sempre|flute high quality, handmade instrument care
The feel of the fabric, crisp and elegant, was my driving motivation to create something for musicians that not only was necessary and practical, but something that is inspirational, something that would make someone feel professional, accomplished, and confident in any musical setting.
Sempre|flute takes inspiration from luxury fashion and products. The material quality, the feel of the fabric, the entire sensory experience of wearing something so luxurious, influenced our product creation.
It's a common experience that when you wear a nice suit or an elegant pair of shoes that you exude more confidence. And after product testing through professional musicians, they all confirmed that not only were sempre|flute products extremely practical but also of extraordinary quality. Whether it's taking an audition, a lesson with a prospective teacher, a high-profile concert, an intimate chamber setting, whatever the circumstances, anything to boost morale in high-pressure situations is a worthy cause. That is one of the most important aspects of sempre|flute.
ALL ABOUT COTTON
Cotton was the chosen fabric for sempre|flute products for several reasons. It’s important to discuss the lifespan of cotton as well as it’s comparison to other mainstream fabrics to understand the impact of it’s sustainability for sempre|flute cloths.
The production and process of cotton into fabric is a simple one and can be outlined in three steps. First, the cotton is grown. Second, it is harvested and spun into thread. And lastly, it is woven and then dyed for commercial use.
Cotton, or Gossypium hirsutum, is not considered to be an invasive species here in the US. It is also biodegradable in the timespan of less than 6 months.
There are two fabric materials that are currently popular in the instrument care market: polyester/synthetic, and bamboo microfiber.
It is important to compare the sustainability of each fabric type to understand the importance of cotton and why it was chosen for sempre|flute products.
Simply put, polyester is plastic that has been chemically processed to be turned into a fabric. It can take up to 500+ years for it to decompose and not only has detrimental effects on the environment but also on human health, specifically endocrine and hormone systems.
Bamboo is considered an invasive species in the United States. Once it is planted, it aggressively spreads and is very difficult to remove once grown, often negatively affecting native plant life and subsequently wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. The chemical and mechanical processing that’s required to turn bamboo into a useable fabric is unsustainable from a carbon emissions standpoint.
Any sort of microfiber fabric can shed fine-micro particles of fabric dust that can accumulate on the pads and mechanisms of the instrument that is not ideal and could potentially lead to mechanical and pad decay.
Every sempre|flute cloth is handmade in small batches by the owner and founder, Elizabeth LaCoste. Every measure is taken to insure that there is no exploitation of any persons or peoples in the making of any sempre|flute product. All cloths are made in the United States and all fabric purchased is from businesses in the United States.