Originally Posted by BobbyCuntox
Cheers for that, i really appreciate the help though i'm a little unsure about the Japanese ventile as it has the following instructions on the label, and also feels quite different to the Ventile Converse sneakers:
"Care Instructions : Water Repellent Finish
This Product has a water repellent finish
Please be noted it will lose this affect gradually with age and that the effect will not last forever
Please gently wipe up water with a dry towel without rubbing when wet
Line dry away from heat and do not iron
Possible marks on the fabric are part of the character of the finish
Please be aware before your purchase"
...the plot thickens. Again thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated.
(will hopefully post some pics of some of the bits I've collected over the years when i get five)
Ventile is a trade name so should be the same everywhere - there are different weights which is why it might feel different.
It is now all woven in Switzerland from what Nigel told me last week, it is extremely tightly woven long staple yarn cotton, is expensive and relies on the cotton to swell when wet to keep the water out.
If the garment is Ventile, I can only think that NC Japan has only one type of garment care label that covers all the outerwear pieces which will include the waxed cotton, oilcloth and beeswax cotton garments that this really applies to.
A lot of high value designer gear comes with overly cautious garment instructions for obvious reasons.
I have around 40 -50 NC Authentic pieces and have worn his jackets, coats and waistcoats nearly everyday for over 3 years. I have worn NC tweed, Ventile, olicoth, and Macintosh coats and jackets in some pretty heavy downpours and while doing many outdoor activities such as canoeing and bushcraft etc and I haven't washed or dry cleaned anything once.
Just aired the clothes after wearing and the odd mark just wiped off with a damp cloth
I haven't cleaned any of my Tweed Mallory's and Mallory waistcoats as I would never trust a dry cleaners (horrible places and chemicals) - just aired them and occasionally sponged a mark.
OK, my beeswax Naval Parka, Cameraman Jacket and Everest Parka look a bit grubby in places but great - cant wait to get them to stand up by them selves!
The only pieces I've washed by hand are shirts and the Merz/Cabourn undergarments.
I think we ought to have a competition to see who can get the best picture posted of a NC garment which looks the most worn and lived in.