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Eye of the Butterfly Scarf by Lissy Verkade

BUY / 40 of a kind / $159

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So Fresh and So Clean: How to Make Sure Your Silk, Wool, and Cashmere Last and Last

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You ready to cut down on those dry-cleaning bills? Yah, thought so. We surveyed a bunch of designers, and they were straight-up thrilled to share their tips for taking very good care of some of their favorite fabrics. —erica

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The answer to the summer-wedding dilemma, c/o Rachel Rose. GET IT.

CLEANING SILK

+ “I always wash my silk stuff myself with The Laundress Delicate Wash, and this Stain Solution helps remove any spots you get on your garment—I always get oil on myself when I wear silk!” —Alyson Fox

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A Kain silk tee that can do work OR weekend. GET IT.

TAKING CARE OF SILK

+ “I hand-wash as much stuff as I can to avoid the dry cleaner, but I cough up the cash when it comes to my silk things. I do have a tip to prolong the time between visits to the cleaners, though: If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.” —Allison Sires of Thomas Sires

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A sweater, from Dusen Dusen, that’d totally work with shorts. GET IT.

WASHING SWEATERS

+ “Many cashmere labels may read dry clean only, but I’ll fill you in on a little secret:  Hand-washing a cashmere sweater is the best. Turn it inside-out and immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Don’t scrub—instead gently squeeze the suds throughout the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean, lukewarm water until the water runs clear. As soon as you can, gently press out the excess water—to cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water—and lay your sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.” —Pierre Kim of Ivory Row

+ “To hand-wash wool, it’s great to use a bit of shampoo instead of laundry detergent. My mum taught me that trick.” —Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs

+ “Soak Wash! Genius! You literally soak your knit and let it dry.” —Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan

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Meet your summer sweater. Thanks, Degen! GET IT.

FRESHENING UP AND STORING SWEATERS

+ “Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf—hangers are sweaters’ worst enemies. Okay, I lied: Actually moths are sweaters’ worst enemies.  Keep a piece of cedar in the drawer with your sweaters to naturally repel the moths. Add a sachet of dry lavender to keep other bugs away.” —Tara St James of Study

+ “I tumble-dry musty sweaters with a few clean towels and a dryer sheet, and they look and smell like new. I like Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets the best because the scent isn’t too overpowering.” —Danielle Ribner of Loup

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Can you tell what’s happening with this adorable Rachel Rose top? Those are little balls of white silk sewn onto the navy backdrop—yes, very knot-ical. —erica

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Next Level: Silk Trenches

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Is it obvious that we’re dreaming of warmer (drier) weather? That would allow us to wear not just a trenchcoat but a SILK one? Cause we’ve been spying these ‘round the internets, and we’re feeling them for sure. —erica

LEVEL I: Doesn’t get more classic than this—you’d have this Thom Browne one for decades.

LEVEL II: This Rachel Comey sucker would even look good layered under a heavier wool coat (in other words: you can wear it now).

LEVEL III: This blue. And why is this Adam Lippes take making me think of Tilda Swinton?

LEVEL IV: From Wood Wood—very sunshine, lollipops.

All the “Next Level” you can handle!

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Blue Ping Pong Tie by Pierrepont Hicks for Of a Kind

BUY / 20 of a kind / $91

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Go Bananas Silk Scarf by Alexa Sofia for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $120

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Rawaan Alkhatib

A genius poet, master pastry chef, and scarf-designing superstar—yah, we’re talking about one person. Born in Dubai, Rawaan Alkhatib spent her early days surrounded by peacocks and gazelles. “This definitely contributed to my animal obsession, which you can find in my writing and design,” she says. In 2002, she headed to Brown University, eventually landing in an MFA program in Iowa. “It’s the only place where you can be at a bar and a stranger says, ‘So are you a poet or what?’—and you can say yes and own it,” she recalls.

In 2011, Rawaan found herself in New York with a fancy degree and, while poking around for jobs, started making scarves. In 2012, this side project went official (oh, and she landed a 9-to-5 at a luxury flash-sale site, too).

Scarves appeal to her for two reasons: She wears them a lot and comes from a culture of headscarves. “Silk is so magical—it keeps you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re warm. It has a history of being used in luxury items, but it’s functional,” explains the designer, who hopes to add bags, clothing, and stationery to the mix down the road. “I have no real artistic training—merely boundless enthusiasm,” she says. “But this feels the most right of all the harebrained schemes I’ve had.” —alisha prakash

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Ali Golden

Ali Golden the designer is as straightforward as Ali Golden the line. With a background in graphic design and fine arts, she just sort of fell into the clothing world in 2011, discovering an attraction to flowy fabrics and clean lines. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she is an expert on the sewing machine, still making patterns and sewing her own samples, and is highly involved in every last aspect of her production, a rarity that totally shines through in her simple, thoughtful collection.

Meandering her way up the West Coast, Ali spent her childhood surfing and soaking up SoCal’s carefree vibes and now calls Oakland home. The offbeat neighborhood where her shop-meets-studio is located happens to be one of the coolest scenes in the city, with a vibe speaks to the sort of girl who would be drawn to her pieces. As Ali explains, that’s someone who “wants comfort foremost, but still wants to look good and unique. I like the idea of displaying my style with a lightness and a sense of humor—nothing too serious,” she says. Another key feature of her mostly silk label: “Almost everything is one size fits 0 to 10, so it literally is for everyone. It’s utilitarian and inspired by the notion of a uniform: anonymous with an edge.” —carly pifer

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When the weather’s not right for a real cable-knit, go all trompe l’oeil with this Rachel Comey silk situation. —erica

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Just when you thought you were over the whole crazy-silk-pant thing, these bad boys from Tabernacle Twins come along. Very Looks Good to Me, no? —erica

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