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