Good topic. Â As I finally purchased a pants press, got to thinking about the really necessary items a gentleman should own for clothing maintenance. Â What I've come up with so far are: - pants press by Corby of England (got mine thru Sharper Image) -large shouldered wooden hangers, such as those from Hold Everything (also available at Container Store and Target) -a good shoehorn -clothing brush -shoe kit, with kiwi polish, one brush for brown, one for black
A steamer would also be on my list of necessary items. I have shoe brushes for tan and cordovan too, and a spray bottle of Lexol for taking care of other smooth leather items (like my briefcase, 15 years old and still going strong.) A stiff brush for nubuck also. Not entirely necessary, but a very useful thing to have, is a front loading washing machine. These are much easier on your clothes than top loading models with an agitator, and get your clothing a lot cleaner too. I can wash delicate silk and wool clothing in my front loader that I wouldn't dare put in a top loader. Miele makes the best one, Kenmore makes the biggest one. Regarding hangers, the best are the ones with wide shoulders for the jackets, and hanging clips for the pants, so the pants can hang unfolded.