A few tips on general garment care which will help reduce environmental impact while saving you money and time….We will update this from time to time and are always interested in hearing what you might have to say. So, if there is something that you do, that you think others might like to know about, please do let us know xx
80% of the energy used by washing machines, goes on heating the water, so fill the machine. When you want to wash your precious pieces, your delicates or your whites separately, use the shortest cold cycle on the machine. Most modern machines have a 30°, 30 minute cycle., which is perfect for most things. Invest in a good detergent, this is what will remove stains more effectively than a longer wash at a higher temperature. When it comes to detergents, please check for optical whiteners. These are only suitable for your whites and can cause discolouration and spotting on other colours.
If you only have a few things to freshen up, do a little hand wash. We recommended that this is the only way you wash our knits & delicate items like lace & sheer voiles etc. Use a mild soap, warm water and some fabric conditioner. There are several benefits to this including prolonging the life of your garments, less costs in heating water and mild soaps are kinder to the environment. Just be sure to reshape the garment before letting it line or air dry. Where possible stretching does not prohibit, hang garments on a hanger to dry, which minimises creasing.
Steam can be a great way to clean clothes and also to freshen them up between washes. The heat kills bacteria which helps eliminate odours . There are a few different ways to do this. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a damp washcloth and pop your delicates in the dryer on a short cycle. You can also hang your garments in the bathroom when you are having a shower. Or you can use a garment steamer which is also much faster than ironing (works perfectly for all except the heaviest of garments) once you get used to it. You can also use a sheet of fabric softener in the dryer for a few minutes to freshen garments in between washes.
In times past, people used to brush their clothes. It’s an easy way to remove surface dirt and dust. Invest in a soft clothes brush and brush gently. ( We don’t recommend doing this on your knitwear or delicate items!)
Green Dry Cleaners
We recommend dry cleaning some of our pieces which could just be difficult to keeping looking their best by washing, pieces like coats & jackets. These only need cleaning occasionally.
Chemicals in dry cleaning can be really harsh on the environment, on your delicate pieces and are not kind to your skin. Look for “green” dry cleaners who use pressurised CO2 in stead of PERC *
*PERC =Tetrachloroethylene, also known under the systematic name tetrachloroethene, orperchloroethyleneis a chlorocarbon with the formula Cl2C=CCl2. It is a colorless liquid widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics, hence it is sometimes called “dry-cleaning fluid”.
Caring for your cashmere
Always hand wash your cashmere in a gentle soap detergent. Squeeze out the water gently, never rub or wring. Reshape on a large (preferably white) bath towel & roll. Your cashmere can be left to dry like this, in a place that allows the air to circulate.
When completely dry, you can pop into the tumble drier for no more than 2/3 minutes on a COLD cycle. Never ever dry completely in a drier as your cashmere will shrink.
As this is a completely nature wool fibre, pilling may occur especially in areas of friction. This is not a flaw & can be removed with a battery operated pill remover which can be purchased in our accessories department here on the site or in a haberdashery store.
To protect your cashmere out of season, fold in a fabric garment bag with some dried lavender or cedar balls. This will help to protect it from moths.
Always store your cashmere folded rather than hanging & be careful of jewellery. If it is in any way rough, or has prongs typically used for holding stones, do not wear it with your cashmere. Be extra careful around velcro!
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This is the best jersey in the world. It washes like a dream, but I always wash it separately to keep it sparkly white. This feels like it was designed especially for me. Every detail has been carefully thought out and the edges are all finished in a lovely stretchy satiny binding that is quite unusual. It fits like a glove and I love the see through panel, it feels a little bit sexy while being modest.
I have been a fan for over 10 years and cannot get enough of the pinnies and dungarees. The fact that I can mix and match pieces I have for years with current collections is something that draws me in every season. I love to funk up the staple pieces to get an edgy look and I can create a softer romantic look with my tulles and belts. I can adjust almost all of my pieces to fit into Summer & Winter months as well.
I find the pieces fabulous as I can mix and match to create different looks with just a few pieces. Even if I am wearing trousers I still feel feminine and I can wear flat shoes with all Mg pieces, which is a must for me. I love the fabrics which don’t crease and are just the best for travelling. This is why I have been buying Mg for as long as I can remember.
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"I've being shopping with Mary Grant for over 13 years and it's the one label I constantly return to.
I love the designs, the quality of the fabrics, the personal touch you get from the girls in her shops.
Loving her new website, it so easy to use.
Most of all I love the look and how beautiful the clothes feel . Thank you Mary Grant ...... Totally timeless”
"I just love Mary Grant for the individuality & cut of the pieces, the colours & the ability to layer them. I like to style the pieces to suit me. I still remember my first pinny in a sack fabric, so many years ago and I felt so good in it. Everyone knows me as Mary Grant's biggest fan and people always ask me is that Mary Grant you're wearing? I always always say yes because I want everyone to have a little piece of Mary Grant”
"I always feel fabulous wearing pieces from the Mary Grant collection! I love the way the clothes can be dressed up or down and everything is timeless - it never, ever looks dated. She gets it so right, with collections to take you anywhere. "
I bought the Ada pinny. The fabric feels amazing and the cut is just so flattering, I love it. I love shopping in the Newbridge store. The girls are so helpful, honest and fun to deal with. I have also bought online & Fiona in the Dublin store is great at following up to make sure that I am happy with my order and the size is right for me.
I find the fit on all MG pieces are very true to size. I am able to order them over the phone. These pieces have to be worn to be truly appreciated for their cut and look. I first discovered MG online about a year ago. I used to have to work hard to find my look but then I discovered this brand. I love how wearing the clothes make me feel different and confident. I like the fact that MG is a bit edgy, she doesn’t always play it safe, which I love! I also love how the pieces can be worn both casually & dressed up.
I bought a blush voile cotton & silk mix shirt. It is a very floaty romantic style, but with a modern twist. It is timeless. The fabrics are always amazing and feel beautiful next to my skin.
I frequently buy things without even trying them on & never have to bring anything back. I love the shapes which are always very flattering. I love how they transition seasons just by changing footwear and accessories.
I love the asymmetrical Ada pinny. This is my favourite piece in my wardrobe. It is so flattering and the fabric is lovely to wear. It doesn’t crease and still looks perfect at the end of the day.
I have been buying MG pieces for years and I have never been disappointed. I still have all of my pieces. The fit is always perfect. The quality of the manufacturing is excellent.
I love the effortless comfort. The fabric feels luxurious next to my skin. This is one of the reasons that I return to the label every year. I don’t have to think about the quality, I know it will always be good.
I have been a customer from many years. I like the quirky details, even the lace hems on the leggings. I’m just back from travelling & saw nothing while I was away that can compare to the quality of MG!
I have been buying MG for over 20 years. All the pieces enhance the female form….they are for real women. The quality is excellent. You get what you pay for.
I love my linen pinny. It is very practical with functional side pockets which I love.
I always buy size 5 and everything fits perfectly. I can mix the different seasons together to update my wardrobe. I connect with the stylists through Facebook and they are excellent. I haven’t had to send anything back & this entices me to shop more online.
I love all of the collections. I can wear the pieces casually or dressed up for occasions. I want to give more than 5 stars!
I looked at my reflection in the mirror and tears spilled down my face. I had had a double mastectomy and was finding it very difficult to get used to my new shape & to find clothes that made me feel feminine and not like a square. When I looked at my reflection (in MG store) that day I felt like me again, the me before any illness, the confident me.