When it comes to natural fibers, there are really only a handful of options. But when you blend them together, you create entirely new hybrids that combine the best of both worlds, and the result is often more distinctive—or even more practical—than the more typical purebred varieties.
Take wool, now and forever the king of suit fabrics. But there’s a flipside to wool: Its ubiquity can also make it the anonymous pawn of suit fabrics, making you just another working-stiff in his worsted uniform. But blend wool with silk and suddenly you’ve got a fabric that’s anything but ordinary, wonderfully textured and with lightness and visual interest that are perfect for summer… Continue>>
There’s an old song lyric that goes “You couldn’t be keener/You look so fresh from the cleaner.”
In fact, looking fresh from the dry cleaner is not a good thing, since it probably means your jacket looks stiff, the lapel roll has been pressed flat, and you smell like chemicals.
Eco types often point out how environmentally unfriendly dry cleaning is, and we’re here to say it’s not exactly gentle on your favorite suits, blazers and sportcoats either. The truth is if you want to clothing to last, you should adopt a home maintenance regimen and dry clean your clothing as infrequently… Continue>>
The most important rule for storing any clothing for a length of time is to make sure it is clean. For suggestions on how to care for your wardrobe, visit our product care section. Doing so will eliminate going through this time consuming process when you are ready to transition again. More importantly, it will prolong the life of your garments. Storing a dirty garment typically has a negative impact on the appearance which cannot be reversed.
Most items should be hung to avoid wrinkles. Plastic bags used to return dry cleaning can be used to protect your garments during this time. However, knits and sweaters should never be… Continue>>
Two hundred years later, George Bryan “Beau” Brummell is remembered as the most elegant man who ever lived, and one of the reasons was his emphasis on the importance of dress shirts. Brummell insisted on plenty of fresh shirts, and supposedly sent them from London to be laundered in the country where the air was fresher.
When it comes to caring for dress shirts, time, money and effort all collide. While you’ll ultimately choose the method of care that best fits your lifestyle, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Dry Cleaners Versus Washing at Home
The first thing to decide is whether you want to care… Continue>>
Your cotton dress shirts will last longer if you follow some simple care instructions. If you are washing at home, use a cold water setting, then tumble dry on a delicate cycle. While your shirt is still damp, use a warm iron to get those wrinkles out. If you have your shirts professionally laundered, ask for light starch.
For non-iron cotton shirts, use the same wash and dry settings mentioned above. Simply remove the shirts from the dryer while they are still warm and you will be able to put them on without even looking at an iron… Continue>>
Suits are expensive, and a clear understanding of how to care for them will extend their life considerably. It is important to know that the chemicals used when dry cleaning suits tend to strip wool of many of its natural properties. By following some basic guidelines, you can minimize trips to the dry cleaners and prolong the life of your suits.
First, if possible, wear a suit only once each week. This way, there will be enough time between wearings for the suit to hang properly and regain its original shape. Don’t immediately cram a suit back in the closet when you take it off. Hang it in a place where it can air out. Hang trousers from the bottom on… Continue>>