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How to take good care of your fur and cashmere clothing

How to take good care of your fur and cashmere clothing

You just invested a decent amount of money in fur or cashmere? See below our tips from Patricia K Pritchard – all the finer things which hopefully will help you to ensure your fashion investment stays a long time with you!

First of all thank you for caring for your clothing: as both genuine fur and cashmeres are natural fibres they will last you a long time IF you give them the care they deserve.

Tips how to look after genuine fur items:

  • Please do hang your fur coat always on a broad, sturdy padded hanger to keep the shoulders from losing their shape.
  • Avoid hanging your fur in a garment bag, especially a plastic bag, that doesn’t breathe. If you want to keep dust and naughty nibbles off it use a 100% cotton garment bag or an old pure cotton bedsheet. It will act as a barrier against light, dust and moths – although if you have moths they might eventually nibble their way through to the fur. So moth prevention is important.
  • Always keep your furs in a cold, dark and dry place to avoid drying the pelt and natural hair fibres out. If you still have a furrier in your area who offers cold storage of fur in the summer consider taking him/her up on it.
  • Before storing do unpin all jewelry pinned onto your coat as it will possibly mat the fur.
  • If your fur took the smell of food or some places on you went – do NOT spray Parfum on it. Instead a trick you could use is to hang it into your bathroom after you had a shower and the steam will help to self clean the hair on your fur. Make sure it is completely dry before storing it.
  • A genuine fur coat should be cleaned every year by a professional fur cleaner, (this is different to your normal dry cleaner). Even if you don’t wear it often, animal fur gathers dust, oils, and odors. Even though you might not want to spend too much money on a professional clean – it is like sending your hair to a hairdresser: it will add luster and shine to the fur and keep it from becoming matted. So a little continuous investment will make sure your fur will last.
  • If you have any other questions do contact us – if we cannot answer your question we will endeavour to find someone within our furrier circle or at the British Fur Trade Association – of which we are proud members – to find the correct answer for you.

Tips how to look after genuine cashmere items:

  • As much as we aren’t experts for dry cleaning we personally wash our cashmere items by hand with special cashmere detergent. Whilst doing that use cold or luke warm water (NEVER hot water as this will shrink the fibres)
  • Press out the excess water, but do not wring the sweater. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.
  • But before you wash your cashmere item do ask yourself if it is really necessary to wash it – as less washing is better – sometimes a good airing does the trick.
  • DO NOT hang your cashmere sweaters on hangers that will pull them out of shape – instead if you can do fold them.
  • As Cashmere is like fur a natural fibre it will deteriorate and lose colour if exposed to prolonged sunshine. Therefore keep the Cashmere in a cool, dark and dry place.
  • If you are afraid of moths who might want to eat your lovely clothes, do place moth deterrent around your clothes – always around and never on top or underneath your clothes as the active ingredient of the anti moth items might come in contact with your natural fibres and introduce a colour change. If you are using Cedar blocks – make sure any potential rough edges are not catching your garments and giving you ladders or holes.
  • After every season just before you store your winter clothes away do make sure every item you are going to store is clean, shaken out and then fold. Possibly use a garment tissue paper in between items – so no item will transfer colour from one to another.
  • If you put your cashmere items away for a while do invest in a good nylon or plastic bag which can be zipped up and sealed. So they keep on smelling fresh I love putting some cedar wood blocks in there too – just make sure the wood isn’t pulling any threads off the cashmere.
  • If you aren’t sure you haven’t stored any critters within – you could put your nicely packed cashmeres in the freezer for 48hrs and that should kill all moth larvae if present.
  • Cashmere will start bobbling after a while – it’s a natural occurrence due to the woven fibres – but it does vary from piece to piece depending on the length of the fibres used. Give it a shave from time to time with the cashmere shaver you could pick up in a well stocked department store or online. Our favourite one is the Alessi one.

Any comments or questions – we are here to help. Do email us or contact us via instagram or the contact page on our website. Looking forward hearing from you and keep yourself updated with more interesting blogs, new arrivals and chances to win by signing up to our monthly newsletter X Patricia and Cherie from ‚Patricia K Pritchard Ltd. – all the finer things‘

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Fur: The Sustainable Option

Fur: The Sustainable Option

‘Fur phobia’ has swept through the Fashion Industry. High end fashion brands, such as Chanel, Fendi and Prada, use fur, leather and animal skin. However, with luxury comes the perception that these products are simply a way for you to show off your wealth and are harmful to animals and the environment. The ever-growing hatred for authentic fur fashion has caused ‘lower end’ UK retailers to react, choosing plastic and faux fur alternatives.

For example, Boohoo and ASOS, two of the UK’s leading retailers have teamed up with PETA (People for ethical treatment of animals) to prohibit the use of fur, silk, leather, animal skin, cashmere and wool. Instead, they use man made acrylics which actually cause more damage, in the long run, to the environment.

60% of synthetic fabrics are now made in factories using machinery powered by fossil fuels, that is adding to air pollution and the overall effect of global warming. Once made, the fabrics shed micro fibres that will take hundreds of years to bio-degrade. These tiny plastic particles that are shed in the wash can end up in waterways and food supplies and are ingested by aquatic animals. Not only this, in 2018 the UK alone took 300,000 tonnes of textiles and clothing, not all of which could be recycled properly, to landfill.

Keith Kaplin, of the Fur Information Council says “petrol-based plastic fur is extremely harmful to the environment. It isn’t biodegradable and It’s harmful to wildlife”.

We aren’t saying that high fashion brands are totally blameless. They often burn stock to ensure the brands value doesn’t depreciate (2018 saw Burberry burn stock worth £28.6million) but the use of furs, silks, skin and leather lasts a life time and is highly sustainable in the long term.

As the late Karl Lagerfeld said, “I hate the idea of killing animals in a horrible way, but as long as people eat meat and wear leather I don’t get the message”.

When it came to the use of real fur, Karl had backing from a range of other high-end fashion houses and tailors. In reality, European fur lives a great life and animals aren’t kept in cages and tortured as animal rights activists have you believe. The fur trade is considered a way of managing the wildlife population and provides livelihood for many communities.

Fashion manufacturers and retailers seem to be under the influence of animal rights activists, who often use ‘sustainability’ as an excuse for being anti-fur. In the UK, this has become an increasing issue and is even backed by the Government, who has banned the production of fur in the United Kingdom. This has expanded further afield, driving the fur trade out of Europe to lands where animal rights don’t even exist, such as Russia and China.

Whilst fur isn’t for everyone, it has many benefits when it comes to longevity and sustainability. For luxury fur pieces that will never go out of style browse our Patricia K Pritchard wardrobe.

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Our favourite Spring fashion pieces from the Patricia K Pritchard wardrobe

Our favourite Spring fashion pieces from the Patricia K Pritchard wardrobe

Spring is finally here and we’ve seen the evenings get longer and the weather get (a little bit) warmer. Here at Patricia K Pritchard, we think it’s the perfect time to swap heavy furs for lighter fabrics and integrate some colour into our wardrobes. Here we explore our favourite Spring fashion pieces from the Patricia K Pritchard wardrobe.


The ‘Sasha’ outdoor parka gilet


Our first pick is the ‘Sasha’ parka style gilet which gets you ready for Spring whilst keeping you warm. It’s the perfect piece for any outdoor and countryside enthusiast to wear over a jumper or blouse. The gilet is made in a water-repellent cotton mix which keeps you protected from all types of weather, perfect for a temperamental Spring in the U.K. Genuine racoon fur trim on the hood keeps the wind off your face and a gorgeous rabbit fur lining pads the jacket and keeps you warm on chilly Spring days. If you prefer a sleeved jacket, we also have a ¾ sleeved parka jacket available as well. Just search for the ‘Gabby’.


The ‘Caroline’ reversible shawl



The ‘Caroline’ reversible shawl is a classic piece for any elegant ladies’ wardrobe. In fact, we love it so much we have a collection of fantastic colours and styles available. Each shawl is sleeved, to make it a little more practical, but you can choose your colours and we even have faux furred collars available (please note, this option is slightly dearer in price). Keep it neutral with greys, beiges and browns or be bold and beautiful in greens, reds, pinks and blues. We may be biased, but we definitely think this is a must have piece for those colder Spring and Summer evenings.


The ‘Britta’ silk scarf



Here at Patricia K Pritchard, we believe silk is a must have in any wardrobe and the ‘Britta’ scarf is one of our favourites. It’s 100% satin silk so will keep you feeling warm or cool, dependent on the weather. Available in a stunning range of colours: navy, pink or brown, it’s the perfect finishing touch for any outfit.


The ‘Conny’ Cashmere throw



The ‘Conny’ cashmere throw is a timeless piece that provides the finishing touch for any day-to-night outfit. Drape it over your shoulders at special occasions and events, or loosely tie it over your outfit to keep the chill off during the day. There is no right way to wear this throw, as it can accompany any outfit. Here at Patricia K Pritchard, we love it so much we have a fantastic range of stunning colours available for you to choose from. It really is the finishing touch to any outfit.


‘Lea’ tanned fur sliders or the ‘Trish’ three coloured fur sliders



Combine style and comfort with our range of sliders, exclusively available at Patricia K Pritchard. Keep it simple with the ‘Lea’ sliders (pictured above) with a rose gold rubber slide and a genuine tan fox fur trim. Alternatively, you can go for something a little bolder with the ‘Trish’ three coloured fur sliders. Black rubber slides topped with genuine fox fur in white, brown and pink. If you can’t decide which to purchase, why not go for both? We love both styles for Spring.


The ‘Andrea’ fur gilet



Nobody ever said you couldn’t wear fur in the Spring, and our team at Patricia K Pritchard agree the ‘Andrea’ fur gilet is a must have for this time of year. The a-symmetric hem and draped style front help to make the layering-look easy. Its thick knit design and warm rex rabbit fur will keep the chill off this Spring. We’ve kept this piece simple, and only have grey and black to choose from, but we do have a bolero style version, the ‘Joanne’ available in even more colours.

The products featured in this blog are only a selection of our favourite pieces to add to your Spring wardrobe. For most of the products there’s a fantastic range of stunning colours available for you to choose from. Simply, search the name of the product (for example ‘Britta’ for the scarf) at the top of any page to find the full range of styles and colours in that product.

To shop our full collection of products, click here.

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… the Fashion! Fur sliders are a fantastic way to style up your day at home. Super comfortable and available with real fur or bespoke with faux fur trims. They make fabulous gifts for friends or why not treat yourself to a pair yourself today?

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