Practical advice :

How to care of your clothes

This booklet has been designed to help you keep your agnès b. clothes looking as good as new, while taking care of our planet. agnès b. creates timeless clothes that can be worn for a very long time. In doing so, she is going against the trend of "disposable" fashion, which pushes us to over-consume clothes. Beyond the style proposed by agnès, one of the secrets of the durability of a garment is good maintenance over the years!


The 11 golden rules for sustainable,

environmentally-friendly garment care


#1 · Always check the washing instructions on the label of your garment.

#2 · Only wash your clothes when necessary. Washing pollutes and consumes a lot of water and energy. Moreover, washing clothes made of synthetic materials, such as nylon, polyester, or elastane, releases plastic micro-particles into the wastewater, eventually ending in the oceans.

#3 · Wait until you have enough clothes to wash before starting your machine to avoid running it too often. However, avoid overloading the machine so as not to pack the clothes. Always leave a space, approximately the width of a hand, between the top of the drum and the clothes.

#4 · Wash at 30°C(86°F) whenever possible: For most of our textiles, a low-temperature wash of 30°C(86°F) is sufficient. By washing at 30°C(86°F) instead of 60°C(140°F), you can save over 60% of energy per wash. It also reduces limescale deposits and increases the life of your washing machine.

#5 · Use detergents with an environmental label: You can also make your own detergent with natural products.

#6 · Choose detergents without bleach or brighteners for all colored items.

#7 · Avoid strongly scented detergents and softeners, as they may contain polluting detergents. When in contact with the skin, they can also cause allergies.

#8 · Use a low spin speed to prevent the garment from shrinking or pilling in the washing machine.

#9 · Go for natural drying. Avoid using the tumble dryer, which is relatively energy-intensive and distorts the fibers of the clothes.

#10 · Only use professional cleaning if it is recommended on your garment label.

Applying all these principles will ensure that your clothes last longer.

This is what we are looking for at agnès b. : designing clothes that last as long as possible!

Our care tips for each fabric

For all materials, we recommend that you refer to the care instructions on the garment label.

COTTON

Wash at 30°C if possible (the temperatures indicated on the label are maximum washing temperatures). Wash the garment inside out.

CREPON

To keep the best crepe aspect of your garment, let it dry on a hanger and spray the surface of the fabric, without direct contact with the iron shoe. Ironing will cancel out the crepe effect.


LEATHER

To preserve your leather collar, avoid contact with various cosmetics (gel, cream, perfume, lacquer, etc.)

To removea stain from your leather, quickly apply Terre de Sommières to absorb grease stains (except indelible ink stains) but take advice from a professional. Never use aggressive products intended for shoes and furniture.

JEAN

Denim colours can rub off on lighter materials. We therefore advise you to wash your jeans separately. Wash your jeans inside out and limit the number of washes as much as possible. Iron at 150°C except when the jeans contain elastane. In this case, it should not exceed 110°C to prevent the elastane from melting. Tumble drying is not recommended.

FLEECE, JERSEY

Wash and iron on the reverse side. Pull on the garment after spinning to restore its shape. Ideally, it should be dried on a hanger.


WOOL, ALPACA, MERINO, CASHMERE, KNITWEAR

Wash your garment after wearing it 2 or 3 times, the excess material will disappear and it will become softer. Wash it with a small amount of pH-neutral detergent, without fabric softener, at 30°C, by hand or in the machine (wool programme), with a spin cycle of 400 rpm. Shape the garment before drying it flat, away from direct light. Iron it with a soft iron. Avoid soaking and wringing. Always refer to the washing instructions on the garment label. If well cared for, your garment will become increasingly beautiful and soft.

LINEN

A linen garment may have some irregularities that give it its authenticity and uniqueness. We recommend that you wash it according to the instructions on the washing label.


POLYESTER

Washing clothes made of synthetic materials, such as polyester, releases plastic microparticles into the wastewater, which pollute the oceans. To limit this release of microparticles, start your machine with a full drum and avoid washing the clothes concerned above 30°C. Spin at a low speed and air dry.

POPELINE

Iron the poplin inside out to preserve its outer surface.

SILK

Wash your garment at a low temperature (maximum 30°C) with a mild detergent and a fabric softener, then put the garment on hang without spinning. Iron the wet garment.

CHEESE CLOTH

Dry gently, avoiding machine drying.

VELVET

Wash and iron the garment inside out.

VISCOSE

Wash inside out and use a gentle spin programme.


agnès b.'s secrets


THE SNAP CARDIGANS

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By cutting up a sweatshirt to make a cardigan, agnès b. created the snap cardigan in 1979. Since then, it has travelled across the world !

Care instructions :

• We advise you to wash and iron all your fleece and jersey garments inside out.

• Pull on the garment after spinning to restore its shape.

• It is best to dry it on a hanger.

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SCREEN PRINTED CLOTHING

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Whether it is with the "artists' t-shirts" line, created in 1994, or the message t-shirts for women, men and children, agnès b. often uses screen printing.

Care instructions :

• Do not wash your T-shirts and screen-printed clothes at more than 30°C.

• Stretch them quickly after spinning.

• Iron them on the reverse side.

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STRIPED SHIRTS

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From the marinière she created in the fabric of a rugby polo shirt, which has remained in her collections ever since, to the ever-changing prints that appear on her clothes, agnès b. sees life in colours.

Care instructions :

• To ensure that the colours are preserved, do not soak your striped sailors or printed shirts after spinning.

• As with screen prints, lay them out at the end of the machine and iron them on the reverse side.