Product Knowledge

Leather

We use the highest quality lamb leather in our collections. This beautifully soft material is a natural by-product of the meat and dairy industry.

Characteristics

Leather is a natural material with natural imperfections and variations in texture and shade. These should be expected and seen as intrinsic qualities of this beautiful material and not as faults.

Feel

We often present our leather designs, unlined creating a super lightweight feel. As the weather cools try layering a shearling piece under or over your leather for added warm and style.

For styling ideas why not follow us on Instagram: @karldonoghue and on Youtube: Karl Donoghue

Caring for your Karl Donoghue piece

  • Our collections are designed and crafted in London using the highest quality materials and trims to create a luxurious product that should last a lifetime if cared for well. We call this “Luxury for Life”.
  • Avoid wearing your leather in heavy rain, this may 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) out of direct sunlight.
  • Suede pile can be revived by gently rubbing with a soft suede brush or dry sponge.
  • Leather products can be protected using a leather/suede spray. Test 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 any horn buttons/poppers/buckles 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.

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, a far more sustainable approach to fashion.

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Calfskin

Calfskin describes the leather which comes from a calf. Hair on calf describes a skin where the hair remains attached to the leather after the tanning process.

Characteristics

Calfskin and hair on calf is a natural material therefore natural imperfections and variations in texture and shade should be expected and seen as intrinsic qualities of this beautiful material and not as a fault.

Calfskin/hair on calf is a versatile and wonderful material. The leather and hair can be dyed, printed and embossed to create endless combinations. For more information visit our skin guide.

For styling ideas why not follow us on Instagram: @karldonoghue and on Youtube: Karl Donoghue

Caring for your Karl Donoghue piece

  • Our collections are designed and crafted in London using the highest quality materials and trims to create a luxurious product that should last a lifetime if cared for well. We call this “Luxury for Life”.
  • Avoid wearing your calfskin/hair on calf in heavy rain, this may affect the texture of the leather. The hair is more naturally resilient to water than the nappa. If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad-shouldered coat hanger) out of direct sunlight.
  • If the calfskin has a suede finish the pile can be revived by gently rubbing with a soft suede brush or dry sponge.
  • When new, hair fibres can transfer to clothing because of the hand cutting methods used in the production process.
  • Excess rubbing can cause the hair to bald or shed overtime. To prolong the life of your product avoid using should straps.
  • If your calfskin piece requires cleaning, always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove any horn buttons/poppers/buckles before cleaning. Cleaning can affect applied finishes to the leather. Discuss this with your specialist cleaner first.
  • Calfskin can be protected on the leather side using a leather spray. Test a small area first following any instructions on the can. Do not spray the hair side. We cannot accept responsibility for any results to the article.
  • Sunlight can cause calfskin to fade or change colour therefore it is advisable when storing your piece to keep it in the original dust bag. Never store your product when damp or wet. Store in a low humidity location, never in a closed plastic bag.

Following these guidelines and the information on the product care label will help you to maintain the natural beauty of your Karl Donoghue piece for many years to come, a far more sustainable approach to fashion.

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KD2 Concept ▪ Shearling│Leather│Nylon

Our KD2 concept range, crafted in London combines luxurious shearling and leather with showerproof nylon allowing the wearer flexibility with the changing weather patterns.

Styles with detachable liners
The lightweight showerproof nylon can simply be worn by itself during milder weather. As the seasons change and the weather becomes cooler, add the detachable shearling liner to the nylon outer. The liner can be fastened inside during wet weather protecting your shearling from the rain while keeping you warm. You can choose to wear your liner over the nylon outer if you want to create a statement look. The liner can even be worn by itself as a gilet!

Styles with fixed lining
Many of the nylon & shearing accessories can be reversed. For a cosy showerproof look keep the nylon on the outside with the shearling against the body. For more of a statement, reverse and show the shearling on the outside.

Caring for your Karl Donoghue piece

  • Our collections are designed and crafted in London using the highest quality materials and trims to create a luxurious product that should last a lifetime if cared for well. We call this “Luxury for Life”.
  • We recommend specialist dry cleaning for the nylon pieces because they are trimmed with shearling or leather so you should not wash them at home.
  • Small marks on the nylon can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • If you are caught in the rain wearing your nylon product, simply shake off the excess water before allowing to dry naturally (on a coat hanger) away from direct sunlight.
  • Our liners are produced using the highest quality shearling. You can download our ‘shearling’ product knowledge information for more details on to look after your shearling pieces.
  • For all products, always refer to the care labels stitch to the item before cleaning.
  • Never store your product while wet. When fully dry, your item should be stored in the fabric dust bag provided, not in a plastic bag. This helps protect from UV damage, attack from moths and humidity.

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, a far more sustainable approach to fashion.

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Shearling

Shearling is the term adopted by the fashion industry to describe lambskin where the wool remains attached to the leather after the tanning process.

Sustainability

The shearling skins used in our collection are mainly processed using CO², a more sustainable tanning method than the traditional method of using water. By using this method we avoid an excessive amount of water wastage.

For more information on our sustainable approach visit our sustainability page.

Characteristics

Shearling is a natural material therefore natural imperfections and variations in texture and shade of the wool should be expected and seen as intrinsic qualities of this beautiful material and not a fault.

Shearling is a versatile and wonderful material. The leather and wool can be dyed, printed and embossed to create endless combinations.

For more information visit our skin guide.

For styling ideas why not follow us on Instagram: @karldonoghue and on Youtube: Karl Donoghue

Caring for your Karl Donoghue piece

  • Our collections are designed and crafted in London using the highest quality materials and trims to create a luxurious product that should last a lifetime if cared for well. We call this “Luxury for Life”.
  • Avoid wearing your shearling in heavy rain, this may affect the texture of the leather and straightened wool. If caught in the rain, shake off excess water and allow drying to occur naturally (on a broad-shouldered coat hanger) 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 because of the hand cutting methods used in the production process.
  • If your shearling piece requires cleaning, always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the care label. It is advisable to remove any horn buttons/poppers/buckles before cleaning. Cleaning can affect applied finishes to the shearling. Discuss this with your specialist cleaner first.
  • Shearing can be protected on the leather side 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 shearling 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.

Following these guidelines and the information on the product care label will help you to maintain the natural beauty of your Karl Donoghue piece for many years to come, a far more sustainable approach to fashion.

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Saga Furs

Karl Donoghue has collaborated with Saga Furs to create a unique range of products combing the luxurious textures of shearling and delicate fur. The partnership between world class artisans and timeless designs forms an evolving vision of the most beautiful hand crafted pieces.

Ethics

Globally recognised as the world’s leading supplier of quality fur, Saga Furs produce the finest pelts. Each fur produced is subject to strict guidelines and promotes full traceability and farm certification as well as using global corporate social responsibility initiatives and encouraging sustainable practices within the industry.

Transparency

Each design we create containing Saga Fur is branded and labelled for your reassurance. You can also visit choose.sagafurs.com for more information on sustainability, traceability and animal welfare practices.

  • Our collections are designed and crafted in London using the highest quality materials and trims to create a luxurious product that should last a lifetime if cared for well. We call this “Luxury for Life”.
  • Due to the natural characteristics of the skin, variations in texture and shading is an intrinsic value. As a result, each product may vary in appearance.
  • Avoid wearing in heavy rain as this can affect the leather surface 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) out of direct sunlight. Do not force dry using heat as this will cause both the fur and leather to dry out. When fully dry, shake again to revive the wool and fur pile.
  • Ironed wool on shearling may become wavy over time when exposed to humidity. Under similar conditions fur should maintain its original look.
  • Where the shearling wool has been straightened it can be combed with a fine metal tooth comb or brush to revive the pile.
  • If the shearling has suede finish, the pile can be revived by gently rubbing with a soft suede brush or dry sponge. Do not rub skins with a finish applied.
  • New products may transfer wool and fur fibres to clothing because of the hand cutting methods used in the production.
  • If your shearling and fur piece requires cleaning, always use a specialist cleaner following the instructions on the product care label. It is advisable to remove horn trims before cleaning. Cleaning may affect applied finishes to the shearling.
  • Shearling pieces can be protected on the leather side using a leather spray. Test a small area first following any instructions on the can. Do not spray the wool or fur of your product. We cannot accept responsibility for any results to the article.
  • Excess sunlight or UV light can cause shearling and 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.

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, a far more sustainable approach to fashion.

Download as a PDF
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