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Garment Care

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CLEANING

Be aware: Wrong cleaning can cause irreversible damage to your suits and shorts. Also, avoid over-cleaning your suits, dry-cleaning your suit too often will wear away the natural fibers and take some years off.
If you have the possibility, ask your mom for advice!
In general: If your suit is clearly duly then take it to the cleaners, otherwise, use a lint roller or spot clean with water and a soft towel on small stains will suffice.

PRESSING

Use a steamer instead of an iron. If you want to prolong the life of your suit, get a steamer. Never use a normal dry iron directly on your suit as it will bum the fibers and add a sheen to the material. But, if your steamer isn’t doing the job you need, bring it to the cleaners and ask them to press it.

HANGING

Always hang your suits in your closet. To make sure your suit maintains its form, we advise using wood or plastic hangers with rounded edges. These offer a more natural shape that fills out the shoulder nicely, and allows it to sit and drape nicely. When it sits for a day or two, the suit will naturally go back to its original drape.

PACKING

The best way to pack your suit is to roll it. Turn the suit inside out, put the shoulders together, and roll it up, be careful to make sure the seams and lapels are lined up as you fold, then do an easy loose roll from the bottom up. Good news for fans of the carry-on.

STORING

Use a garment bag. Some of your suits are seasonal. You probably won’t be wearing any of your heavy wool suits in the middle of summer. Before putting any suits away for the season have them dry cleaned before you put them away. If you have an overly dusty wardrobe make sure to store them in a suit bag.

SORT AND OPTIMIZE

Different garments have different requirements and your laundry should be sorted accordingly. At least, you need to sort by color but we recommend you also sort them by type (workwear vs more delicate garments) or temperature (warm vs cold). A good tip is to make sure that the garments don’t hurt each other in the machine, empty pockets, close zippers and make sure to not wash colored new garments for the first time together with lighter colours.

GO FOR LOWER TEMPERATURES

Thanks to modern day washing machines and detergents you no longer need to boil your laundry. A lower temperature still gets the job done, while putting less stress on your clothing and the environment.

USE GREEN PRODUCTS

Choose an environmentally friendly laundry detergent and don’t use too much of it. Overdosing won’t have any effect on making your clothes cleaner. Softeners are popular and can be anti-static to reduce the collection of lint on dark garments, but be aware that chemical softeners may damage both the garment and environment.

USE GREEN PRODUCTSTOOLS

  • A Suit Brush or lint roller if you’re in a pinch
  • Proper hangers; preferably wooden with shaped ends to fill out the shoulders
  • A steamer for quick refreshing and touch-ups

This is your best line of defense in suits that weather the daily grind and the occasional happy hour or formal event.

PROPER HANGERS

Before a suit retires to a dark closet it needs to be hung and aired at least a day or two. After wearing your suit, regardless of the venue it is always a good idea to let it air to properly dry out all the fibers and remove any odors that may be lingering. And trust us: It’s best to have a couple of suits on rotation, so you’re not wearing the same one days in a row.

HAND STEAMER

Hand Steamer is a great tool for removing those nasty wrinkles anywhere you bend. If you trust yourself with an iron this will certainly do the trick, however extra caution is a must. Keeping a clean non-colored terry or linen towel between the iron and the suit’s fabric is extra insurance against burning. The best practice is to place and lift the iron, allowing the heat and steam to remove the wrinkles, instead of rubbing it up and down the garment. Never place an iron over anything that could possibly leave a stain. The iron will just ensure its permanent placement on your beloved suit.

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