Thursday 8 December 2016

Soft & sensual: Ireland's queen of cashmere - Lucy Nagle

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Round neck cashmere jumper with hot pink pocket, €265, also available in tangerine with navy pocket.
Round neck cashmere jumper with hot pink pocket, €265, also available in tangerine with navy pocket.
Boxy fit striped jumper, €270, also available in navy with tangerine.
Generous fitting, round neck jumper in hot pink with tangerine heart on elbow, €265, also available in navy with hot pink heart.
Neat fitting sweater with round neck, €255, available in tangerine and oatmeal.
Open front cardigan with no buttons in oatmeal, €265, also available in navy.

Lucy Nagle has made a name for herself as the Irish Queen of cashmere and her handy care tips shouldn't be ignored if you want your luxury knit to last a lifetime. Our fashion editor spoke to the designer and selected her favourite pieces from Lucy's colourful SS16 collection

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Lucy Nagle's tips for cashmere care

■ If you love and look after your cashmere it will last you a lifetime. Over time the garment will actually consolidate and soften in touch.

■ Pilling is normal for new cashmere, so don't worry if some accumulates. Using a razor or a cashmere comb, very lightly run it along the affected areas and then just shake them off.

■ I'm nervous to say handwash your cashmere, but I wouldn't recommend putting it into the machine on a gentle cycle, instead soak the garment in luke warm water using a cashmere shampoo or a very mild detergent.

■ When washing it, squeeze suds gently through the fabric, do not rub, wring or stretch the garment. Rinse thoroughly but carefully in clean lukewarm water.

■ To dry, gently squeeze the excess water from the cashmere, then smooth the garment back into its original shape and place flat on a towel. Dry naturally away from sunlight and never tumble dry.

■ Another 'no no' is to hang up damp cashmere on a hanger. This will cause it to stretch out of shape.

■ When the garment is dry, press lightly with a cool iron.

■ Cashmere is best stored folded in tissue paper in a cool dark place. If you are concerned about moths, make sure you use lavender to fend them off.

■ Like a fine wine, cashmere will improve with age if cared for properly.

Photography: Emily Quinn

Styling: Courtney Smith

Make-up: Zoë Clarke

Hair: Aidan Darcy (Toni & Guy, Dundrum)

Main stockists: lucynagle.com, Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick & Galway; BT2 Dundrum & Grafton Street

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