There’s something about great knitwear that has us going back to buy two, three, even four of the same style in different colours - when the materials are A-grade, the fit is spot-on and the cut of the body and sleeves makes it seem made for you. But, do you really know how to keep your favourite jumper in tip-top shape? After all, it might not be rocket science, but there’s something to be said for getting the basics right. We asked Carolyn Yim, founder of menswear label Dreyden - watch this space when it lands on Lane Crawford in just a few weeks - to give us an idiots guide to keeping your cashmere and knitwear at its best.
“Start by choosing a good cashmere sweater, which will save you a lot of trouble later on. Making your choice judging solely on the sweater's softness is not enough. Cheaper cashmere sweaters are flimsy and dry to the touch, while a good cashmere sweater is heavy and densely knit, and feels spongy and creamy. Why? Because it uses lots more yarn per cm of sweater and is finished properly.”
“Now that you have your cashmere sweater, treat it well. Like all fine organic materials, like silk or diamonds, cashmere is delicate and can be easily damaged. Avoid wearing it against rough, abrasive materials such as canvas totes, coarse nylon bags and denim jackets.”
Fold, don’t hang
“Never hang cashmere in your closet. Always lay it flat and keep it folded. During the summer seasons, fold it flat and store it away in a soft bag with cedar wood to keep moths at bay.”
Wash only occasionally
“Pay attention to the way you wash. Cashmere is permeated with lanolin, a protective oil that wards off bacteria, preventing odours. Hence, there is no need to frequently wash wool and cashmere clothing - once or twice a season is enough. Avoid excessive dry-cleaning because it strips away the lanolin. Instead, wash it by hand or in a machine on a wool cycle. Let it air dry flat, and never tumble dry.”