Every piece in our collection is crafted with longevity in mind.

Here we share our experience on how to make your pieces last longer and continue to look great.

The benefits of cotton


Our shirts are made from high quality cotton, Two Ply (double twisted fiber) for a very fine but dense and resistant fabric.

Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the boll of a cotton plant. Whatever form it takes, cotton as a natural fabric is always breathable and regulates heat to help you maintain a comfortable temperature.

How to wash and care for cotton

  • Cotton can be machine or hand washed. To prevent garments from shrinking and to keep them looking their best, wash at 30°. 
  • Place delicate items in a mesh bag to help prevent snagging or twisting during machine cycles. 
  • Always wash white, colored and dark shirts separately using the correct detergent.
  • For darker pieces, patch test on an inside seam to check the color won’t be affected. 
  • Always wash the shirt inside out to avoid unnecessary wear.
  • Put a maximum of six shirts per wash in the washing machine.
  • Pre treat stains before washing by dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the area. 
  • Do not put the shirt in a dryer but hang it on a hanger immediately after washing. Smooth seams, hem, cuffs and button placket by hand. Any creases will disappear when worn because of body heat.
  • Hang cotton out to dry, as heat from tumble dryers can cause it to shrink. This also saves energy.
  • Iron the shirt when it is still slightly damp and never iron warmer than on two dots

Wash at 30C / 65-85F

Iron at medium temperature (150C / 300F)

Do not bleach

Do not tumble dry

Any solvent

Cleaning methods for shirts

There are three methods you can wash your shirt: at cleaners by ‘wash and press’, at cleaners by ‘dry cleaning’ and at home by yourself.

Method 1: “Wash and press” at the cleaners

‘Wash and press’ is the common way to clean dress shirts when you take them to the cleaners.  At most cleaners the process involves:

  • Washing your shirt in a normal washing machine using water and detergent.
  • Removing most of the water from the shirt with the spin cycle in the washing machine.
  • Ironing the shirt onto an industrial shirt press that closes over the shirt and simultaneously irons the garment while removing all of the moisture.

It is a convenient way to clean our shirts, but it can be to hard for the product.

The slamming of the press over the front of the shirt can cause buttons to chip or shatter. If the shirt torso or sleeve is stretched over the press when it is steamed dry it can cause this part of the shirt to become wider in these areas.  Finally, in the process of bringing the shirts from the cleaners to your closet collars will often be smashed in some way, requiring additional ironing for optimal appearance.

Method 2: “Dry clean” at the cleaners

Tis is a fast method and I recommend it only when you have oil-based stains on the shirt. While this cleaning method will not damage the shirt and minimize shrinkage, it does have some downsides.  One of this is that water soluble stains are not removed. Dry cleaning solvents contain very little to no water so perspiration-based dirt can be left untouched.  Washing dress shirts in water is better for removing water soluble dirt.

Method 3: Wash the shirt yourself at home

If you want to take more care after your shirt and have a little more control over the lifetime of your garment, you may wash your dress shirts at home. This is the best and safest option but requires a bit of time and care on your part. To do so properly I point out the steps:

  • Unbutton all of the buttons, including cuff buttons and any collar buttons.  Remove any collar stays if it has them and put them in a safe place.
  • Pre-treat any stains by carefully working a little detergent into them or spot-cleaning.
  •  To minimize wear on a fine or lightweight dress shirt, use the Delicate cycle. Whites and light colors can use hot water.  Dark colored shirts that you don’t want to fade should be washed with cold water. Take care not to include other laundry items with bold colours that may bleed into your shirts.
  • Be sure not to use any detergents or cleaners that are chlorine based as these will cause discoloration to shirt fabrics.
  • Wash the shirts in the washing machine, and then let the spin cycle wring most of the water out of the garment.
  • Do not dry in the dryer your shirts. If you dry your shirts completely in the dryer, you’ll find the shirt a bit harder to iron perfectly, and they will likely shrink beyond Proper Cloth’s calculated shrinkage allowances
  • The shirts will be tightly crumpled in the washing machine so you’ll want to remove them promptly before these intense wrinkles will dry into the shirt.
  •  Hang the shirts up or lay them out so that they can air dry.  Be careful about hanging the shirts on a sharp hanger or with tight clothespins as this can distort the fabric or leave a mark on the shirt.
  • You don’t need to wait for the shirts to be completely dry to begin this step, but they should be mostly dry.

Our recommendation to maximize dress shirt life

  • Try not to leave dirty white shirts in the hamper for too long before washing. This can lead to premature yellowing of the collar band as any sweat and oils will have more time to set into the fabric of the shirt.
  • Always remove the collar stays from the collar before washing and ironing.  If you don’t they will become warped causing the dress shirt collar points to curve.
  • Iron your shirts when are still slightly dump, at maximum 2 dots and try to follow the wright steps for ironing in order to have a perfect shirt:

Start ironing the collar and the cuffs on the back side. The next in order are the sleeves and after start with the body front part – back part – front part. 

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