FAQ

Why buy a Pyne & Smith Garment?

We live in a fast paced world, but I believe the comfort, simplicity and purity of my dresses will inspire you to slow down a little, take time to create memories and feel perfectly comfortable doing so.
Pyne & Smith garments are made ethically and sustainably here in Los Angeles, California, in small batches with 100% pre-shrunk European flax Linen. Our garments are designed with a timeless aesthetic and to have a relaxed, comfortable fit. All of our garments that are shown with Corozo nut buttons (a natural, sustainable material) are fully functional - they unbutton! Pockets - every Pyne & Smith dress has pockets! 
We care about our planet and our carbon footprint. In addition to using 100% recycled mailers for our packaging, we send our Linen scraps to a textile recycling center, where they are repurposed into car and airplane seat covers. 

Why is Linen so special?

Linen is made from the Flax plant. Flax plants are harvested and prepared for weaving by going through a laborious, time consuming process of drying, threshing and retting.  When the finished material is ready to be spun into yarn, it resembles bunches of long, blond hair. Hence the term “flaxen” for light haired folk. The flax material is then spun into thread and dyed to the colors that we specify in our own custom fabric designs and woven into the finished 100% linen that we use for our dresses. Linen is wonderfully cooling in the heat, but it is equally as versatile for cool weather, and will keep you warm in the winter. In addition, Linen is hypo-allergenic and highly breathable, making it a wonderful fabric for sensitive skin. 
An environmentally friendly product, every part of the Linen flax plant is used to make linen fabric, so there is no waste, and it requires less water and chemicals to grow and cultivate, additionally the flax plant enriches the soil it is grown in. 100% flax Linen fabric is incredibly strong and durable (it's 30% stronger than cotton). It actually improves with age, so each wash makes your linen softer. When the flax is made into the yarn it can develop little nubs or 'Slubs', Slubs are not a defect in the fabric, they are a part of the character of the Linen. Sometimes the slubs will fall off, but it’s best to leave them on there and not cut them off, as this can form a hole. If it does bother you, you can use needle to push the slub into the inside of the dress.

What if my size is sold out?

All Pyne & Smith garments are small batch made, in order to be sustainable. Our sizes sell out! The good news? We do re-stock popular items once after a collection is launched. For Spring/Summer, we usually re-stock in May. For Fall/Winter, we usually re-stock in December. It's worth signing up for our newsletter to be notified about re-stocks, sales and other special events.

How do I wash my linen garment?

Linen is a low maintenance fabric. All Pyne & Smith garments come to you pre-washed. Hand or machine wash on gentle in warm water. Dry by laying flat or tumble dry on low heat. Do not bleach. Do not use oxygenated detergents that contain hydrogen peroxide such as Oxyclean or Vanish on the buttons, and we recommend you do not soak the buttons.
We love the beautiful, crumply look that makes linen so unique! If you do need to iron your garments, it helps to iron the garment while it is still moist. Do not iron to a crease.

Gift Cards?

Yes, we have gift cards, please visit our shop to purchase the perfect gift. You can apply multiple gift cards towards one purchase, so if you are given several gift cards, you can use them at different times, or in one single purchase.