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    Tluxe Blog — merino wool

    MONOTONE STAPLES

    Build your essential wardrobe with this seasons monotone staples:

    Look 1: The perfect white T shirt, "Portofino" worn with drop crotch viscose pants, "Momofuko".

    Look 2: Our organic cotton poplin shirt, "Hendaye", worn with organic cotton jersey slouch pants, " Sandy Lane" and a Merino wool rib roll neck pull over.

    Look 3: The new Merino wool ponte kimono coat "Darleys", worn with Momofuko and Hendaye.

    Look 4: Our box cut crop organic cotton T shirt "Shortgrain" and Sandy Lane

    Love your Wool

    Australia produces the world’s finest wool and here at Tluxe we’re proud to be using Australian merino wool in our collections, which is prized across the globe for its truly remarkable attributes. We love it because it looks beautiful and feels amazingly soft against your skin, and as a 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre it stands the Tluxe test for sustainability.

    Wool is one of those forever investments that keeps you warm in winter, and thanks to its natural breathability, helps keep you cool in summer. And it’s a great travel companion as it resists creasing, drapes superbly, has natural anti-static and anti-odour properties and is also fantastic at shrugging off stains. And did we say it looks stunning too?

    Our own lightweight wool pieces here at Tluxe are super soft against your skin and perfect for layering in the autumn months. For the ultimate toast factor, try one of our merino wool jumpers layered under this season’s essential poncho. It’s one of the best ways to stay warm and look cool right now. 

    Help stop the fast fashion mountain

    We love this image of a 16ft, 7.5 ton mountain of discarded clothes, which represents just one day of textile waste in Hong Kong. It reminds us of our commitment to be more mindful of the way we make our own collections. Here at Tluxe it’s important that we use quality fabrics, local makers and modern yet classic designs that will last you more than just one season.

    At the moment we, as a society, are buying more clothes than ever and the numbers just keep rising every year. Why? Largely because of cheap, fast fashion which we mostly buy on impulse. These are the purchases, which end up in the second hand clothing bin in no time at all when they fall apart, get out of shape, or just don’t work with anything else in our wardrobes.

    We love author Elizabeth L. Cline’s suggestions on how to get a handle on your impulse buys, which you can read more about in her book, Over-dressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion. She suggests:

     

     -Be more strategic about your clothes shopping like setting a clothing budget for the year and working out what you really need.

     -Look at fabrication labels, and opt for natural fibres that not only wear better but feel good against your skin, like silk, Tencel and Modal – the type of fabrics we use here at Tluxe.

    -And why not learn to sew? Mending and altering your clothes is a great way to not only make them last, but create more of a meaningful relationship with what you wear, so you’re less likely to thoughtlessly throw them away.

     

    Buy quality: Tluxe 100% fine merino wool and silk Casbah poncho

    And if you’ve no time to sew, invest in quality designs that will last, such as our range of cosy 100% fine merino wool jumpers, cardigans and ponchos, which will keep you feeling warm and looking effortlessly chic as the nights draw in.

    Why we use... merino wool and silk


     
     
     
    Continuing our occasional guide to the environmentally conscious fabrics we use at Tluxe, this week we'd like to introduce you to Australian merino wool and silk.
    Both silk and wool are the most luxurious of natual fibres. In combining them in key items such as our Amour asymmetric cardigan and La Mamounia wool jumper, which features some rather lovely silk sleeves (both pictured above), we've not only doubled the luxury factor but also your comfort. 
     
    Wool is warm, super soft and breathable, making it great for transeasonal dressing. And the lustre of silk adds just that little bit of wow, along with sharing many of the practical qualities of wool such as breathability, durability and a super soft feel. And they both drape extremely well, meaning you'll not only feel great, you'll look fantastic. Oh, and being natural fibres means both silk and wool are sustainable and therefore a better choice for the future of the planet. What's not to love?

    Inspire me... autumn brights

    There’s nothing like a zing of colour to brighten up a dull autumn day and with the international round of catwalk shows coming to an end in Paris last week, it seems many of the world’s top designers agree bold brights such as tangerine are not just for summer. Next autumn/winter vibrant shades of orange will be big news.

    Always thinking ahead of the curve our design team here at Tluxe have included highlights of tangerine in our latest autumn/winter collection, now on sale. If you fancy being a little fashion-forward why not try out some zesty flame tones right now with our new silk California top, and fresh online today, our long sleeved jersey knit and super slinky long johns both in super-soft merino wool. 

    If you’re not into shout-out-loud colour as seen at Lanvin (pictured left, above), Calvin Klein (pictured right, above), and BCBG Max Azria (pictured centre) then we suggest turning down the volume just a little by teaming your new Tluxe top with a pair of slouchy charcoal trousers or a navy jacket. Go ahead, and brighten your day.