clever care

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Tangent Garment Care textile shampoo, Uniqlo jumper, COS socks

Long time, no see! I’m terribly sorry about my lack of updates. Managed to get the flu and has been ill since Saturday, hence the absence. Indeed the worst timing ever now that I’m in the middle of lots of projects and a dissertation nightmare.

Well, will start fresh with a post about clever care of your clothes and textiles. I have always been, and is even more concerned now with human´s environmental impact on the globe and sustainability, and have therefore decided to write about this theme now and then. Give some tips which makes one´s life more sustainable and in many cases even easier. We all have a responsibility when it comes to this issue.

So, let’s open the new category “sustainable style” by talking about laundry. Yep, laundry. It may seem unimportant and boring, but if there is one thing you want to do in terms of being more environmental friendly – this is the area to have a go (insanely amounts of water is being used for laundry every year. And there are insanely amounts of people in the world who don’t even have access to drinking water. So when using water – use it wise).
We all know that it is necessary to have clean clothes, but there are more clever tricks which makes your clothes clean and delightful and even last longer (which is alpha omega!) – without washing them everyday, on 60 degrees. Are you with me?

Textile shampoo: So, the first thing to make sure when washing your clothes is to find the correct textile shampoo for you garment. For instance, the bottle you see in the photo is organic and made especially for more fragile fabrics like wool, cashmere, silk and mohair. This is particularly important if you want to make your wardrobe last. The fabrics react differently on the liquids (the enzymes in “normal” laundry liquid for example, will actually destroy the wool. Even it only contains 5% wool). So, find the right liquid for the right fabric and even better – buy organic liquids if possible!

Temperature: Okay, so most people think that it’s necessary to wash the clothes on 60 degrees. That is completely wrong! Your laundry will be perfectly clean on 30 degrees. Yep, really. And while we’re on it: use the eco program on your machine when washing. More sustainable, cheaper and more effective.

Drying: Air-drying is always best! Never use a tumble dryer. It ruins the fibers in the clothes and can even shrink them.

Storage: This one is not exactly about laundry but more related to making your clothes last longer. Use dust bags when you can (especially for shoes), store your clothes in rooms which are dry (not in a mouldy basement), fold garments which are more fragile (like wool) and hang clothes like shirts, dresses and tops. It truly matters.

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deborah turbeville

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Deborah Turbeville – one of the photographer´s (only female!) who made a shift in the fashion photography practice in the 70s by using a style which then was seen as `shocking´ (together with Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton).
Her dark and theatrical style is still relevant, sublime, interesting and above all iconic.

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midi

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Acne jacket and shoes, Secondhand t-shirt, COS skirt and socks, Maria Black bracelet, Casio watch

Photos: Élena Urbelyté, Editing: Me

Look guys! I´m wearing a skirt! A rather rare sight, huh? Usually tend to opt for trousers and more masculine inspired pieces because it suits my body better. Besides short, tight skirts are uncomfortable, and comfort is for me alpha omega when pulling together outfits. There are however exceptions (have to get out of the comfort zone once in a while, right?).
I have actually been hunting for a classic, black midi skirt for quite a while now and jumped of excitement when I found this perfect silk, midi skirt on sale at COS  (it looks navy in the pictures but is in reality black). Work as perfect for everyday use as for more dressed up occasions. Inaugurated the new darling at the private view on Saturday and was thrilled and fascinated by how easy it is to move in skirts like this. Thumbs up for midi skirts!

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the private view

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On Saturday evening it was time for the official opening of ‘Aesthetic: 12 artists ● 12 perceptions’. Started with dinner and drinks at Hoi Polloi (once again) with some friends before heading to Hackney Wick. The venue was already packed when we arrived and the private view went really well – thanks to everyone who came! (Fun fact: Jamie Winstone and an agent from Tate popped by!). We got tipsy and had a good time but decided to end the evening with seriously delicious cocktails and some more friends at Beagle. A magnificent Saturday in other words!

Ps. The exhibition will run until 25th October and is located in Hackney Wick at The Old Baths. Feel free to take a look (free admission)!
Fyi my piece is also for sale (£150), contact me on thea.lovstad@kebas.no if you’re interested.

xx