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post #16 of 25
I have a rowenta steamer, but it sucks compared to my rowents steam iron for wrinkles. It's ok for freshening I guess.

How come I have a prada shirt that says dry clean only? It's only cotton so I don't get it! Also, I find prada shirts to fit very well, but the quality is not as good as others.

Can I really handwash cashmere sweaters even if they say dry clean only? All my sweaters say that.

THANKS!
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by contaygious View Post
I have a rowenta steamer, but it sucks compared to my rowents steam iron for wrinkles. It's ok for freshening I guess.

How come I have a prada shirt that says dry clean only? It's only cotton so I don't get it! Also, I find prada shirts to fit very well, but the quality is not as good as others.

Can I really handwash cashmere sweaters even if they say dry clean only? All my sweaters say that.

THANKS!

what season is the shirt? maybe they changed their cleaning instructions? these are from the 2008 season
post #18 of 25
At least European washing machines have a hand wash cycle. No spin at the end. Very little agitation. Fairly gentle. Having seen some people over the years hand wash the machine is likely gentler.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by contaygious View Post
I have a rowenta steamer, but it sucks compared to my rowents steam iron for wrinkles. It's ok for freshening I guess.

How come I have a prada shirt that says dry clean only? It's only cotton so I don't get it! Also, I find prada shirts to fit very well, but the quality is not as good as others.

Can I really handwash cashmere sweaters even if they say dry clean only? All my sweaters say that.

THANKS!
My washing machine has a "wool" program, 30°C, very gentle. It's oscillating every 5 minutes or so. I use it for cashmere and wool sweaters. I then lay them flat on a towell to let them dry.
Then I use a cold iron when dry.

!luc
post #20 of 25
One of my cotton shirts says "no wash in water." Does that mean I really can't even hand wash the shirt and my only option is dry clean?
post #21 of 25
Throw it in the washing machine, cold water, gentle cycle.
post #22 of 25
Never get your Prada shirt laundered and machine pressed. Dry cleaning by someone who does great work will be your best bet because of the manner in which the shirts will be steam pressed.

The level of steam that a dry cleaner produces cannot be done at home. A professional dry cleaner can offer you a "soft" press that it hard to duplicate at home.

Prada shirts usually have a spandex content that makes ironing difficult with home equipment.

A dry cleaner who will mimic hand washing and steaming is your best bet. At my shops we dry clean most shirts first to remove oil and grease stains, and then give them a gentle cold water wash to remove food based stains and body odor.

Shirts are then hand steamed and hand pressed (with a hand iron) to finish. No starch is used only a light spray of sizing to give a crisp look.

Be careful most staff at dry cleaners see men's shirts and will wash and machine press them. The teen behind the counter doesn't know Prada from Old Navy and your shirt will suffer.

Best,
Jerry Pozniak
www.DryCleaningTips.com
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
my shirts have no spandex in them 100% cotton. I ended up just washing them myself on the easiest, slowest gentle cycle (6 min.) cold cold, then laid them on a towel, iron them on the lowest setting, no steam while they were still damp, eveything worked perfect!
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by TheDryCleaner View Post
Never get your Prada shirt laundered and machine pressed. Dry cleaning by someone who does great work will be your best bet because of the manner in which the shirts will be steam pressed.

The level of steam that a dry cleaner produces cannot be done at home. A professional dry cleaner can offer you a "soft" press that it hard to duplicate at home.

Prada shirts usually have a spandex content that makes ironing difficult with home equipment.

A dry cleaner who will mimic hand washing and steaming is your best bet. At my shops we dry clean most shirts first to remove oil and grease stains, and then give them a gentle cold water wash to remove food based stains and body odor.

Shirts are then hand steamed and hand pressed (with a hand iron) to finish. No starch is used only a light spray of sizing to give a crisp look.

Be careful most staff at dry cleaners see men's shirts and will wash and machine press them. The teen behind the counter doesn't know Prada from Old Navy and your shirt will suffer.

Best,
Jerry Pozniak
www.DryCleaningTips.com

thanks for the tips btw, when it is time to clean them again I will def. consider your advice. As nice as the shirts came out doing them myself, I am not a fan of ironing and can never get them looking like they do when they came from the store.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by pg600rr View Post
I currently own, or have owned in the past, shirts from Truzzi, Barba, Borelli, Etro, Finamore, Isaia, and these two were my first Prada purchases...to say that they are overpriced is one thing, what shirt at $450 a piece isnt overpriced??? even if its made by god. At $450 a pop I would say the quality is sub par, at $160 for Prada mainline shirts (NM private sale with extra 30% off) from the current collection I would say the quality is great!


Prada shirts fit me impeccibly (6'1" 185). Would I buy them again? on sale yes, full price no, at full price you can do much better.

I've worn a lot of nice shirts too, but my Prada shirts are in a class of their own. I'm hooked. It's the stretch fabric. I like stretch fabrics, but none of the other brands I've bought are even close. I can tell the difference right away when I put it on. Best shirt I've ever worn. As you say, the fit is impeccable (6'3", 200). They feel great.

I'm not a rich guy, but I love nice stuff. I spent 20 years in menswear, including one of the finest men's wear stores in North America.

For those that think they are "overpriced crap", I'd suggest sticking to the Gap, or something. They work fine too. I thought Prada shirts were overpriced, until I bought one, Then I bought another one, and another one. Now they are all I'm going to buy. I am going to look for the semi-annual sales, though, but I try to stay current if I can.
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