Yes, You Need to Hand Wash Your Cashmere (Don’t Dry Clean!)

contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning cashmere can actually be bad for the life of your sweater. the toxic chemicals used in dry cleaning can break down the fibers, and deodorant may cause discoloration. turns out, you should really be hand washing cashmere (it’ll be much softer too), so we asked Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd from The Laundress for their advice. here, they break it down for us…



De-pill delicate knits using the The Laundress New York® for J.Crew sweater comb by stroking firmly in one direction.


Use The Laundress New York for J.Crew collars & cuffs stain bar to tackle any stains or areas that trap odor.



Fill a washbasin or sink with cool water and add two capfuls of The Laundress New York for J.Crew cashmere wash. Submerge the sweater and make sure it is evenly soaped all over.


Soak for 30 minutes (don’t worry if the water becomes colored; this is normal and won’t mean any loss of color post-wash).


Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Press the water out gently without wringing.



Lay your sweater flat on a towel in its natural shape. Roll up the sweater in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove excess water. Lay the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or a clean towel.


Remove lint, fuzz and hair with the cashmere brush. Spray all over with The Laundress New York for J.Crew cashmere spray to add a fresh scent and repel moths.


Fold to prevent stretching and place in a bag with a zip closure. Be sure to stay away from storage bags that are made of polyester or plastic—you want to store your cashmere in bags that are made of breathable cotton or linen.



Photography by Eric Helgas.

To shop our entire assortment of cashmere, including featherweight cashmere, click here. To shop all The Laundress New York for J.Crew products, click here.


The Greatest Itching Powder Prank in History

During World War II British intelligence and Secret Services were probably the best at spying and clandestine warfare in all of history.  Almost every major Allied operation had a good amount of deception and trickery which made the Germans chase their own tails on a number of occasions.  Often, their operations depended on advanced technology, a complicated network of spies and double agents, and a great amount of luck.  However, some British spy operations seemed less like James Bond missions and more like childhood mischief.

During the war, the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) began a program to smuggle itching powder into the Third Reich.  The itching powder developed by SOE was no common joke shop itching powder, but a powder so potent that exposure could be excruciating, with some needing hospitalization if exposed.  The itching powder was smuggled into Germany from Switzerland in foot powder tins, where resistance groups working as laundresses and clothiers sprinkled the powder on military uniforms.  The hardest hit was the German Kriegsmarine (navy), when in October of 1943 25,000 U-Boat crew uniforms were contaminated with the itching powder.  What resulted was a massive epidemic of severe dermatitis that swept through the U-Boat fleet.  The epidemic was so bad that one U-Boat crew had to turn around and return to port for medical treatment. 

German uniforms were not the only target for itching powder attacks.  Other targets included bedding, underwear, and toilet paper.  When a sizable amount of itching powder was smuggled into Norway, the Norwegian resistance made especially effective use of it by sprinkling the powder in condoms.  As a result in Trondheim throughout the war numerous cases of German soldiers being hospitalized for extreme pain from their private parts were reported.

Как избавиться от пятен с помощью средств The Laundress

Шоколад, вино, сок… Почему-то самые вкусные вещи оставляют на скатертях и одежде самые стойкие пятна. Основательницы The Laundress Гвен и Линдси рассказали, как их отстирать, не потратив на это весь день.


Если вы любите готовить, без пятен не обойтись: что-то обязательно будет падать, брызгать и проливаться. Это не значит, что их нельзя контролировать — достаточно лишь знать несколько простых вещей.


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Name: Misty Guess

Nicknames: Guess

Gender: Mare

Size: Tall and willowy 

Age: 21

About: Guess is generally shy and keeps to herself, but once you gain her friendship she can be a bit of a chatterbox. Not wanting to be alone, Guess followed Dimitri when he left home to work at Good Fortune. She quickly found a job working at maid and laundress at the hotel. She lives in a small ground level room near the gardens. Guess likes to read and help out in the kitchens when she gets the chance.

Her mother died when Guess was young. Her uncle, Dimitri’s father, took Guess in and raised her.

Cutiemark: n/a    The lack of a cutiemark doesn’t bother her.

September 18 :: asked my Mom what she wanted me to bring to her when I stop by Taipei in a few days, she was very specific with her request -The Laundress laundry detergent.

本日は「THE LAUNDRESS」のクリースリリースをご紹介します。
PORTER STANDではテスターもご用意しておりますので、是非一度店頭でお試しくださ

Good Morning.
Today we would like to introduce the Crease Release from “THE LAUNDRESS”.
This item could remove moderate wrinkles on your clothing just by
spraying it on the spot and gently tapping it.
It contains 60ml, so it is in a size that you could include in your
carry-on luggage to bring to trips and business trips.
We have testers at PORTER STAND, so please try it out in store.

 (1865-1938) was a French painter. She was the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo. She was the illegitimate daughter of a laundress. In the early 1880s she became an artist’s model, posing for such artists as Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. By observing the artists for whom she modeled, she began to learn technique and to draw and produce pastels. About 1890 she met Edgar Degas, who admired and purchased her work.