Take Care

Following these guidelines and the information printed on the product care label will help you to maintain the natural beauty of your Karl Donoghue piece for many years to come.

Wax Cotton

The shearling, leather and fur used in our garments are all natural skins making each product unique. Variations in texture and shade are intrinsic qualities of such materials and should not be regarded as defects.

Traditional wax garments should not be washed or dry-cleaned.

Allow any mud to dry before gently brushing off with a soft, lint free, fabric pad. Sponge with cold water if needed. Always allow your garment to dry thoroughly after use in a cool, airy environment. Ideally dry on a hanger to retain the shape. Never pack away your garment while damp or wet.

Re-proofing will maintain the weatherproof qualities and extend the garment's life. Use only a good quality re-proofing wax dressing which can be purchased online from a number of retailers.

  • Place tin of dressing in warm water to soften.
  • Apply with clean cotton cloth, paying particular attention to seams, elbows, pocket edges, cuffs and creases following any directions on the tin.
  • How often a garment needs re-proofing will depend on the frequency a garment is worn. With regular wear we recommend re-proofing once a year.

Never use soap, detergents or solvents.

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Leather

The shearling, leather and fur used in our pieces are all natural skins making each product unique.  Variations in texture and shade are intrinsic qualities of such materials and should not be regarded as defects.

There are many different leathers including lamb, calf, goat and cow hide with finishes including nappa, suede, nubuck and aniline. 

  • Avoid wearing in heavy rain as this can affect the texture of leather.If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad shouldered coat hanger if a garment) out of direct sunlight. 
  • Suede pile can be revived by gently rubbing with a soft suede brush or dry sponge.
  • Leather garments and accessories can be protected using a leather/suede spray.  We suggest testing a small area first following any instructions on the can. We cannot accept responsibility for any results to the article.
  • If your leather piece requires cleaning always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove buttons before cleaning.
  • Sunlight can cause leather to fade or change colour therefore it is advisable when storing your piece to keep it in the original dust bag. Never store your piece when damp or wet. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic bag.

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Shearling

The shearling, leather and fur used in our pieces are all natural skins making each product unique.  Variations in texture, shade and markings are intrinsic qualities of such materials and should not be regarded as defects.

 Lambskin/shearling is a skin tanned with the wool still on. There are many different breeds all offering various qualities of leather and wool characteristics. 

  • Avoid wearing in heavy rain as this can affect the surface of the leather and texture of straightened wool.
  • If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad shouldered coat hanger if a garment) out of direct sunlight.
  • Suede pile can be revived by gently rubbing with a soft suede brush or dry sponge.
  • Where wool has been straightened it can be combed with a fine metal tooth comb or brush to revive the pile.
  • When new wool fibres can transfer to clothing as a result of the hand cutting methods used in the production process.
  • If your lambskin piece requires cleaning, always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove buttons before cleaning. Cleaning may affect applied finishes to the lambskin.
  • Lambskin pieces can be protected using a leather spray.  Test a small area first following any instructions on the can. We cannot accept responsibility for any results to the article.
  • Sunlight can cause lambskin to fade or change colour therefore it is advisable when storing your piece to keep it in the original dust bag. Never store your piece when damp or wet. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic bag.

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Fur

The shearling, leather and fur used in our pieces are all natural skins making each product unique.  Variations in texture and shade are intrinsic qualities of such materials and should not be regarded as defects.

There are many different types of fur including raccoon, fox, rabbit, mink, and squirrel, all offering various qualities. These furs can be knitted, stripped, panelled, grooved and sheared. All fur used in our products is farmed.

  • If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad shouldered coat hanger if a garment) out of direct sunlight. Using heat will cause both fur and leather to dry out. After it is dry, shake again to fluff the fur.
  • Knitted fur like hand knitwear can be susceptible to snagging. Take extra care when wearing. Fur fibres can transfer to clothing as a result of the hand cutting methods used in the production.
  • When your fur piece requires cleaning always use a specialist fur cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove buttons before cleaning.
  • Excess sunlight can cause fur to fade or change colour therefore it is advisable when storing your piece to keep it in the original dust bag. Never store your piece when damp or wet. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic bag.

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Hair

The shearling, leather and fur used in our pieces are all natural skins making each product unique. Variations in texture and shade are intrinsic qualities of such materials and should not be regarded as defects.

There are different hair on skins including calf, goat, cow and pony.

  • Avoid wearing in heavy rain as this can affect the texture of the leather. If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad shouldered coat hanger if a garment) out of direct sunlight.
  • Excess rubbing can cause the hair to bald or shed overtime. To prolong the life of a garment avoid using shoulder straps.
  • If your leather piece requires cleaning always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove buttons before cleaning.
  • Sunlight can cause leather to fade or change colour therefore it is advisable when storing your piece to keep it in the original dust bag.

Never store your piece when damp or wet. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic bag.

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