a soft, lint free, fabric pad - sponge with cold water if needed but never use soap or solvent. Always allow your garment to dry thoroughly after use in wet weather and never pack away damp. Evidence of wear in the wax coating can be dry or shiny patches. Reproofing the fabric will prevent this and maintain the weather proof qualities and extend the garment's life. When you're about to reproof your garment, first make sure that it's thoroughly cleaned. And only use British Millerainwax dressing since other products are inferior and may reduce the performance and life of the fabric. To reproof, first place the tin of dressing in warm water to soften it and make it easier to work with, then apply an even coating over the whole garment - paying particular attention to seams, elbows, pocket edges and cuffs. Wipe of excess and let it hang overnight in a well-ventilated area.
The crinkle finish of some of our styles is part of the design. Due to the materials finish and construction the measurements of the garment may change after washing. To give the garment its original structure we recommend you to re-shape it after washing and drying the garment twisted.
Some of our garments have been dyed to achieve a specific look and if it occurs any variability in the color of those garments it should not be considered as a fault. These garments are not advisable to be exposed to direct sunlight since the garment can be bleached from the sun. We recommend you to wash these garments separately, or with similar colors.