Care Guide

Thank you for purchasing your Branco Pelle garment. Our experienced team has spent countless hours designing and crafting your garment to last you a lifetime.

Shearling Care

Shearling is a naturally thermostatic material which means its wicks perspiration away from your skin, is porous and allows breathability against your body heat, is naturally dirt and water resistant, and anti-bacterial.  With proper care and gently touch ups when needed, your shearling garment can be a luxurious investment and provide lifelong use.

We do not recommend having your sheepskin dry cleaned as the treatment can dry out the pelts and cause colour change, as the chemicals remove the natural oils in the skins and reacts with dyestuff used in tanning technology.  If your garment is very soiled, we do recommend a fur and sheepskin specialty cleaner as their processes are gentler and use less abrasive and cleaning solutions.

In most cases small soil marks on shearling can be cleaned a damp cloth, a gently brushing with a cleaning pad such as a clean sponge or gentle scouring pad.

  • Don’t worry if you’re in wet or snowy conditions with your shearling garment although it's best to avoid an all-out downpour. If your coat accidentally becomes thoroughly wet, shake off the excess water or snow and blot dry with a clean towel.
  • Hang your coat to dry at room temperature.
  • Avoid any direct heat sources (such as a radiator, blow-dryer, etc.).
  • Do not vigorously rub a wet sheepskin garment, as that will force the moisture deep into the leather, to the detriment of the garment.
  • After your sheepskin coat is thoroughly dry, use a suede brush or suede block to raise nap of the suede.
  • If your coat has a leather nappa finish, do NOT brush with a suede brush; rather, rub lightly with a soft towel.

Storage

In general store your shearling garment away from direct sunlight as that will cause the colors to fade.

Never store in unbreathable bags such as plastic bags.

Store on a properly sized coat hanger with rounded shoulder pads to preserve the shape of your coat.

Wool Care

Let’s talk wool for a moment.  Wool is a natural fiber spun from the hair of various animals. It has a natural crimp which functions to trap air, causing the fabric to retain heat and keeping you warm during those long and cold Canadian winters.  Like all natural fibers, it is washable in cool/cold water with a gentle detergent.  So why does the care label inside your favorite wool coat read “DRY CLEAN ONLY”?

The are many elements that give the coat structure, warmth, shape, durability, comfort, longevity and style.  If washed, the internal elements could shrink, loosen, crack, stretch and even dissolve, causing your coat to loose the integrity of its original design.

Here is what you should do:

  • If spills occur, spot wash the shell fabric with cool water and a mild detergent.
  • DON’T RUB THE WOOL!!!!  Friction + water= Felting.  Instead, gently tap with a clean wet towel.
  • If the coat is heavily soiled, take to a professional dry cleaner specializing in jackets.
  • “I MUST BREATHE”: Don’t cover your coat in plastic, it is a natural fiber and should breathe. Instead use a cloth garment bag for storage.  The coat should hang on a wide brim hanger with proper support on the shoulder as not to stretch the fabric.