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How To Care For Suede Clothing |gushlow-and-cole

How To Care For Suede Clothing

23rd May 2019

We want you to enjoy wearing your Gushlow and Cole piece for many years to come so here we share our specialist knowledge and give you some helpful tips on how to help clean, care and maintain your suede clothing.


You should not need to clean your suede items often, if at all, however if you decide to clean your suede, always use a specialist dry cleaner. There are different types of suede for example; goat, sheep, calf and nubuck, all of which can have slightly different reactions to dry cleaning. There could be changes to the texture and sometimes it might feel slightly stiff with a minor loss of the suede nap. We therefore recommend only to dry clean your suede if it has had regular use and is looking tired.


When wearing your suede items make sure to avoid contact with any oil based substances, for example; makeup, body creams, oils, as well as ink, grease and perfume as they can permanently mark the surface.

Water and Rain

Try to avoid water and rain as this can permanently affect the appearance and texture of suede. If you do get caught in the rain, shake off excess water and hang your garment away from direct heat on a coat hanger.

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Regular light brushing will help to revive the pile of the suede. You can remove light marks by gently brushing downwards with a suede brush or colourless dry sponge. A suede block can be used for heavier marks as it is more abrasive than a sponge, however we always advise to rub very gently at first, using the block to blend out the mark. Only use a suede block on the marked area and rub with caution as brushing can lighten the colour of the suede. As a precaution, we advise you test the above techniques on an unseen area of your item first.

Expert tip – at the Gushlow and Cole workshop we have to take extreme care when making our suede collection. The most common marks to occur whilst manufacturing are transferred from the machinery. Occasionally a piece will pick up a grease mark. From over 30 years of manufacturing shearling and leather we have found the best way to remove this is to use talcum powder or lighter fluid (butane).

If using talcum powder, we would place this over the mark and leave this for a few hours. Once we have let this sit, we would then shake off the talcum powder and brush very gently with a dry colourless sponge.

If using lighter fluid, we would dab a small amount of the fluid onto an off cut of the same suede. Working carefully and quickly we would then rub the piece of suede repetitively over the mark, moving in alternating directions. Before using this method to remove a mark, we would always test the reaction of the fluid on a scrap piece of suede.

Please note: this is a highly specialised technique to remove marks on suede and we do not recommend using this method at home.



Suede needs to be stored in low humidity and in a moderate temperature. We recommend you store your suede in its original Gushlow and Cole dust cover, as this is breathable.

Always hang on a broad shouldered coat hanger as thin wooden or metal hangers can stretch the skin and misshape the shoulders of coats and jackets. Never hang suede over a hook or banister as this can distort the neckline.

Keep your suede away from sunlight and bright light as this can fade and discolour the suede.

Our tip – always hang your suede pieces rather than fold them as suede can permanently crease when left for a long period of time.

Protective sprays

You can protect the surface of nappa and suede shearling by using a leather protection spray. We advise that you test a small unseen area first and follow the instructions.

Please note: all protective sprays will wear off within time.

Further help

If you would like professional help or advise removing a mark from your Gushlow and Cole piece then please contact our customer care team who will be happy to help you.

✆ +44 (0) 01959535066


PLEASE NOTE: please use the above advice as a guide only and at your own risk. We cannot accept any responsibility for the care tips contained within this article.

How To Wear The Suede T Shirt Dress | Emma Gushlow | Gushlow and Cole

How To Wear: The Suede T Shirt Dress

17th May 2019

SS19 is here and so is our new season collection of suede and leather separates, which is why we’ve caught up with Gushlow and Cole’s Design and Creative director, Emma Gushlow to show us three different ways to wear the Suede T Shirt Dress:

My Day look



“I wear trainers to work in the studio most days, because I like the practicality and comfort when running from one job to another or standing at the design bench for long periods. So, here I’ve styled my suede dress with a pair of chunky trainers and a Gushlow and Cole Cropped Gilet in yellow curly toscana… which is actually a sneak peek from our AW19 collection!”


“I love yellow, it’s such a happy colour and not as hard to wear as many people think, the brighter the better! The navy of the dress and yellow of the gilet work perfectly with the colour detail in my trainers.”

My Work look



“This outfit is simple yet sophisticated enough to wear wear to a meeting or business lunch. I have used a black leather belt to cinch the dress in at the waist and styled it with a black chunky heeled shoe boot and statement blue earrings.”


My Weekend look



“Navy is an excellent core colour to wear with brights and for this look I have styled our suede T Shirt Dress with a pair of orange tasseled sandals and a vintage leather bag. The dress has a tie belt that I use to pull in the waist, alternatively the dress can we worn loose. Perfect for drinks with my girlfriends”.




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meet our makers | Carol | Gushlow and Cole

Meet Our Makers: Carol

09th May 2019

9th May 2019

Ever wondered who made your Gushlow and Cole coat, gilet or scarf? Then look no further than the ‘Made By’ label. We celebrate each of our craftspeople by sewing their name into each piece and today we caught up with Carol to share the history of her make….

On her journey

I began my career in British manufacture apprenticing at an upholstery shop in 1984, and then after six years on a bench as a qualified upholster I started to train in pattern cutting. It’s been an exciting road, but five years ago when I saw an ad in the local paper I decided to try my hand in fashion, now working at Gushlow and Cole HQ as one of their in house craftswomen.

A typical day

A typical day for me at the Gushlow and Cole workshop would be matching shearlings as well as pattern cutting mittens, hats and scarves. I also match shearlings for larger garments such as the Aviator Jacket – I really enjoyed helping making this style.

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On working with shearling

From a manufacturing point of view I really like working with shearling. Being a natural material not one shearling is ever the same, and with so many different shearling types and textures it’s a fantastically versatile material to work with. The finished products always look great too.

On British manufacturing

British manufacturing has long been known for it’s high standards and unique style but has been hit by the demands of fast fashion. In recent years I would like to think that the fashion industry is moving away from mass produced, cheap clothing like it was back in the 1980’s. There has been a recent shift for the need to buy good quality items that look good and last well – which is only a good thing.


“The first piece I ever made at Gushlow and Cole was one of their iconic Shawl Scarves, and I still make them today!”


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On her proudest achievements

I really enjoy seeing a well matched out and beautifully finished product and thinking to myself, ‘I helped make that’.

On the inspiration behind her career

From a young age I have always been interested in art and crafts. Being good with my hands rather than academic, I looked for a job where I could make things which lead me to my first job in upholstery. From there I soon realised, I was also quite good on a sewing machine…


” I really enjoy seeing a well matched out and beautiful finished product and thinking to myself, I helped make that”


gushlow and cole How To Master Transeasonal Dressing - t shirts

How To Master Transeasonal Dressing

01st May 2019

1st MAY 2019

With unpredictable spring climes, transitioning your wardrobe between seasons is always harder than it seems. So to help ease into a spring summer wardrobe, we’ve put together our list of hacks to master ‘transeasonal’ dressing.


You can still wear your coats and jackets between seasons by simply swapping out some of your winter layers. By replacing high neck turtlenecks and tops for cotton tee’s you’ll both look and feel SS ready.



If you’re most comfortable in dark winter hues like black and grey then opt for a colourful accessory to brighten your outfit. Scarves are a great way to energise a neutral wardrobe and can be worn over knit jumpers instead of coats during warmer days.




If in doubt of how to look and feel more ‘spring’ then it’s time to purchase that pair of white trousers you’ve been following all season. Gushlow and Cole designer, Emma Gushlow says “to stay season appropriate during this time of year I like to style mine with a lightweight jumper. It’s the perfect combination of winter and spring separates!”



Leather separates are trending hard this SS which means you don’t have to put your favourite pair of leather trousers at the back of your wardrobe archive just yet. Pair your leather pants with a white T, heeled boots and a lightweight coat for an easy, everyday spring look.