It's no secret that here at Philosophy Australia we value premium quality fabrics that work for the busy woman. Our motto 'easy wear, easy care, wear anywhere,' impacts the design choices we make, ensuring that we deliver you products that are an easy fit into your life and wardrobe. Here at Philosophy we pride ourselves in our top five signature fabrics; bengaline, slinky jersey, linen, ponte and rayon voile. Each fabric has their own unique properties and care factor. We've compiled a list of how to for your ease!
Our Bengaline ‘miracle’ fabric has been our go to fabric quality over the years. There are many versions of bengaline fabric available in the market, but the composition of ours is outstanding in comparison. We have been purchasing it from the same mill for more than twenty years, a testimony to the quality. The Bengaline miracle stretch fabric has fabulous stretch and recovery, due to its Lycra content. It retains its colour due to the nylon mix, and its tailored feel no matter the number of wears and washes. They wash and wear like a dream, never needing an iron and are super versatile, as you can wear them for family adventures, date night, work and everyday life. The Bengaline miracle fabric allows for easy movement whilst retaining its polished look and feel.
Throw the bengaline fabric garments into your washing machine on a cold gentle cycle, take out the machine and hang dry, no ironing required! This fabric is incredibly durable and will last you years if treated correctly. They’re the easy wear, easy care, wear anywhere pants that we continue to value as our core business signature fabrication.
ITY, or better known as our signature slinky jersey, is a fabric made form a blend of polyester and elastane. This slinky stretchy knit polyester jersey is a beautiful fabric that is smooth and cool to touch. Slinky Jersey has a 4-way stretch and recovery that is designed to move with your body and you without clinging or losing its shape, perfect for wearing all day and then heading out to a special occasion later! This easy wear, easy care, wear anywhere fabrication is a key foundation to every collection we produce here in Sydney, Australia. The transeasonal fabric gives a great classic look year-round that works back to everything in your wardrobe.
To care for your slinky jersey garment, make sure you wash on a cold gentle machine wash. Due to the polyester content it will maintain its depth of colour, no matter how many times you wash it. Avoid using fabric softener (not that you need to with this already super soft fabric!) as it can encourage fabric fibres to pill. This fabric is perfect for travel and our busy lifestyles as it washes and wears like a dream. You can throw away your iron as this crease-resistant fabric doesn't crease or wrinkle, simply wash, line dry and you’re ready to wear it again.
Using only premium quality 100% natural linen, with the most beautiful density, the Philosophy signature collection linen is the perfect natural fibre addition. Made from a natural flax plant fibre, linen is lightweight, durable and timeless from season to season. As a high-quality fabric, that is not only sturdy but durable, our linen pieces will last in your wardrobe for years if cared for properly.
The beauty about our linen range is how easy it is to care for. Living busy lifestyles ourselves we value fabrics that fit in your wardrobe with ease. Our linen can be both machine or hand washed. When washing in the machine use a gentle cycle only, cold water and mild detergent. The best thing about linen is that with each and every wash it gets softer and softer. Allow your linen pieces to line dry, in the shade so they retain their colour. Depending on how you like your linen to look, iron with a warm iron with the steam setting and a damp, light coloured cloth for best results.
Ponte is a fabric made from a blend of rayon, polyester and spandex. It is a thick, double-knit fabric with a two-way stretch. This means it is figure flattering, molding to your body and smoothing your silhouette. Ponte drapes beautifully too, making it the perfect blend of comfort and style. Ponte fabric, is the best and most practical solution for those unpredictable weather months; heavy enough to keep you warm, but light enough for all day wear.
This no fuss, easy wear, easy care fabric is best washed on a gentle cold cycle, with a colour safe detergent. When line drying, keep your garments away from direct sunlight, a bonus is that letting your ponte pieces dry flat will mean that they won’t need ironing. The tightly woven fabric holds its shape, appearance and colour even after many washes, making it the perfect investment. It is machine washable, doesn't require ironing and retains its colour and shape over extended wear. If you do choose to give the piece a press, use a low heat setting to avoid impression burn. This makes it perfect for popping in your suitcase for travel too!
Rayon Voile is a luxuriously soft fabric. Ideal for spring and summer dressing, this billowy, light-weight fabric quality, has a durability, softness and crispness to it, that makes it an incredibly fresh addition to your wardrobe. Rayon voile is silky, soft and handles with a light drape, perfect for summer dresses and tops. Our particular quality has a high gsm rate, meaning it is less transparent than many alternative brands.
This easy wear, easy care fabric can be laundered on a cold, gentle machine cycle and left to dry hanging in the shade. The lightweight fabrication means garments dry incredibly quickly. Make sure you wash your voile garments with a gentle detergent, nothing harsh or nasty! Ironing voile is never really necessary if hung to dry immediately after it’s wash. If you need to iron, cover the fabric with a press cloth to ensure that the colour remains crisp and fresh; we recommend doing just the neck, hem and inside pockets.