Fabric & Care Guide

Our aim is to provide a refreshing alternative to fast-fashion. We make nice clothes that last. At HANDSOM, we strongly believe the most genuine and sustainable approach to fashion is to design considered, and high-quality clothing that stands the test of time. We will always attempt to repair where we can, yet urge our customers to commit to prolonging the life of any HANDSOM piece through adequate care. We encourage sustainable shopping through considered and thoughtful purchases, and giving your garments the longest possible cycle in your wardrobe.

Below we’ve provided specific fabric details, and advice on how to properly care for your clothes — we recommend always referring to the wash care label first.

In its many forms – cotton is an easy-care and highly durable fabric. We recommend washing all cotton garments on a gentle machine cycle. To avoid shrinkage, we recommend keeping the spin setting low, and the temperature cold. Don’t tumble dry, but hang to dry in the shade. Allowing cotton shirts or dresses to dry naturally on a hanger can help to avoid unnecessary ironing. Use a warm iron for crispness, if necessary.

Our 100% cotton corduroy is a soft and textured year-round fabric – tough and warm in winter, yet often breathable enough for warmer days. Care for your cotton corduroy pieces by washing them on a gentle machine cycle inside out — to protect the texture, and reduce the risk of the colour fading. Always wash with similar colours. To avoid shrinkage, we recommend keeping the spin setting low, and the temperature cold. Never soak or bleach your corduroy garments. If spot cleaning, avoid rubbing. Don’t tumble dry, but hang to dry in the shade. Allowing corduroy garments to dry naturally on a hanger can help to avoid unnecessary ironing. If ironing, we recommend either ironing the reverse side, or using a tea-towel to protect the pile.

Our signature “Hachiko” fabric is a medium weight, textured cotton-linen blend. It's structured enough for cooler weather, but breathable enough for the summer months. We find it to be highly durable — wearing and washing well with age. You may find that these garments give slightly with wear, yet return to their original shape once washed. The best way to wash any “Hachiko” cotton-linen piece is on a cold, gentle machine cycle. To avoid shrinkage, it’s important to keep the spin setting on low, and ensure the temperature is cold. Never soak or bleach. Don’t tumble dry, but hang to dry in the shade. If left to soak, the fibres may contract, causing the garment to shrink in size – if this occurs, ironing the garment will release the fibres, returning the garment to its original form.

Viscose and Rayon are man-made fabrics, made from cellulose fibres (plant or wood pulp). We use viscose for its elegance and practicality — it’s highly breathable in the warmer weather, whilst maintaining a delicate drape. A gentle / delicate machine wash is preferred for any viscose or viscose blend garment. To avoid shrinkage, it’s important to keep the spin setting on low and ensure the temperature is cold. Hand washing is an option if your washing machine doesn't have the appropriate setting, however this requires maximum care. If hand washing, use cold water and gentle detergent. Don’t leave your viscose garment to soak — this can cause the fibres to contract, and result in shrinkage. To ensure excess water is drained, lay the garment on a towel and gently roll it up, before hanging to dry in the shade. Allowing viscose shirts to dry naturally on the hanger can help maintain their shape, and avoid unnecessary ironing. We recommend a warm iron to achieve crisp collars and cuffs, as well as releasing contracted fibres.

Silk is luxurious in look and feel, yet strong and durable despite the delicate care required. A delicate machine wash is preferred for any silk garment. To avoid shrinkage, it’s important to keep the spin setting on low and ensure the temperature is cold. Hand washing is an option if your washing machine doesn't have the appropriate setting, however this requires maximum care. If hand washing, use cold water and gentle detergent. Don’t leave your silk garment to soak — this can cause the fibres to contract, and result in shrinkage. To ensure excess water is drained, lay the garment on a towel and gently roll it up, before hanging to dry in the shade. Allowing silk shirts and dresses to dry naturally on the hanger can help maintain their shape, and avoid unnecessary ironing. We do recommend a warm iron to achieve crisp collars and cuffs, as well as releasing contracted fibres.

Knitwear

Our fully fashioned knitwear garments are knitted in a BSCI member factory in China — using pure merino wool, or wool blends. These yarns are sourced from Responsible Wool Standard certified farms, located in Australia and New Zealand. As with all pure wool knits, some slight pilling may occur in high friction areas. Pilling can be removed by hand, or with a wool comb — or by gently washing as per care instructions. We recommend machine washing your woollen knits on a delicate / wool cycle. To avoid shrinkage, it’s important to keep the spin setting on low and ensure the temperature is cold. Hand washing is an option if your washing machine doesn't have the appropriate setting, however this requires maximum care. If hand washing, use cold water and gentle detergent, and do not rub as this can cause uneven pilling. Don’t leave your wool garment to soak — this can cause the fibres to contract, and result in shrinkage. To ensure excess water is drained, lay the garment on a towel and gently roll it up. If necessary, you can re-shape your knit whilst it’s wet, before laying flat to dry in the shade.

Outerwear

We recommend professionally dry cleaning our wool / wool blend outerwear garments. Due to the chemicals involved in this process, we advise you do this only when necessary. Any light stains can be spot cleaned with cold water and gentle wool detergent. Avoid rubbing in order to prevent pilling. We recommend storing your wool outerwear on wide-shouldered coat hangers to help maintain shape.

All HANDSOM garments are handmade with quality and longevity in mind.

We appreciate accidents happen, and do our best to help repair damaged garments for our customers. Should your garment need repairing, please contact us. Please note, charges may apply.

If you require additional buttons, please contact us so we can organise replacements for you.

Although rare, production faults can occur from time to time. If you experience a production fault, please contact us.