“I hate being asked when checking in at an airport if I packed my bags myself – it is most embarrassing to admit in front of a queue of perfect strangers that I can no longer afford to keep a Valet.” – Anon.
Following the guidelines below should help your suit to develop well with age. When treated with respect, and cut in appropriate cloths suits can last over ten years and often much longer…
A jacket should be hung on a hanger that fits well into the shoulders to fully support them. We deliver all of our suits on velvet hangers to prevent the garment from slipping. We advise customers wearing suits for business to ensure that they have an appropriate hanger and hanging-space in the office; hanging jackets on the back’s of chairs should be avoided where possible as this can cause the shoulder line to irreparably drop.
Clothing should not be stored in direct sunlight as this can cause the cloth to fade. Similarly, garments should not be crammed into a wardrobe, but should have some space to sit between them. This not only allows each garment the space to breath but prevents jacket shoulders from become squeezed or misshapen; cedar wood should be used inside the wardrobe to deter moths.
After each use a suit should be aired by hanging it outside of a wardrobe overnight, preferably in a well-ventilated area. A suit should be worn for one day and rested for no less than two days before being worn again.
White, pale coloured and velvet suits should always been stored under a protective covering.
We encourage all of our bespoke customers to bring their suit back for a complimentary service after the first weeks of use so that we can help the suit’s form to develop. Handmade suits, tailored in artisanal cloth continue to mould to the customer’s physique and adapt with body heat as they are worn, settling around the customer and following the contours of their body more naturally. We take this opportunity to gently press and steam the suit, breathing new life into the cloth itself and helping its shape to settle permanently.
We will happily press and steam a customer’s clothes whenever this service is required.
Dry cleaning is strongly discouraged. Cleaners who know how to look after a bespoke suit are few and far between. Do not forget that the natural fibres that make-up suiting cloths are essentially a form of hair. As with hair, soaking wool, mohair, silk or other suiting cloths in harsh chemicals removes all of the natural oils that keep these fibres soft, glossy and crease-resistant. Customers requiring their suits cleaned or refreshed are advised to bring them to us. We start by checking the buttons and zips before checking the lining and the seams. We spot-clean any stains, then steam-clean, sponge and press them. Steaming the suit will reinvigorate the natural oils and lanolin in the cloth, rather than removing them. We also offer invisible mending when required.
Likewise, local alterations tailors can do irreparable damage to a handmade garment. Any alterations should always be returned to us, and undertaken by our highly skilled specialist alterations tailors – who understand the technicalities of altering and re-fitting a bespoke suit.