MATERIAL GUIDE

We at Billebeino are focused on designing and producing high quality clothing that lasts time and use. Starting from selecting the best suitable materials for use, keeping sustainable options on priority. Close co-operation with our selected suppliers is also a key for better results and constant product development.

One of the important ways to extend the life cycle of clothes is to properly take care of them. Treating your clothes with love, you can increase the lifespan of your clothes and significantly reduce the environmental impact.

  • Always check the care label on your garment for care instructions. Those can vary depending on the fabric blend, construction, and details on garment.

  • Garments that are used only a short time can be refreshed by airing out between wears. Sometimes, a simple refresh is all they need.

  • Wash full loads. Washing clothes with cold water can reduce energy consumption.

  • Air drying is highly recommended. Tumble dryer causes extra friction and damage to the fibers and shortens the garment’s lifespan.

  • Using a steamer is preferable to ironing. If you wish to iron, please iron on the reverse side only. Do not iron on print.

  • Instead of discarding clothes with minor tears or missing buttons, take the time to mend them.

  • Please see more detailed care instructions for materials listed below.  

We are using certified organic cotton whenever possible. In 2024 all of the used cotton was 68% organic.

Cotton is a soft, natural fiber that is widely used in the production of clothing due to its breathability, durability, and absorbency. It is one of the most popular materials for clothing because of its versatility and comfort.

Cotton can be woven into a variety of fabrics, including lightweight and breathable fabrics like muslin, gauze, and jersey, as well as heavier, more durable fabrics like denim and canvas. Cotton can be blended with other fibers, such as polyester, elastane or linen, to add stretch and durability.

SUPIMA COTTON 

Supima cotton is a premium quality cotton. It’s grown in the United States. It’s long staple fibers make it less prone to pilling, fraying and tearing. Supima cotton fabric is soft and durable making it a preferred choice for high-end clothing.

For more information https://supima.com/

 PRODUCT CARE

  • Machine wash cold or warm water inside out with similar colours.
  • Cotton products may shrink 3-5% and release some loose colour.
  • Let the garment air-dry
  • Reshape while damp
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Using  a steamer is preferable to ironing. If you wish to iron, please iron on the reverse side only. Do not iron on print.
  • Take special care for knitted sweaters made out of cotton. Let them air out between wears. Wash gently, press the extra water rolling with the towel and dry flat.

In cotton-polyester blend has the best of both materials. It has soft, breathable feeling to which the polyester gives more stability and durability. The colours occur more brightly in blend than in 100% cotton fabric and fabric surface keeps it’s smooth outlook. It’s the cozy material for sweaters, hoodies and sweatpants. 

In 2024 most of the blend that we use will be organic cotton and recycled polyester.

PRODUCT CARE

  • Machine wash cold or warm water inside out with similar colours. Dark colours may release loose colour.
  • Let the garment air-dry
  • Reshape while damp
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Using  a steamer is preferable to ironing. If you wish to iron, please iron on the reverse side only. Do not iron on print.

Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is generally considered a fairly ecological textile fiber. It has a naturally good resistance to pests, so no harmful pesticides are needed in cultivation.

Flax is also quite unpretentious in terms of growing conditions and does not require large amounts of water to grow. Linen is a good choice for summer wear as it is breathable and feels cool against the skin. It provides protection from the sun's rays without feeling sweaty. Linen is durable and non elastic fiber.

These features provide the wrinkled and relaxed outlook for linen garments. Linen garments tend to get softer in time of use.

PRODUCT CARE

  • Wash with lukewarm water inside out with plenty of water either by hand or with delicate care program with low cycle in washing machine to avoid excessive agitation. Wash with similar colours. Linen may shrink 3- 5% and release some colour.
  • It's advisable to wash linen items separately from other fabrics to prevent lint transfer.
  • Use a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can weaken the fibers and cause discoloration.
  • Reshape the product into its original shape while damp.
  • Let the garment air-dry by hanging or flat. Do not tumble dry.
  • Linen naturally wrinkles, but many people appreciate the relaxed, lived-in look.

Lyocell is a type of fabric made from wood pulp, often derived from eucalyptus trees. It is known for its softness, breathability, and environmentally friendly production process. 

LENZINGTM  TENCEL™ LYOCELL

Tencel is a brand name for lyocell. “LENZING™ Lyocell fibers are known for their natural comfort and environmentally responsible production process. They deliver quality, performance and versatility. Unique physical properties lead to their high tenacity profile, moisture management and gentleness on skin.”(heidän sivuilta)

For more information https://www.tencel.com/b2b/product/tencel-lyocell


PRODUCT CARE

  • Wash with cold water inside out with plenty of water with delicate care program with low cycle. Wash with similar colours. Lyocell may shrink 3- 5% and release some colour.
  • Use a mild, eco-friendly detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can damage the fibers and affect the fabric's properties.
  • Reshape the product into its original shape while damp.
  • Let the garment air-dry by hanging or flat. Do not tumble dry.
  • Always check the care label on your lyocell items for specific instructions. Different blends or finishes may have specific care requirements.
  • Using  a steamer is preferable to ironing. If you wish to iron, please iron on the reverse side only. Do not iron on print.

Viscose is a versatile and popular material used in clothing and textiles. Its' cellulose fiber is sourced mainly from wood pulp or bamboo.  It offers a soft, breathable, and comfortable feel similar to natural fibers like cotton and silk. It has a nice shimmer and it drapes nicely. This makes it a popular choice for a wide range of clothing items, including dresses, blouses, t-shirts, and even athleisure wear. Viscose needs delicate product care to avoid chaffing and laundry wrinkles.

LENZING™ ECOVERO™  VISCOSE Besides the conventional viscose we are using also LENZING ECOVERO  Viscose.

In that the fibers are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources.  LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fiber meets high environmental standards throughout their life cycle and has been certified with the EU Ecolabel for textile products. For more information: https://www.ecovero.com/

PRODUCT CARE

  • Wash with cold water inside out with plenty of water either by hand or with a delicate care program with a low cycle in the washing machine. Was with similar colours. Viscose may shrink 3-5% and release some colour
  • Fabric softeners can weaken the viscose fibers, so it's best to avoid using them.
  • Reshape the product into its original shape while damp.
  • Let the garment air-dry by hanging or flat.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Using  a steamer is preferable to ironing. If you wish to iron, please iron on the reverse side only through a damp cloth. Do not iron on print.

Polyamide, commonly known as nylon, is a synthetic fabric known for its strength and durability. Recycled polyamide fabric, like other polyamide fabrics, typically requires similar care, but it's essential to follow any specific instructions provided.

PRODUCT CARE

  • Machine wash in cold or lukewarm water. Use a gentle cycle.
  • Use a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach as it can damage the fibers.
  • Turn garments inside out before washing to reduce friction and potential damage during the wash.
  • Polyamide fabrics dry relatively quickly. Air-drying is preferable to maintain the fabric's integrity.
  • Generally, use a low to medium heat setting.

Polyester fabric is durable, lightweight, and resistant to wrinkles and shrinking, making it a popular choice for clothing fabrics. 

Recycled polyester fabric shares similar care instructions with regular polyester, but there might be specific recommendations depending on the manufacturing process or additional treatments. In 2024 all of the used polyester was 45% recycle.

PRODUCT CARE:

  • Machine wash polyester fabrics in lukewarm water.
  • Use a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach, as it can weaken the fabric and reduce its longevity.
  • Polyester dries relatively quickly, either through air-drying or using a dryer.
  • If using a dryer, use a low heat setting to prevent excessive heat exposure, which can damage the fabric and lead to wrinkles.
  • Polyester is generally wrinkle-resistant, but if ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting.

Acrylic fabric is a synthetic material known for its softness, warmth, and resistance to wrinkles and shrinking. We use acrylic mainly as a blend in some beanie and headwear styles. 

PRODUCT CARE:

  • Machine wash acrylic items in cold or lukewarm water.
  • Use a gentle cycle to prevent excessive friction.
  • Follow any specific care instructions on the garment.
  • Acrylic fabrics may be prone to pilling. Use a fabric shaver or a lint brush to remove any pills.

Carefully selected fibers are used in our knitwear. We commonly use Wool, Mulesign free Merino wool (RSW), Mohair (RMS), Alpaca and Cotton. They can also be used as blends.  

Animal fibers have excellent temperature-regulating properties, which makes them ideal for cold weather clothing. Animal fibers are also self-cleaning, so you won’t need to wash your knitwear very often. Most of the time, it will actually be enough to simply air out your knits and  gently shake them. Quality knitwear can be a lifetime investment when it’s treated as such.

 PRODUCT CARE

  • Let the garment air out between wears. Often this is enough to freshen the product.
  • Wash with cold water inside out with plenty of water either by hand or if allowed in care instructions with a delicate program in the washing machine.
  • Use special wool detergent for garments made of wool or other animal fibers
  • Avoid stretching the wet absorbed heavy garment.
  • Extra water can be rolled out gently by wrapping the garment inside a large towel.
  • Reshape the product into its original shape while damp.
  • Let the garment air-dry by flat. If drying by hanging the knitwear will stretch and loose it’s shape.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Iron the knitted items with low temperature through a damp cloth and with steam.
  • Store your knitwear folded in self. Hanging knitwear can cause the shape and fit to distort.
  • Pilling is natural for loose spun natural fibers caused by friction.  Snugs can be removed with a special brush or debobbler.
  • Animal hair knits are susceptible to moths. To prevent moth attacks it is preferable to store the knits in a garment bag or sealed box during off-season.