Wrap yourself in wearable art! Teresa Maria Widuch crafts clothing with a bold, sculptural quality, and such individualized attention to detail that no two jackets are exactly alike. The cropped cape-jacket from Widuch's Chop collection is constructed in brilliant aqua turquoise ultrasuede with black accents. Like the mobiles of Alexander Calder, this jacket playfully balances positive and negative space with a bright, bold whimsy. Notched collar and half-length cape sleeves compliment the curved lines and cutouts to convey a buoyant lightness. Contemporary black circle pocket on the front with a black ultrasuede abstract cut ribbon inter-woven from the front to back on one side. Dress up any outfit with this lightweight jacket that is soft to the touch. Be ready for extra attention, because you will be noticed in this work of artful apparel!
Teresa Maria Widuch
Teresa Maria Widuch has born into an industrious family in Poland, surrounded by the conflicting forces of an artistic family and the scarcities of communism. This early exposure to the possibilities of meeting necessity through beautiful form guided her through a multitude of careers and countries, exposing her to all walks of life. She is entirely self-taught, drawing upon a lifetime of painting, freehand portraiture, sewing, knitting, and silk painting to develop an aesthetic that shows ingenuity and authenticity: an efficient use of materials with a clean line that is elegant but never flashy.
All work is done entirely by hand to create a fine-tuned sculptural effect. Each piece is given the time necessary to ensure the highest level of quality. Teresa Maria Widuch has chosen from the finest merino wools, wool felts, suedes, and ultrasuedes from around the world for this purpose. Each piece is individually designed, cut, and assembled: no two jackets or vests, even within the same design, are exactly alike.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS"Carefree Instructions" might be a better way to put it. One of the things wearers and designers alike appreciate most about Ultrasuede® is how easy it is to keep looking beautiful—and feeling soft and plush—for years to come.
A quick once-over with a lint brush will restore the sensuous nap and soft luster of Ultrasuede®. Periodically, it’s also recommended to vacuum the fabric and then dust it gently but thoroughly with a well-wrung damp cloth or sponge. Take care not to get the fabric too wet. Redampen your cloth or sponge in clean water, wipe again and let dry overnight. Once completely dry, rejuvenate the fabric with a gentle brushing.
Laundering and Dry Cleaning
Ultrasuede® is designed to be machine-washable. However, we recommend hand-washing with light detergent such as Woolite, and then either dried with a towel or air-dried. Ultrasuede® can also be professionally dry-cleaned, but be sure to indicate to your cleaner that the fabric is synthetic leather.
Ironing and Storage
Wrinkle-resistant Ultrasuede® products almost never require ironing, but if you do iron Ultrasuede®, brush the fabric with a lint brush in one direction and make sure to use a pressing cloth and to press the fabric gently, with your iron set at or below 120ºC/250ºF ("Synthetic Fabrics," "Low"). For storage after dry cleaning, wrap your Ultrasuede® garment and hang it in an insecticide- and mothball-free space on a clothes hanger so that it maintains its shape.
For spills, gently pat the spilled liquid with a paper towel. This will take care of most spills. For dried-in soiling, coffee stains and the like, you’ll obtain the best results by gently brushing the stained area. Vacuuming up the dried material is also effective.
• If the above method doesn’t work, try wiping the stained area from the outside in with a well-wrung cloth dampened in lukewarm water (about 105ºF/40ºC).
• It is important to make sure you keep a clean area of the cloth applied to the stain and that you not rub the fabric too hard.
• If the surface nap looks tousled, brush it gently.
•After wiping up, allow the fabric to dry completely before using.
Oil-Based Stains Not Removable with Water
•Try to wipe up oily stains as much as possible—without spreading the stain—with a dry cloth or paper towel.
•Next, take two rags, one soaked in ethyl alcohol, the other clean and dry. Pat the stained area from the outside in with the alcohol-soaked cloth, then pat the loosened dirt and oil off with the dry cloth.
•Repeat depending on degree of soiling.
•After removing the stain, let the fabric dry completely before using.
Caution: Never pour a cleaning product directly onto Ultrasuede®. If you use ethyl alcohol, make sure the room is well-ventilated and avoid contact with open flames.
Chewing-gum and wax
Put ice in a plastic bag and place on the stain. Once the material hardens, gently chip it away and then treat with ethyl alcohol. Rinse with clean water.
Try repeating the treatments described above; even stains that are not water-soluble often require subsequent treatment with water.
Old stains of unknown origin
First treat with lukewarm water, then rinse by blotting with clean water. If the stain begins to dissolve, repeat the treatment as often as necessary and let dry thoroughly. If staining persists, try treating with ethyl alcohol.
Care instructions were adapted from http://www.ultrasuede.com/about/care.html.