Materials and their origin

From our point of view, the selection of quality materials is the most important and at the same time the most difficult task we face. Choosing the right material is essential and it is a discipline that can bring you many troubles. Wherever possible, we do everything we can to make Appre collections from materials that have been made environmentally friendly and with respect for all the people who are involved in their production. We make sure that all suppliers get paid properly. And that the materials travel to our studio as short a distance as possible.

Well we wish it was that "easy". Unlike the production of individual garments, which we produce either in our Prague studio or in a small factory in the Czech Republic, we cannot completely monitor the production of textiles. Simply because no cotton is grown in the Czech Republic, for example. The production of yarns and textiles has slowly disappeared from European countries. Therefore we must, although it is not our wish, to look among foreign suppliers. And at that moment you start to lose track and you may turn to material suppliers, who often don't tell you the truth about the fiber origins and treatment of employees.

Fortunately, there are various eco-labels and certificates (such as GOTS, which we mention below), which are only awarded to those manufacturers who meet strict ethical and environmental criteria.

Natural or artificial fiber?

Textiles can basically be divided into two groups. Those made of natural fibers, and those made of man-made fibers - artificial. Natural materials include, for example, cotton, flax, hemp, wool and more. Natural materials come, as the name suggests, from nature. So, in a way, they are "more natural" and "healthier" for our skin. It could be said that they are the "better" choice. Yes, we agree in principle. However, great emphasis must be placed on where and under what conditions the natural resources were obtained. Growing conventional cotton is an ugly business that we do not want to support. That is why we try to look for natural materials, for example with a GOTS certificate, which are produced in organic quality.

Natural materials, and especially those made without usage of harmful chemicals, have their own characteristics. These are often pitfalls that "modern" society has somehow become accustomed to tolerating. For example, cotton canvas creases a lot. It also shrinks. It doesn't strech. There may be some knots and differences on the fabric surface, because the natural fiber is not always the same width as the artificial one. But that's just the way it is, and in the end their added value is unquestionable.

And there are the "third" materials. These are the ones on the border between natural and man-made. Some have been with us for quite some time and are widely used - such as viscose. Some are relatively new to the market, and new ones are still emerging. They use various latest technologies and their manufacturers are aware of the current completely unsustainable path of the fashion industry and are trying to find a solution. We at Appre are very much in favor of this approach and look forward to what the future will bring in this area. One such material we use is, for example, Tencel™, developed by the Austrian company Lenzing. We wrote more about Tencel™ below.

What is a GOTS certificate?

GOTS stands for "Global Organic Textile Standard".

It is a globally recognized certificate for natural fiber textiles, such as cotton. This certificate can only be granted to those textiles that contain at least 70% of organic fibers. Strict social and economic criteria must be met throughout the supply chain in the production of these materials. At Appre, we work with several suppliers who have been awarded this certificate.

Organic cotton

The supplier of cotton that we use in our collection is a proud holder of the GOTS certificate.

Material characteristics

- organic / BIO quality
- Unlike conventional cotton, BIO cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides
- pleasant to the body
- breathable
- shrinkage up to 5%
- material wrinkles
- the material is dyed with nature-friendly dyes and its shade may change slightly after multiple washing

Care

- wash by hand or on very delicate laundry program, maximum 30⁰C
- wash with similar colors
- wash only with high quality detergent
- do not use detergents with bleaching effects or fabric softener
- do not bleach
- do not tumble dry
- iron on mild temperatures
- iron on the reverse side
- do not clean chemically

Tencel™ and Refibra™

The innovative Lyocell - Tencel™ material is made of sustainably grown wood. Therefore it is a natural material in its base. Using a unique and closed loop system, all solvents and chemicals used to make this material are regenerated and reused. And again and again. This minimizes the impact on the environment.

The breakthrough REFIBRA™ technology contributes to the circular approach in the textile industry. This technology upcycles and reuses cotton waste from clothing production. The dissolved cotton fabric is added to the wood pulp, and the material is reused. In addition, the material looks beautiful, is breathable and very pleasant to the touch.

Material characteristics

- innovative material
- very comfortable feel
- drapes well
- breathable
- lints may occur

Care

- Tencel™ and Tencel - REFIBRA™ wash only by hand and in cold water
- wash with similar colors
- wash only with high quality detergent
- do not use detergents with bleaching effects or fabric softener
- do not bleach
- do not tumble dry
- do not iron
- do not clean chemically

More about Tencel™ and Tencel - REFIBRA™

Viscose

Viscose is made of artificial fibers, which are, however, of natural origin. They are obtained from cellulose, most often from beech or spruce wood. Its characteristics often resemble silk fabrics, and so it is sometimes called artificial silk.

Material characteristics

- brushed viscose is very pleasant to the touch
- it is a fine material that requires care
- drapes well
- slight sheen
- shrinkage up to 5%

Care

- wash by hand or on very delicate laundry program, maximum 30⁰C
- wash with similar colors
- wash only with high quality detergent
- do not use detergents with bleaching effects or fabric softener
- do not bleach
- do not tumble dry
- iron on mild temperatures
- iron on the reverse side
- iron through protection
- do not clean chemically

More tips on how to take care of your clothes

How to take care of your clothes

The golden rule is - the better you take care of your clothes, the longer they stay beautiful. We did our best to find the balance between sustainability, practicality and pleasure to wear. Now it is up to you.

Washing

Please pay attention to the instructions for washing, drying and ironing, as the instructions differ from material to material. Although most of our clothes can be washed in the washing machine, we highly recommend washing by hand. Wash the laundry by hand very gently, in cold water, in a mild detergent and without any fabric softener. If you decide to put the clothes in the washing machine, please wash it on very delicate laundry program, at a maximum of 30⁰C and at the lowest possible speed. We design clothes for the work and office enviroinment, so most likely you won´t do much jogging or gardening in our stuff. Therefore gentle washing approach is a sufficient choice.

Drying

After washing, allow clothes to dry freely in fresh air. Please do not put them in the dryer. Not only it is an extra environmental burden for the planet, but it could permanently damage fine materials. And also - instead of a dress that fits you perfectly, you can find a doll version of them in the dryer after the drying process.

Ironing

Especially garments from cotton cloths will require some ironing. Iron every piece on the reverse side only. This is not just true for our clothing, but it is an advice that applies in general. We recommend ironing finer materials, such as our brushed viscose, to the lowest possible temperature and over a cloth.