Indigo is a mysterious dye. Unlike other colours which penetrate the fibres, indigo sits on the top causing it to chip off and fade beautifully with age and wear. The rich blue colour you see on our indigo denim is achieved through a rope-dying process that has been used for indigo dyes for centuries.
At King & Tuckfield we love things that stand the test of time and that is why denim and other indigo dyed fabrics are so central to our design philosophy. We want you to wear and love your denim and merinos for years to come, so here's our guide to caring for your denim.
All King & Tuckfield jeans are created equal, and how often you wash your jeans is really down to personal choice. We love stories so we like to give them a few months good wear to gain some creases and cracks before the first wash. From then on we simply wash when they feel dirty, inside out on a handwash or wool machine cycle, or cold soak in the bath with a wool detergent.
INDIGO GARMENT CARE
In general we recommend washing all indigo garments separately, especially for the first 2 or 3 washes. They will definitely lose colour and it will protect the look of your garment if you wash inside out with a mild detergent.
Be careful to check the individual washing instructions as your garment may contain special fibres, such as wool or silk which need specific care.
Indigo dye may rub off onto the skin or other surfaces, please be mindful and avoid contact with light surfaces especially on the first few wears and before washing.
Merino is the perfect marriage of beauty and performance, it looks and feels amazing and is therefore no surprise that it is used from haute couture to military apparel. Machine washable, organic, wrinkle resistant, stain resistant, zero itch and zero bad odour wear after wear. We are huge merino lovers. Because of its enduring elegance Merino is central to the King & Tuckfield collection. This unique wool fibre has many special properties:
Super soft and non itchy against the skin. Your merino top is next to your skin and forms the most intimate relationship with your skin. Because merino wool is as fine as (and in many cases finer than) cashmere, it feels soft and comfortable next to your skin.
Keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Merino is a technical fibre that has the ability to control temperature and humidity. This means you will be able to wear it longer and more comfortably in both summer and winter conditions.
Easy to care for as it can be washed normally and rarely needs ironing.
Long lasting due to its outstanding resilience, King & Tuckfield merino comes from the finest quality yarns and is sustainably sourced from New Zealand. New Zealand wool is often known for it's longer staple, and naturally soft feel. This is due in part to both the altitude and vegetation available to herds.
Merino outperforms other fibres with its ability to resist the build-up of unpleasant odours. Merino does not have a lasting attachment to odour - often, all it takes is a little airing before your garment is ready to wear again. This means your garment doesn’t require as much washing and you and your garment stay fresher for longer. Better for the environment too.
CARING FOR YOUR MERINO T-SHIRT
To keep your merino tee looking as fresh as it feels, wash inside out on a cold or wool setting with a mild wool detergent.
Never tumble dry. If you iron, keep it cool.