Extended care label
Thank you for your order at Unsalted. We hope you enjoy your purchase and love the garment for a lifetime.
With this extended care label, we would like to give you more information about our suppliers, the materials and the best way to care for your product.
Transparency within the supply chain is a crucial tenet of ethical fashion. On the care label, you find the country of origin of the last stage in the supply chain: the country a product is cut and sewed. At Unsalted, we want to share the country of origin of each component of the supply chain, from fibre to garment.
The wool for your jacket comes from Congi, a farm in the New South Wales region of Australia. Australia dominates the world’s wool market and is a leading producer of high-quality wool, mainly from Merino sheep. Congi is a family-owned farm with over a century of experience and holds around 30,000 Merino sheep on 10,000 hectares of property.
Congi farm does not mulesing, meaning the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin around the tail to prevent the sheep from flystrike. Congi Farm uses non-toxic spray to safeguard the sheep.
Yarn & Fabric
The raw material from Congi is being washed and prepared for spinning by the combing plant in Romagnano Sesia (Italy), a partner of Botto Giuseppe. After the wool is spun into yarn, it is woven into fabric by the Italian mill Botto Giuseppe e Figli Spa in one of their production locations in Valdilana and Tarcento, both in the North of Italy.
Botto Giuseppe has been producing fine yarns and fabrics since 1876. Today, the fourth generation of the family runs an international business in Biella, Italy. At Unsalted, we chose to work with Slowool, a range of sustainable yarns created in response to the need to protect the environment and its values.
Trimmings include the application of (inter)linings, padding and fastenings. They influence the functional performance, quality and lifespan of a garment.
Your jacket contains several trimmings. The interlining and shoulder padding are sourced via our supplier Pedro Portuguesa. The buttons are 100% real horns from Portuguese supplier Lourapel.
Our main-, size- and care labels are made in 100% organic cotton and produced by the Portuguese supplier Essential Approach. The hangtags are made and attached in the Netherlands.
Your jacket is cut and sewn by Pedro Portuguesa. This factory is established in 1971 and is located 15 km from Porto, Portugal. Pedro Portuguesa has a dedicated head office team of 7 people and 120 workers on the production line.
Pedro Portuguesa is a member of Sedex, an ethical trade organisation, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains.
Driven by the desire for high-quality classics made from pure compositions, material choice is one of our core values. Because of its vital influence on the quality and longevity of a garment, we want to tell you all about our materials, from fibre to finishing.
Fibres strongly influence the performance of garments. We chose Australian Merino wool because it is known as the world’s finest and softest wool.
The diameter of the fibre, expressed in micrometres or microns, defines the fineness of the wool. The diameter of wool fibres varies between 10 and 50 microns. The lower the micron, the finer and softer the wool. The fibres in your wool jacket have a micron of 17.5 (warp) and 18.5 (weft), meaning they belong to the category ‘superfine’.
You can read more advantages of wool in general here.
Your jacket is made in a twill weave, characterised by parallel diagonal ribs. You might recognise this weave from denim. We chose a twill weave because of its good drapability and resilience.
The type of twill weave is a Gabardine, a densely woven fabric with a firm texture. A Gaberdine weave consists of so-called worsted yarn: short fibres are combed out in the spinning process, creating a fine and smooth yarn with long fibres.
Dyes & Finishings
Dyeing and finishing include all mechanical and chemical processes that intend to upgrade the appearance or end-use properties of the raw material.
The fabric of your jacket is piece dyed, meaning it is dyed after weaving. Botto Giuseppe uses a premetallized dye, resulting in a good performance on colour fastness.
The face of the Gabardine weave is made smooth and clear by shearing, a mechanical finishing to clean and smoothen the surface fabric by cutting the projecting surface hairs to reveal a more clearly defined weave pattern.
The consumer phase influences a garment's environmental impact and lifespan, and we want to guide you in this process.
Care instructions, illustrated by the care symbols, indicate a recommended procedure to avoid the risk of damage to the textile product. The instructions provide you with the most severe approach, but we believe there are much more tips and tricks to share.
We are used to washing our clothes ourselves in a washing machine. This is the easiest and most convenient way to refresh a garment in many cases. Wool is one of the exceptions to this process.
The main reason your wool jacket cannot be machine washed is because of the use of water. When the fabric comes into contact with water, the fibres absorb it, making them swell up and widens. When the fibres become wider, it shortens. This process causes shrinkage, and the garment will lose its shape. Therefore, we neither recommend handwashing, because the wool fibres will come into contact with water.
Fortunately, wool fibres are very suitable for washing less often. Due to its high degree of breathability, wool keeps your skin dry. It absorbs and releases sweat before bacteria develop and produce unpleasant body odour. To refresh your wool garment, hang it in the fresh air. Foggy weather is favourable.
Colour fastness is crucial for a product’s lifespan. The symbol indicates whether a bleaching agent may use for brightening and stain removal. Some white garments handle a bleaching agent.
Your jacket comes in black and is therefore not suitable for bleaching.
Your wool jacket is not suitable for washing with water, and neither needs to be dried.
In the unlikely event that your garment becomes wet, make sure you dry it flat. Dry your clothes outside, but avoid direct sunlight for discolouration. We do not recommend using a tumble dryer because your garments deteriorate much faster.
Wool fibres are flexible and elastic, causing the garment will return to its natural shape after wearing. Therefore, the garment is less likely to wrinkle and causes them to retain their shape for a long time.
Besides, your wool jacket is suitable for ironing. The dots on the care symbol indicate the temperature ranges for ironing. You can iron your garment at a moderate temperature: a maximum sole plate of 150 °C. We recommend ironing under a moderately moist intermediate cloth. You can use the steam iron, but avoid heavy pressure.
Don’t feel like ironing? You can also hang your jacket in the bathroom while taking a shower, which gives a similar result as steaming.
As mentioned, it is not possible to machine wash your wool jacket. Bring your garment to professional dry cleaning to freshen up your product or remove stains.
The care symbol indicates a regular cleaning process with no restrictions. The ‘P’ refers to the chemical perchloroethylene, a petroleum product that can remove stains without water. Although this solvent is an effective way of dry cleaning and is very suitable for wool products, it harms the environment. You can ask the professional dry cleaner if they have alternatives such as biodegradable solvents (HiGlo).
Spare buttons & alterations
We do not like overproduction, also for our buttons. Please let us know if you require a spare button for your unseasoned garment.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the care instructions or any alterations to your garment. We are in close contact with professional dry cleaners and expert tailors, and we are pleased to share this specific knowledge with you so that you can enjoy your unseasoned garment for a lifetime.