The Importance of Garment Care

Let's be honest; most of us have probably never looked at our care labels, or have even cut them off. Most of us will toss everything in the wash and hope for the best. I wouldn't blame you for that; who has the time to sort items into colour or washing heat?

 

When you are working with cheap clothing, it may not even bother you that you’re lowering its life expectancy, who cares? You’ll just buy something else, right? And so many labels just throw in a bunch of disclaimers into their care instructions to cover their own backs and don't help you or the garment at all (like an over-use of dry cleaning).

 

 To help promote sustainable fashion, Kangan Institute and the Red Cross have formed a partnership to show off the possibilities of 'upcycling' second-hand unsalable garments that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. These garments are my contributions to that cause. (thanks to PNP media for the photos)

To help promote sustainable fashion, Kangan Institute and the Red Cross have formed a partnership to show off the possibilities of 'upcycling' second-hand unsalable garments that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. These garments are my contributions to that cause. (thanks to PNP media for the photos)

Australians send over 500,000 tonnes of leather and textiles to landfill each year. 500,000 tonnes in Australia alone.How insane is that? Much of which is polyester and does not break down well, or at all.

 

“But what can I do?” I hear you ask. There are lots of things you can do! Buy second hand and donate reusable garments to charity stores; repair old garments rather than throw them out; or buy quality and make it last. And part of making it last is caring for it correctly.

 

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Many online stores are not providing enough details - they ask for the trust of their customers to buy their goods without putting forward the most basic information. Surely you’ve seen it too: when you’ll come across a beautiful image, the size is there, the price is there, but what is it made of? How delicate is it? How much effort do I need to take care of it?

 

I wanted to make sure customers get the info they need to make an informed choice, and give them a chance to buy items that fit into their lifestyle, so my aim is to create an online care hub at harrymillward.com/care that gives information about the fabrics I use, and how to care for them.

 

If there's something you want to know or you want to share your own experiences on the subject, leave a comment!

All items now in stock

Just received all my stock for all my merino wool knitwear!

I've also added a new item, a version of the cardigan without the sleeves! Just like the sleeved version its 100% merino wool, melange grey, good to mix and match with any wardrobe, versatile, warm and breathable.

I'll make sure to take some proper photos soon, here's a little preview of what it looks like :)

https://www.harrymillward.com/store/draped-cardigan #madewithvue

- Harry

First Mini Collection

These past few months I've been working on putting together a mini collection. I've always wanted to work with knitwear so I got in contact with a local manufacturer (with a big thank you to The Textile and Fashion Hub in Richmond). I was super nervous as I've never designed knit from scratch before, but they were fantastic at guiding me and making sure I was getting what I wanted.

If you've been following me on social media you've probably seen some of these images. They are the samples I had made up before going into production. I wanted to wear each one myself before finalising anything to ensure their comfort and quality. Each one is made of Australian Merino Wool and beautifully made and finished. They are knitted to shape to create almost no wastage.

Garments and photography - Harry Millward. Model - Brandon Gawn

In designing this mini collection, my thought process ran through themes of symmetry, straight lines on flowing silhouettes, the fluidity of power, and ideas of royalty, spoken through texture, colour, and drape.

The soft purple, electric blue, and bright gold give a distinct identity while the charcoal grey throughout lends a more subtle touch which can blend into an outfit and yet give a strong statement.

Although the collection is still in production I wanted to open up the store - an exciting moment for me. 

Leave me a comment! And if you have any questions about ordering, please don't hesitate to contact me!

- Harry  💛💙💜