LEARN HOW TO KEEP YOUR CASHMERE LOOKING (AND FEELING) LUXURIOUSLY SOFT

CARING FOR YOUR CASHMERE

LEARN HOW TO KEEP YOUR CASHMERE LOOKING (AND FEELING) LUXURIOUSLY SOFT

We love cashmere at Jigsaw; it’s one of the softest natural fibers available and ours comes on an incredible journey before being transformed into the sweaters and cardigans available for you to wear.

It starts its journey in the hills and mountains of Mongolia where herders work tirelessly all year round, obtaining silky soft hair from Kashmir goats. Coming from hair as opposed to wool, cashmere is both light and soft with a fine texture, lending itself well to lightweight knitwear while remaining incredibly warm; a real investment piece for winter months.

We have a kaleidoscope of cashmere available this season and to keep it looking fresh we have some handy care tips to offer. After all, in the words of Frances Walker our Head of Menswear, “Nothing else feels like wearing a hug”.

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The friction of wear can cause pilling on your new investment. Do not fear – it’s super-easy to fix, and will have your knitwear looking brand new in a minute or two. Invest in a good cashmere comb (we provide one with your purchase) to use after every couple of wears and the fibers will stay silky soft for longer.

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Some cashmere items are dry clean only, but in most cases you can wash your knits at home by hand. Regular hand washing will keep your new knits fresh and fluffy. An insider tip is to use a tiny drop of baby shampoo to clean with and it will keep it super soft. Always wash very carefully in cool water, and never wring. Reshape when wet (making sure buttons are done up and sleeves and hems are straight), lie flat- between two clean towels and allow to dry naturally. A little patience is needed here – hanging on a hanger while wet may also cause it to become misshapen so keep it flat until dry.

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Now, a care guide on cashmere wouldn’t be complete without at least a little mention of moths. It doesn’t matter how carefully you de-pill and wash your cashmere – if you get a little visit from moths, your hard work will have been in vain.  The best option is to pack your knits away in airtight plastic bags between seasons. Placing a lavender bag or hanging some rosemary will further deter the moths. If you do find small holes and suspect it could be moths, put your garment in the freezer to kill any insects and ensure the holes stop there.

A good pair of white pants is a staple for every woman’s wardrobe. White jeans have always been a summer favorite, and now with the “winter white” trend , you can wear your white jeans past the Labor Day cut off date. Forget those fashion rules; they were meant to be broken! At Jigsaw, we are  loving an all white look; it’s fresh and clean, giving off an effortless feel. Here are three outfits to help give some inspiration on how to style white jeans this autumn.

HO1A4966A white button down and pair of white jeans is an easy go-to outfit. The Ethnic Embroidered Shirt is our pick for an effortless and chic look. The semi-sheer material of the blouse is perfect for a summer outing and its intricate details are simply lovely. For the ladies, who are skeptical of an all-white outfit, throw on a jacket to break up a monochromatic look. Our Knitted Denim Jacket is the perfect throw on to complete any outfit.

 

 

HO1A4965Another great way to style white jeans is pairing them with an off white top. White on cream can be a subtle statement that looks just as great as an all white fit. We love our US made Jersey Boat Neck Tees because they are a classic wardrobe essential- not to mention, they are extremely comfortable. Who doesn’t love an everyday tee?

HO1A4994To elevate this look for a nighttime appeal, we chose the US made Kimono Cardigan as our sweater choice. It’s unique shape gives the outfit an overall sophisticated look. Button the sleeves or wear it completely open, this lightweight cardigan gives one plenty of options for styling.

 

HO1A5008Our final outfit that we styled with white jeans is with a printed tan blouse. It’s not an “all white” look, but this is a great alternative for ladies, who are not into that bright white look. It’s still refreshing and gives an overall light appeal to an outfit. The clean monochromatic color palette looks crisp, and with the printed blouse, you’ll being feeling far from basic.

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Will you be wearing a white ensemble this autumn?

We want to know how you wear white! 

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This season in a totally new departure, we worked with a film director for the latest shoot in a move away from traditional fashion photography. We caught up with Francesca to talk fashion, female empowerment, and the inspiration behind the images. 

 “In terms of inspiration for the shoot,” says Francesca, “There was strength… I wasn’t interested in posing the model in the typical ‘girly’ poses: There was kind of an androgyny to it. She was as in control of the situation and I think that added to a sexuality that works for both men and women. I think in this campaign the Jigsaw woman comes across as confident and strong and sexual and not afraid to own herself – and why shouldn’t she?!”

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“I think in telling a story in film it’s really about capturing the humanity”, Francesca continues. “It’s about having that rapport with the actor or model where they feel comfortable with you and confident in you to reveal themselves. When they open themselves up to you, the clothes look better because they become part of the story and it is your job to capture that moment, that bravery of reveal.”

“I’m always curious about what it is that makes one image stronger than another and I think it really comes down to people revealing who they are, because that’s always so attractive – our humanity, capturing in a single frame the essence of who we are. Someone’s individual truth is actually what we respond to in an image, and the more specific and intimate paradoxically the more universal, simply because it rings true and that cannot be denied.”

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We’re all living life already so for me it’s about heightened reality and that’s what fashion is… It’s aspirational, it’s about fantasy. I love that in-between space where anything can happen.

“To me, costumes are the unsung heroes in film, as are film editors – I think those two elements don’t get the credit they deserve. I think if anyone watches either of my films, you’ll see great attention paid to costume. I fancy myself as a stylish person so I do think about it; I’m not obsessed by it, but I want to look good!

At the end of the day, you can have the best lighting in the world, the best framing in the world, but what you’re framing up is the actor in their clothes so the clothes better be rock solid and express something about who that person is.”

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Francesca Gregorini is an Italian-American film director and writer based in L.A. Francesca has worked with HBO and Paramount Pictures, as well as co-writing and co-directing the movie ‘Tanner Hall’ starring Rooney Mara, an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, and wrote and directed ‘The Truth about Emanuel’ starring Kaya Scodelario, which was selected for the US Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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This summer’s art prints’ continue into AW14, the patterns inspired by modernist painters – colorful abstracts and painted textures on beautiful silks and viscose.

BLURRED JEWEL

This futuristic print has been hand-painted and digitally augmented with Persian rose and magenta providing a captivating colour palette. Find it on our silk front tee, coming soon.

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A vintage print, we have updated the original pattern with a refined colour palette and a distinctively modern feel. Find it as a painted tee and pencil skirt.

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NEON CHECK

Inspired by the catwalk, this digital print has a neutral khaki base interspersed with pops of neon to bring to life a modern check; a key trend this season.

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BLUE DEPTHS

This 50s vintage print has been hand-painted onto silk and woven into the collection in the form of an elegant dresspencil skirt and silk top.

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FALLING FLOWER

We hand-painted this print onto silk and bleached out the pattern to create a contemporary ditzy floral.

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