Cashmere Care: 5 Expert Tips From The Cashmere Queen
Cashmere is difficult to afford and even more so to maintain. It’s luxury price tag comes with a material so delicate that even the most seasoned cashmere owner might find it hard to maintain. Still, all of this doesn’t outweigh the fabric’s incredible comfort, which makes it a must-have winter staple, no matter how unaffordable it might be. With this cold winter season predicted to linger well into spring, you might want to invest in the comfort of cashmere. But before you spend your hard-earned money on one of fashion’s finest, read five expert care tips from the “Cashmere Queen” herself, Iris von Arnim.
1. Cashmere should not be washed by hand. ‘Wool-finishing’ programs are most appropriate, or delicate or sensitive care programs with a cold temperature are optimal.
2. Washing powder should not be used for this subtle fibre. Liquid detergents, specifically made for high-quality cashmere, are most suitable.
3. Cashmere can be dried in a cold cycle for 15 minutes. The air supply reconditions and strengthens patterns such as cables and ribs.
4. Due to the fineness of the fibre and its natural origin, cashmere experiences pilling, especially when first worn. This will disappear with time and care but, if necessary, a cashmere lint shaver may be used over flat-knitted parts to remove excess fibres.
5. Cashmere-combs or velvet brushes are work well with cables and ribs.
Sure it’s a bit high maintenance, but that’s a price many are willing to pay for quality. Just ask Iris von Arnim, who has cultivated one of the most recognizable European brands today. A press release explains, “The brand is renowned for its distinctive cashmere rips, cables and architectures, styles that are borne out of an unrivalled experience and deep understanding of cashmere. Clean lines and the highest quality fabrics are combined with standout prints, bold shapes and playful details for a look that is both timeless and modern. These are pieces that transcend trends to become favorite wardrobe staples you will be able to treasure forever.” Clearly, Iris von Arnim wants to keep it that way, and her expert tips are as timeless as the fabric itself.