Garment Care

Because we want your new KILT piece to last you for years to come & because we have no control over what chemicals are used in everyday products e.g. perfumes, makeup, facial cleanser, body lotions, body sprays, deodorant, hair spray products and cleaning products. The list goes on!

We have put together a list of things you can do to make your clothes last...

Always follow washing instructions inside your garment.

• Make sure your detergent is fully dissolved before submerging your garment, as direct contact with any detergent can bleach fabric or weaken fibres.

• We recommend using a detergent specially formulated for delicate fabrics such as a wool wash.

Always hand wash reasonable quickly (5-10 minutes) in cold water.

Always rinse your garment after washing to remove any detergent residue.

Never soak your garment, immediately line dry after gently squeezing out excess water.

• Dry your gorgeous garment in the shade, our sun is pretty powerful in New Zealand and we don't want it to fade or discolour your clothes.

Don't use pegs! These guys can leave some nasty marks on delicate or thick fabrics. Where possible hang your item on or over a hanger (non-clip).

• If drying flat, use an airing rack where the air can still circulate through the garment.

• Excess rubbing will cause fading on screen prints.

Never spot clean your garments as this can create marks. If you have a mark or stain you want to try and remove, we recommend taking it to your local dry cleaner for advice.

• Extra care is needed with delicate or sequinned fabrics.

• Clothes dryers can shrink your beautiful garments, don't do it!

• Make sure your deodorant, lotions and sprays are completely dry before getting dressed.

Never spray perfume (or anything) directly on clothing or jewellery.

• We use lots of gorgeous rayon and viscose fabrics, this type of fabric may appear to shrink with washing however a warm steamy press will return your garment back to original size.

• And finally, don't lend your size 8 clothes to your size 12 friend! This will cause stress on the seams and they may pull.

KILT will always stand behind manufacturing faults but we cannot be held responsible for any other damage to fabric.

Choose fabrics and garments that are practical for your lifestyle and taste! Caring for garments should not result in faults or to be a chore. Getting dressed each day should be fun and an exciting part of your day, not a constant worry about what may happen to your beloved clothes!

Certain types of fibres and weaves are more prone to fabric pilling than others and can occur either due to the natural tendency of fibres or as a result of excessive rubbing on the fabric surface. Watch out for your bags, belts and necklaces as these commonly cause pilling on garments.


Here is some information on the fabrics that KILT use frequently:

Viscose/ Rayon:

• Viscose and Rayon are made from a natural fibre such as wood pulp or plant material that has been regenerated to preform similar to a Cotton fibre.

• It must be handled with care! E.g. avoid rough handling or wringing.

• Hand wash in cold water or dry clean only.

• Washing may appear to shrink a garment as the fibres contract when wet, pressing will bring the garment back to shape.

• Warm iron (never hot!) when pressing along seams. Ensure to do this with the garment inside out or marks will be left on the surface.

• It is very flammable.


• Polyester is a manmade, extremely versatile and resilient fibre.

• It is a very strong fibre which keeps its shape and resists wrinkling. Ideally it should be folded or hung after drying to avoid any unwanted creases.

• It does not shrink and holds dye extremely well. (We recommend washing some poly garments of bright colours firstly by themselves and wash for excess dye rubbing on lighter garments when first worn.)

• Polyester is heat sensitive therefore it needs to be washed in cold water and cool ironed if used if at all. It cannot withstand high heats as this will melt or burn the fabric.

• Prone to static electricity. This can be helped by adding fabric softener to the rinsing process.


• Cotton is a natural fibre.

• It is a very light and breathable fibre, popularly worn in higher temperatures, summertime etc. due to this property.

• As there are no elastic fibres in cotton, fabrics can be wrinkled very easily therefore can need frequent pressing.

• Hand wash in cold water.

• Cotton may shrink in length with the first wash and shouldn’t be washed in warm water or hot water as this can shrink the natural fibres.

• Can be ironed with care at a hot temperature –this setting should be labelled on your iron.

• Dry flat in the shade as colours will fade if dried in direct sunlight.

Cotton Spandex –WOVEN (e.g. Kick pants/ Davis pants)

• Spandex which is an elastic fibre, is often woven into natural fibres to give stretch and comfort into garments, e.g. pants, and jackets.

• Shrinking in length can occur with this fabric in the first wash or two (due to its cotton fibres) therefore we suggest to wash them first before any alterations are made if need be.

• Darker colours should be washed alone for the first time. Colours will fade in time with washing so keep out of direct sunlight when drying and launder only when needed.

• Cold hand wash, warm iron (cotton fibres can wrinkle easily however the spandex will decrease wrinkling.)

• When purchasing Cotton Spandex garments be sure that they are a firm fit as this material will give. If in doubt ask the KILT stylist!

Cotton Spandex – KNIT

• The fibres in this Cotton Spandex blend are the same as the woven version however the way in which the fibres are knitted together give different care instructions.

• Knitted (stretch) garments are more delicate and have a softer structure than most woven fabrics to ensure that knitwear is comfortable to wear.

• Cotton Spandex will retain its shape well and is generally wrinkle free due to the recovery of the spandex fibres.

• Most Cotton Spandex garments are a firm fit on the body. Be aware that if the stretch fibres are fitted too tightly they could rupture and show through. This is commonly found on inner thighs, the seat of trousers and through the bust. This can also occur when garments become ‘worn’ and nearing the end of their life.

• Cold hand wash.

• Being Cotton means the colours can fade easily so keep out of direct sunlight when drying and launder only when needed.

• Heat in any form should not be applied as this will damage the elastic in the yarn so avoid ironing and hot water.


• Wool is a natural fibre which comes from a sheep. Merino is a specific type of sheep that produces very fine, soft, high quality wool.

• Wool is a breathable fibre, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer ensuring odour escapes therefore generally less laundering is required.

• Wool will shrink if washed at high temperatures. Hand wash in cold water. Some wool items (e.g. coats) will require only. Do not tumble dry!

Please Note: natural fibres can be tasty for moths so be careful with how these are stored.

We always tried to purchase as much of our fabric as we could from New Zealand manufacturers, who have unfortunately now closed. We source our fabrics through New Zealand based fabric suppliers and directly with factories in China. China's government has been tightening up their policies on workers and focusing on reducing emission (factories below standard would be forced to shut down). The factories that supply our fabric are adhering to local government policy and ensure minimal impact to the environment.

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