FAQ's

Washing indications.
And other questions you might have about our process.
Don’t be afraid to ask more and we will include your questions here.

Garments

Do you use any chemicals in your process?

The only chemical used is the mordant in of our two dyeing processes. In our particular case, we use Alum. This chemical, however, is neutralized when in contact with the dye, so it does not affect the environment nor is it transferable to your skin.

Other chemicals can be found in the stitching thread of some of the garments. Other than our white garments and our t-shirts which are all stitched in the same white cotton thread, all other garments need to be stitched in polyester thread dyed using regular dyes.

We hope that one day, sewing thread is available in a non-toxic form and in cotton at quantities that can be assumed by all.

Which plants are used for each colour?

We do not only use plants, like Indigofera tinctorea or Myrobalan, but we also use fermented iron salts for our blacks. We specify each plant used for dyeing at the product page.

Can you wash your clothes on the washing machine?

Yes. You can wash your clothes on the washing machine in cold temperature and a gentle cycle to make the colour last longer and protect your clothing.

Actually, you should wash all your clothes the same way.

Can I use any soap?

Use a pH neutral soap, whether you wash by hand or with a washing machine.

Can I put my clothes in the dryer?

You can, but we do not recommend. If you really have to, put a very gentle cycle take out the excess water, if needed, and finish drying out in the open.

Can I take these clothes to the dry cleaner?

This is a categorical No. We never know what products are being used in the dry cleaner, and they can mess up your colours badly.

Any other special cares I need to know about?

First wash always do in similar colours. And wash, dry and iron your clothes inside out. This is good advice for any garment.

Is it normal there is so much colour variation?

We work with artisans that have more than 20 years experience and try to avoid colour variation. However, it is a hand process, and each piece is unique. Colour variation, patchiness and other effects are possible.

It is not a defect of the garment, instead, it is a sign of identity.

How long will the colour last?

There is no way we can estimate how much the colour will last per garment as each piece is dyed by hand. It will also depend on the usage, whether you follow the washing indications, the quality of the air and water.

I see dark stains in the clothes I bought. Is this normal?

You can see darker stains in our greys and blacks. As our artisans use iron salts in a manual process some salts may not dissolve at the same speed as others thus creating these effects in the garment.

Your Fit

Can I combine your clothes with white or will it stain them?

You can combine them though some colour transfer might occur through rubbing. Colours that will bleed are Indigo blue and Madder red.

How can I be sure your Chinos will fit my legs?

Our Classic Chinos are tailored for men with athletic legs, so they are bit tight through the thigh. However, we have tried to not make them too tight so it can fit properly in a larger variety of legs.
Check the specs before you venture into ordering.

How do I know my shirt size?

You can check the measurement chart of each garment. We personally like loose clothes, and most of our fits have some extra room if needed, but not too much to look baggy.
We suggest you take your measurement tape and size your chest around the widest part. Also, you can compare our measurement chart with that of a similar garment you own.

How do your shirts fit?

We like our shirts loose and untucked. Our Desert shirt has a tail length slightly shorter than usual, but it can still be tucked if you don’t wear your pants too low. A more fitted style is our Concrete shirt which you can use either way.
We suggest you take a good look at the measurement chart of each garments before you make any purchase. And if you have any doubts you can always ask us via email.

Shipping

How will my order be shipped?

All domestic orders for in-stock items are shipped free of charge via USPS. Please allow two business days to fulfill and issue you a tracking number. In case of any delays, we will get in touch with you. Once you receive your tracking number, you should expect your package within 7-10 business days.

How do you handle international orders?

All international packages are sent via USPS. All international packages are traceable. Delivery time is subject to distance, duties and customs. We cannot guarantee a delivery date, so we advise that you track your package along the way.

Returns

What is your return policy?

You can return an item for a full refund or store credit within 5 days of having received it. There are some exceptions, though. Just make sure it’s the right fit. Keep in mind that anything you return needs to be in re-sellable condition (unworn, unwashed, unaltered).

How do I make an exchange or return, and how long is the process?

To make an exchange or return, please email us at info@ekomestudio.com to start the process. We want to dress you up slow, but we want it to be easy as well.
Return shipping is free within the US and its territories. If you’re returning from overseas, we can’t cover that cost, so we need you to do it. Please send your item(s) back to:

Ekome Studio
2243 Norfolk Drive, Apt. 102
Rochester Hills – 48309
MI, US

Please allow 5 business days to process an exchange or return. A refund to your credit card may take up to five days to be credited to your statement, depending on your bank.

Can I return an item for store credit?

If you would like store credit, please indicate “store credit” when you submit your request for a return. We will issue your store credit code that will be sent to you via email.