ELEMENTS

Cashmere

Cashmere is a very fine and soft natural fibre obtained from the undercoat of the cashmere goat (carpa hircus). Cashmere wool has been processed into high-quality textiles since around 1000 b.c. and was the cloth of kings.

The highest quality wool comes from Inner Mongolia, where the fine undercoat (duvet) grows particularly dense at temperatures down to -40° Celsius (for example in the Gobi desert). It has a diameter of 15 – 19 micrometers and is still considered one of the most expensive natural fibers in the world.

During the fur change in spring the animals are combed out. Approximately 150 grams of the fine fluff are obtained per animal and year. The “annual output” of three to four goats is needed to make a jumper. By way of comparison: the shearing of one single sheep produces enough wool to produce three to four jumpers. That is why the production of cashmere and a cashmere sweater is so much more expensive than the production of a sheep’s wool sweater.

Cashmere is known for its warming and climate-balancing characteristics and it is particularly important to read the washing label before washing cashmere. If the garment is suitable for the washing machine, it should be washed in the wool program between lukewarm and 40°C with a special wool launder. Cashmere should not be tumble-dried and should only be ironed and steamed at medium heat. Use a wool comb for pilling!

  • Machine washable at 30 – 40°C
  • Do not bleach
  • Dry flat in the shade
  • Drying only at moderate temperature
  • Iron at medium temperature
  • Do not dry clean

CARIAGGI

Most of our cashmere quality materials are obtained from Cariaggi – an established cashmere-spinning mill in the small town of Cagli in Umbria, Italy. Cariaggi is a yarn producer specializing in fine cashmere fibres. The raw material, the fine hair of the cashmere goat, originates from Inner Mongolia and is expertly dyed and spun in the company workshops.

Cariaggi has been accompanying us for the last 30 years and we have 100% confidence in the outstanding quality of the firm’s products, which has received several certifications:

– ISO 14001 certification – environmental system

– Ohsas 18001 Certification – Health and Safety System

– ITF certification for production traceability

– Certification for 100% renewable energies.

Naturally, all Cariaggi yarns and processing comply also with the European REACH regulations and the eco-toxicological requirements for clothing of the “National Chamber of Italian Fashion”.

Second are our suppliers Todd & Duncan. Founded in 1867 by William Todd and James Duncan, the spinning mill is located on the shores of Loch Leven in Scotland. Since its foundation it has evolved into a market leader in the manufacturing of high-quality cashmere yarns. The company’s secret of success is that the yarns are washed in water taken from the Loch, which is particularly soft and so does not harm the fibre. The fibres are dyed and treated in the firm’s own dye houses in accordance with the Scottish tradition of this ancient craft.

SILK

Silk has been gained from the cocoon of the silkworm for more than 5000 years. An undamaged cocoon can produce a continuous filament of up to 900 m (the protein from the cocoon of the silkworm is the only continuous fibre found in nature). In conventional silk production, the caterpillars do not survive the process, but are killed by heat. In the so called “Peace Silk” the cocoon is sliced so that the finished butterfly can slip before the cocoon is thrown into hot water.

Washing silk is a challenge! The best method is not necessarily by hand, especially if the care symbol recommends cleaning: prints can bleed out and the silk can become brittle and fragile. You should never bleach silk or put it in the tumble dryer. Do not iron silk except at low temperature, preferably from the inside. Consider how incredibly fine this silk fibre is and stress it as little as possible.

  • delicate wash cycle only
  • Do not bleach
  • Not suitable for tumble drying
  • Iron at low temperature
  • Dry cleaning: any solvent except trichloroethylene
  • gentle drying

LEATHER

We use pig skins for our leather fringes. Pigs have been farmed for thousands of years and slaughtered for food production. Unfortunately, nowadays only the meat is often further processed and the rest of the animal is thrown away.

We obtain our leather from a German leather merchant right from the very beginning and have it trimmed to fringes by a Bavarian furrier on Lake Tegernsee.

Leather is a natural product and should be cared for just as one takes care of one’s own skin. Leather, especially vegetable tanned leather, is sensitive to wetness, light and dirt. It can be made slightly more durable and resistant by regular greasing or the use of care products such as impregnating spray. However, not all types of leather are compatible with the use of such products, so they should be tried out in a non-visible area before applying the visible parts.

Always pay attention to professional leather cleaning. The most compatible is the so-called F cleaning, which is however rarely used. This is why P cleaning is often chosen, but this can be too aggressive for some types of leather.

  • No machine wash
  • Do not bleach
  • Leather cleaning F
  • Keep in a safe place

COTTON

Cotton has been cultivated and used since around 6000 BC for the production of textiles.

The raw material consists of the seed fibers of the ripe cotton fruits. These fibers consist of 95% cellulose and may be up to 4 cm long. Cotton is grown in monocultures and consumes a lot of water. You should therefore pay attention to the origin, some certificates clarify about sustainable cultivation, such as the “GOTS” label, labelling “kbA”, “Fairtrade” or the “IVN” certificate.

Cotton is considered robust, but feels pleasant on the skin. Garments are breathable, durable and can be washed often.

  • Machine wash at 40°C
  • Do not bleach
  • Ironing at medium temperature
  • dry cleaning: any solvent other than trichloroethylene
  • Not suitable for tumble dryers

PACKAGING

It is no secret that we cannot avoid packaging. In order not to harm the environment, we follow our notion of “mindful luxury”. We are proud to have found in www.biobiene.com a trustworthy partner who has set himself the goal of a world without plastic waste. For your order we only use packaging material made of renewable raw materials that are completely biodegradable and compostable or can be reused.

Each product is wrapped in a transparent foil bag to protect it from moisture and other environmental influences. These ECOMARINE bags are an absolute novelty and completely dissolve in freshwater and seawater, so no toxic waste ends up in our oceans. The bags can also be composted, however, it is best to re-use them to store your cherished clothes and so keep them safely protected from moths.

We respect the environment also with our boxes – made of environmentally friendly corrugated cardboard they can be reused or easily recycled.

Our document bags: They are made of 100% paper and with an environmentally friendly adhesive, meaning they too are easy to recycle.

TRANSPORT

UPS offers the opportunity to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by the transportation of packages in a fair manner: for every ton of CO2 a package produces in its journey from us to you, an equivalent amount of CO2 is saved through a verified emission reduction project anywhere in the world. By participating in UPS’s CO2-neutral program, we support international projects that help mitigate the climate impact of shipping. Read more.

ZANDER OBLIGED

ZANDER (= PIKE-PERCH)
If you bear the name of one of the largest Indigenous sweet-water predator fish and you work in an industry that robs the planet of its natural resources, and contributes to the greatest water pollution in the world, you should try to swim against the tide!

We make every effort to manufacture
and deliver our products as carefully
and transparently as possible.

The flow of waste, including plastics and chemicals, to the rivers, lakes and oceans across the globe threatens the existence of sea-life and countless marine species, but also human beings.According to recent research, waste equivalent of a truckload enters our oceans every minute, every day, all year long. In addition, human intervention such as hunting whales and large fish or habitual over-fishing of even protected species make the situation worse.

We would like to contribute to the support of people who are committed to protecting the oceans. Therefore for each item we sell, we are donating 3,- Euro. Thus we would like to support the preservation and protection of the natural environment and our namesakes!

If you would like to learn more about this project or make a donation, Please contact us directly.