One of the first things we learnt in our fashion school labs (Yes, we wore lab coats & studied in ‘textile labs’!) was how to tell the difference between a fabric that is derived from nature and one that is man made. To make it really simple and fast forward a few lab tests & goggle selfies I will cut to the chase. Fabrics are either made from Plants (Natural ie Cotton, Linen, Ramie, Wool), Made from plastics (Man made ie Nylon, Polyester), or are a blend of both of these two.
Why is Natural Fabric so amazing?
We are obviously a HUGE fan of Natural fabrics here at La Luna Rose and use only Natural fabrics for our island store collection, not only because they come from plants and therefore when they end up back in the landfill many moons from now, they will integrate right back into earth like they never existed….but also because of the amazing properties that natural fabrics contain.
Fabrics derived from plants have natural cooling abilities to wick water (sweat) away from the body. They are also incredibly strong fibres when dry and they have a nicer drape to the finished fabric as they are, well, in their natural state and not a machine made yarn! Last but not least, the natural fibres allow fabric to breath properly and therefore making it much cooler to wear.
Want to try a test (Although I’m sure you are well aware of this already…) Sit outside on a warm-hot day in a Cotton T-Shirt. After an hour see how you feel. Now try doing that with a top made from Man-made fibres (Probably something you wear to the gym is at least 50% Nylon or Polyester) See? Sweat much?! You can try it sitting in your bathers as opposed to cotton underwear a woolen coat vs a Polyester blend coat…. The list goes on & you get the drift….
Along with their many amazing properties, one of the downside of natural fabrics is are that they can crease easily…. And hence your iron-ing game needs some extra work. When natural fibres are wet they can loose their undeniable strength and lastly, natural fabrics when dyed will loose their colour bit by bit over the years… Nothing too drastic though right?!
So then, what’s the deal with blended and man made fabrics then?
While Natural fabrics are amazing and all that we had for many many years, during the industrial revolution some genius’ got their hands dirty and started to experiment in making new fibres to create a yarn that included some of the properties that natural fibres were missing. These guru’s started to create fabrics from man-made materials such as plastic to create the ‘ultimate fabric’ which in theory was pretty epic and cutting edge at the time. These fabrics such as Nylon, Polyester, Polarfleece, Lycra all provided new ways in which fabric could be created and the different purposes it could be used for. Ie Swimming!
However, there are trade-offs and fabric production is no different. Ever get to the gym and wonder why you’re sweating bullets even though there is AC pumping? Yah, that’s because your tights, Sports Bra’s etc are most likely made from a derivative of plastic…. So yah, you’re kinda wrapping your body in plastic! It’s not to say that this fabric is all bad, more and more legends like Salt Gypsy use a new man-made fabric called Econyl which is made from recycled Plastic bottles found in our oceans…. Using up our current waste made in other industries and recycling it into special pieces of clothing for you to wear & cherish for years to come.
Fast forward 90 years and we are at the peak (I hope…. although I’m not entirely convinced) of fast fashion where these man-made fabrics are getting tossed around like nobody's business. All the major retailers produce 100,000’s of 1000’s of items every day using man made fabrics to keep up with our demand to consume more and more fashion items each and every month. Therefore the production of these ‘genius’ fabrics has far surpassed anything that the planet can deal with… We are in the peak of a plastic crisis not only through plastic bottles but through fashion as well.
Take a moment to read this:
‘EVERY Single piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today’…. This includes ‘plastic based’ fabrics too.
Feeling clued up on fabrics? Just a little? Here’s a quick few facts to take home with you & share with your pals:
So now that’s fabrics sorted, we’ll be up again soon writing what all the fuss about Organic Dye is…. Watch this space pal & thanks for coming along this journey with us. x
Ok we might be a little bias but if you're planning a trip to the magical island of Bali, we're 99.99% sure that Canggu is a must on your 'must stay' list of places to visit. And boy do we know a good villa or 10 to get the holiday REALLY started.....
The guys over at The Luxe Nomad, a property group who host villa's across Asia are a GREAT place to start your 'Villa Shopping' and start getting excited about your upcoming trip! Over the years we've had the pleasure of sipping back on many a cocktail and bintangs in a fair few villa's around the 'Gu and today we're here to share with you 3 of our favourites. Step this way my friends...
Calling all Pasta Lovers, Far & Wide! Centered in our favourite country of Italy, we have created this blog post not only as a little holliday escape around Italy but to help give you a deeper understanding of that carbo-heavy, winter-loving Pasta obsession that I know you all have.
Have you ever wondered where (and why?) those delicious Pasta dumplings served in juicy sauce come from exactly? How bout Spaghetti, is it the long-lost cousin of fettuccine or were they born at the same time in different areas? And delicious potato pasta balls (aka Gnocchi) ummm, HELLO, where on earth did YOU come from!?
Let’s be real here…. A good looking platter is not only the perfect piece of Pintrest Porn but a delicious piece of real life edible art – and who’s complaining about that!? Aperitivo hour – the two hours around sunset time – may just be my favourite time of the day due to the snacks & platters that manifest and appear across the globe at this time. We took to pinterest to scope out some killer platters that we can't wait to replicate... Read on for more inspiration.
Our necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 15" (Petites & almost a Choker length) to 23". Our 15", 16" and 18" length necklaces all come in our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain which is slightly heavier in weight. All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all necklaces are adjustable by 1"/2.5cm in length. Below is a diagram of how our chain lengths sit on a body. If you have a large breast area, you may find that the 23" length chain sits in between your boobs...a good thing or bad, I'm not sure, that's up to you!
|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 15cm & 17.5cm
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.