The way we care for our garments has a huge impact on how long they last, in addition to our environment.
Before adding content and care labels to our garments, Mimi test washes each fabric herself so she can share the best way to care for the garment. While we try to use as many machine washable fabrics as possible, sometimes we just fall in love with a specialty fabric that can only be dry-cleaned.
Mimi tests all fabrics for shrinkage and color fastness by machine washing them in hot and cold water, and by putting them in the dryer and line drying them. More often than not, the best way to wash the garment is by using cold water and hanging the item to dry. By washing your garments in this manner, the opportunity for the fabric to shrink and lose it's color is significantly reduced. Hanging your garments to dry will also reduce the opportunity for the fabric to pill since the items won't be tossed around together. Washing your garments in cold water significantly reduces your energy usage and thus your electricity bill. Heating water is responsible for about 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes in hot water. Take the step and switch to washing your garments in cold water, your clothing and wallet will thank you!