Vintage care guide

WASHING VINTAGE CLOTHES

-First tip to preserve your Vintage garments is to be extremely careful!

Read the care label and follow the washing instructions when available.

-Wash at 20/30 degrees where possible, use gentle cycles or lightly hand-wash and always turn them inside out.

-Choose eco-friendly dry cleaners, they use non-toxic detergents that are better for your health and for the environment.

-Our favourite detergent is Eucalan Wrapture free from toxins, bleaches, phosphates, perfumes and dyes.

It is ph-neutral and all fragrances come from essential oils, which keep moths away.

-Always air dry your garments, do not use a tumble dryer.

-Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are very helpful to get rid of bad odour. 

Hang the clothing in a steamed bathroom and place a bowl filled with vinegar under the garments, making sure that the fabric is not touching the liquid.

Otherwise you can put your garment in a plastic bag with baking soda, shake it well and leave it for 24/48 hours.It works with furs too.

-Avoid to use water on velvet, sequins and crepe fabric.

STORING VINTAGE CLOTHING

-Keep your vintage clothes in a dry, dust-free place away from direct sunlight.

-Wide hangers are not recommended, avoid plastic and wood ones and invest in the velvet or in the fabric padded ones.

-Never store your garments in plastic bags or plastic storage containers as the fabric needs to breathe.

-Moth eggs and larvae cannot survive in extremely hot or cold temperatures therefore, before the washing process, freeze your garments for 48 hours or treat them with a steamer.

-Keep your clothes clean, moths love human sweat and food particles. 

REPAIRING YOUR VINTAGE CLOTHING

-Take care of your garments, make sure you repair them as soon as you see an issue.

-Old sticky metal zippers can be lubed with graphite pencil, vaseline or waxed by running a candle over the teeths.

-Small holes can be discreetly mend with matching thread, embroidery floss, or yarn.

Large rips and holes that are not repairable, can be covered with patches or fabrics.

-Vintage buttons can have characteristic shapes and materials associated with different eras.

Sometimes you need to replace missing buttons or an entire set from your vintage finds, so it is great to have a resource of vintage buttons.Very often I buy Vintage pieces only to rescue the buttons, it can be much cheaper than buying them separately.

 

SIZE GUIDE

Our garment measurements are taken in cm with the item laid flat.

-Bust:Measured from armpit to armpit across the front of the garment.

-Waist:Measured from the narrowest part of the waist.

-Hips:Measured from the fullest part of the hips.

-Length:Measured from the highest point to the hem.

-Sleeve Length:Measured from shoulder seam to the hem of the sleeve.

-Shoulder:Measured from shoulder seam to collar seam.

 

CONDITION INFORMATION

Vintage clothing may display wear and tear, not all items will be perfect. 

We inspect each item in detail to check the quality and to determine if there are any issues that you need to know about. 

Each piece is classified into the follow categories:

-Brand new:

Brand new clothing that has never been worn before.

Usually these unworn items are complete with the original merchandise tags. 

Please be aware that the brand new items with tag and leather clothing/accessories have only been steamed and not washed.

-Excellent: 

Excellent condition clothing, with no holes, stains, or repairs.

-Good:

Good condition clothing which appears worn and may have a combination of fading or a minor flaw. 

Flaws are outlined in the garment description.

-Fair:

Fair condition clothing are still wearable but they can show significant wear, sometimes they need to be restored or repaired

Flaws are outlined in the garment description.

 

"Vintage clothing, unless you are very lucky, will show signs of wear and tear.

Historical clothing has a story and these signs of wear and tear can be a distinguishing mark of Vintage, just like the shabby chic of antique furniture".

Nicky Albrechtsen 

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