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Wonderful wool, lithe leather. The 2020 autumn trends made by nature.

Knitwear – still evergreen in autumn 2020

Are you looking forward to wearing your cosy knitted pullovers again this year? Preferably oversized or as a long pullover with leggings and jeans? Then you will certainly look fashionable once again in 2020! Yet not only knitted pullovers are in vogue, but also all-over knitted ensembles consisting of pullover, trousers and coat or a warm and cosy knitted cape. A chic and fabulously feminine look can be achieved with the midi-length knitted dress accompanied by waist belt and knee-high boots – especially when the knitted dress is made of elegant cashmere or cosy merino wool. Those who prefer a more minimalistic look should go for the timeless, single-colour roll-neck pullover – it goes wonderfully with anything.

The new leather looks for 2020

Leather is celebrating its total comeback in autumn 2020. It is not just desirable in any form or style, but an absolute must. And there are no limits when it comes to the colour: from sun yellow to ocean blue, from carmine red to olive green – if it has style and you like it, then it’s allowed. But of course the classics remain black and brown. Besides jackets and boots – the all-time favourites – leather and its casual elegance is particularly striking when worn as part of a business or party outfit: whether pencil skirt with lightweight blouse, knee-length shorts, the classic suit or the little black minidress, leather takes any look to the max.

Not all wool is the same

Generally speaking, when people talk about wool, they are usually referring to the pure new wool obtained from sheep: it is nice and warm to wear, but it can also feel itchy on the skin. Warmer still is the wool from alpacas or merino sheep, which is lighter – but also somewhat more expensive. Mohair wool is obtained from the coat of the angora goat and is one of the highest-quality materials available. It is extremely fine, very soft and also very delicate. Cashmere wool is among the very finest types of wool, which is why it is also really expensive. It is obtained from the undercoat of the cashmere goat and is especially soft, warm and lightweight.

ball of woolUnsplash / Soraya García

Leather – back to the roots

People have always worn leather. This oldest of natural materials is still obtained from the skin of animals, but there is also significant demand for imitation synthetic materials. As a consumer, you are free to choose the material you prefer. As a ‘waste product’ from the food processing industry, the skin of cattle, calves, sheep, goats and pigs is mainly used for natural leather, which then undergoes an elaborate process to produce good-quality leather. There are of course particularly expensive and exclusive products here, too, and you should always check to establish where exactly the leather has come from in order to support places of origin that are committed to animal welfare.

The right way to care for wool and leather

You should definitely always read the care label! With knitwear, the right temperature is the most important aspect, whether washing by hand or in the machine. There is wool that can shrink at just 30 degrees. If you are washing the garment by hand, under no circumstances rub it, because the wool will become matted. Choosing the right wool detergent is also important. (Perwoll Wool and Delicates gently cleans and cares for your garments and prevents the formation of fuzz and bobbles, known as pilling). After washing, reshape the garment while it is still damp and then lay it flat to dry. Important: Do not expose the wool to any direct heat source (e.g. central heating). Leather can generally be washed by hand, but it takes a lot of effort. Here, too, read the label. Full-grain leather and dyed leather must firstly be soaked in a fixative solution (available from online retailers) and then washed in the machine (wool cycle at a maximum of 30 degrees) or by hand. You can use a special leather cleaner, but a wool detergent (e.g. Perwoll Wool and Delicates) is also sufficient. Important: Wash the leather again after the main wash using fabric conditioner (e.g. Vernel). Secret tip: Add 3–5 drops of orange oil – this will keep the leather even more supple. Then reshape the garment and lay it flat to dry. And then be very patient. It is even easier with Persil Service: we provide a professional cleaning and care service, perfectly tailored to the needs of wool and leatherwear.