Every Marle collection is intentionally designed to be part of an enduring wardrobe - core to this longevity is the care of each garment.
Inspired by the inherent texture of the fabrics that form each piece, Marle is thoughtfully crafted in exclusively natural fibres. Here we share our garment care advice so you can continue to love your Marle pieces for many seasons to come.
This season we have introduced our first GOTS certified organic cotton capsule. Simple in nature and complex in quality, the range is built upon simple silhouettes that nod to everyday wear.
Cotton is a durable natural fibre that can be machine washed on a cold cycle in environmentally friendly detergent.
For best results, line dry in the shade and refrain from wringing the garment. If the garment allows ironing, we refresh our cotton pieces with a linen water spray and iron on the recommended heat level or use a steamer.
Linen is a fibre that features in every Marle collection for its textural character and durability. Equally as important, linen is soft on the skin, breathable and favoured for its sustainable qualities, such as requiring less water to produce and being completely biodegradable.
Linen can be hand or machine washed and it becomes softer with each wash. If machine washing, use a cold cycle. Hand wash in lukewarm water and lay flat to dry. If the garment tag recommends, iron on low heat while the clothes are still slightly damp.
If your garment has a mark, sprinkle baking soda onto the area followed by a few drops of white vinegar. Soak for 15 minutes before rinsing in cool water. Repeat if necessary and wash immediately.
We adore the luxurious feel and look of sand washed silk. Take care of your adored silk pieces by handwashing in a cool or lukewarm basin. Add a small amount of delicate detergent (preferably one that notes it is gentle on silk). Agitate the item gently with your hands to make suds. Allow the item to soak (but no longer than 20 minutes). Then rinse, making sure you stick with the same water temperature throughout because silk (as with most natural fibres) doesn’t agree with a change in temperature. Once rinsed, roll the garment in a clean towel and press out excess water. If the garment tag recommends, iron on a low setting while still damp.
Hemp is a low-impact fibre that is also renowned for its durability and breathable nature. Place hemp pieces in a lingerie bag before putting them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a small amount of washing detergent, or hand wash. If hand washing, add a cup of white vinegar to remove excess soap which can cause discoloration and brown spots. Line dry or dry flat out of direct sunlight. Bring your garment inside before it fully dries, as they can become brittle.
We recommend a cold cycle for any coloured hemp garments to ensure the garment doesn’t fade over time.
While wool may be more delicate than other fabrics, there’s no reason it can’t be worn as often - a little extra care does need to be taken when wearing and when it comes to looking after it. Most knitwear can be washed in the same way – cold hand wash using an eco-friendly wool detergent. While handwashing does take more time and effort, your pieces don’t need to be washed frequently. Wool has natural self cleaning properties in the form of a water repellant surface, this prevents bacteria growth that causes odour. We recommend airing your knitwear on a drying rack outside, away from the sun. If you require spot stain removal, use a wool wash to wash the stain out and dry flat.
When the time comes to wash your pieces, start by laying your sweater flat and removing as many pills as possible with a cashmere comb or by hand. Then, submerge the sweater in water and very lightly lather the garment with the detergent. Leave to soak for 10 minutes and then rinse until there are no more bubbles from the detergent.
The best way to dry your knitwear is to lay the garment flat on top of a towel, on top of an airing rack – (do not wring your knitwear as that can damage the structure and appearance of the knit). If you need to remove excess water, prior to laying the knit on the airing rack you can roll the piece in the towel.
RESHAPING AND PILLING
If a knit has lost its shape, wash it and gently pull to reshape it. Whenever a pill appears on a garment remove it by hand or by using a knitwear comb. If using a comb ensure you stroke the sweater in one direction
Do not hang your knitwear as this will alter the shape and length. Store your knitwear neatly folded in a drawer or cupboard with either fresh lavender or whole cloves – these are natural moth deterrents.
Mohair yarn is the most likely to shed, this is due to the fine fluffy nature of the fibre. You can’t stop it from happening completely, however we recommend lightly shaking your knitwear outside to remove any of the surface fibres. We also suggest being cautious with what you pair your mohair jumpers with. We recommend wearing your pieces next to similar tones and colour palettes (ivory with neutrals and black with darker colours) and love pairing our knits with silk as the slippery surface of silk will ensure no excess fibres stick to the garment.
You can use a laundry soap bar to gently work the stain out with water, however most stains should be removed if hand washing as above.
If you’ve caught your knit on something and there’s a visible pull, the yarn can be pulled through using a knitting or crochet needle from the inside of the garment. Do not cut the pull as this will create a hole in the garment. If in doubt, take it to an alteration specialist who can do this for you.