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How to care for accessories

What is the best way to store a hat? How should I clean my sunglasses to avoid scratching the lenses? All your accessories care questions, answered. Read our tips to keep your accessories collection looking its best for longer.

HATSMake it last

Try not to handle your hat by the crown as this will weaken its ability to hold its shape. The natural oils on our skin can also soil the fabric, so always try to handle a hat with clean hands.

STORAGE

The ideal storage for a hat is a hat box that supports both the brim and the crown, and keeps the dust at bay. We know this isn’t always possible though, so try these alternatives:

If you hang your hats on a rack, hook or peg, make sure it is wide and supportive enough so it doesn’t create a dimple on its surface.

When putting your hat down on a hard surface, lay it upside down on its crown – it may sound counter-intuitive, but actually, leaving it on its brim can cause it to flatten and change shape.

Always store it in a cool, dry place as heat and moisture can damage it. Stuffing the brim gently with tissue paper can help it retain its shape.

CLEANING

Use a lint roller to remove dust and fibres, always brushing with the nap of the fabric or pile (following its natural direction).

For loose dirt, use a soft shoeshine brush in small counter-clockwise movements to gently remove it. Be careful not to use a brush with dark bristles on a light-coloured style (or vice versa) as the colour could rub off.

For harsher dirt, use a slightly damp cloth and gently wipe it off in one direction.

DRYING

Allow wet hats to dry naturally – never expose them to direct heat when wet as this could distort their shape and damage their surface.

sunglassesMake them last

To avoid scratching the lenses, always put your sunglasses down with the lenses facing upwards.

CLEANING

Use a microfiber cloth with soap and water to clean your sunglasses, as thicker fibres or fabrics can cause scratches. Avoid using any solvents or alcohol as they can damage any coating on the lenses.

STORAGE

Whether you’re carrying them with you on-the-go or putting them away until next year, we always recommend keeping sunglasses in the case provided to avoid damage.

Top tip – If you can’t find a spare case, keeping your sunglasses in a clean sock can help you prevent scratches.

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