However, I can't use local cleaners for jackets and trou because they just don't do a good enough job. So I have to bring them to the city, the Hallack truck comes to my office, and returns the stuff to my office, and then I haul an extra suit home on the train again. Sounds easy, I guess, but it irritates me.
Then there's always some pair of shoes that needs to be re-soled. I wear the damned toes out so fast. I get steel toes and that helps but there's always a pair or two that needs something.
Now I have a vest and a pair of paints with little pin holes. Have to go to the re-weaver. Fack.
For a while it seems I was going to Tie Crafters constantly to get this narrowed, that shortened, this cleaned, etc. I think I am OK on ties for now but that was a pain.
Alterations: I lost some weight a few years ago, had all my pants taken in over a rolling period. Major PITA. Then, because I am picky, I notice little bugs that can be worked out here and there and am always getting those done. Haul into city, drop off, get fitted, pick up, haul home.
Clothes from overseas often have one little glitch that isn't worth sending them back over (espeically not to Naples, the sartorial black hole, once they go in, you may never see them again). So I get those little fixes done here.
Lately a lot of my nicely shanked buttons have been coming undone. Dry clears can't shank a button properly and they don't use the right kind of thread. So that has to go back to the tailor, too.
This summer has been super humid and I have been caught in a few thunderstorms. Well, nothing ruins a press quite like that. Forget about your trouser creases. Oh, and I now have first-hand experience with jeffryd's point about blown seams. Yeah, it's real. Can't trust the dry cleaner to press a suit correctly, oh no, not only that but cleaning is bad and should only be done when it's really necessary, and I know of no DC that offers a pure pressing service. So back to the tailor it has to go.
BTW, Frank (Ercole) does most of this stuff for me and I encourage him to overcharge me because he hates doing all of it. But I just don't trust anyone else.
It's really a lot of work keeping all this crap in working order.