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post #16 of 104

Since I'm a tailor and I like to wear my own suits, I almost use them to meet other people and also to go everywere in the city. Althought what you are saying is true, I wear them without thinking too much...you should also think to pollution, to the dirty air and streets and everything else...too many things to care about...should stay in a crystal glass without moving  :D ;)

 

I would avoid cleaning...only if strictly necessary.  Just randomize the use of them.

post #17 of 104
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I agree with waxing laces, that can be done also with beeswax (this one is softer than candle stick and also leave the laces to a good movement). Also, beeswax can be sofly brush on the sole to mantein the fibre and wear less.

Brushing beeswax on the sole, will it cause it to be slippery?
post #18 of 104

no, if you brush only a very thin layer, you have to use it by brushing (and a very very small amount - if you use too much of it, it will cause slippery).  Use just a very small amount (your nail dimension it will be good), then damp it on a cotton cloth and spread it/brush it on the sole. 

post #19 of 104
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Originally Posted by Musella View Post

Since I'm a tailor and I like to wear my own suits, I almost use them to meet other people and also to go everywere in the city. Althought what you are saying is true, I wear them without thinking too much...you should also think to pollution, to the dirty air and streets and everything else...too many things to care about...should stay in a crystal glass without moving  :D ;)

 

I would avoid cleaning...only if strictly necessary.  Just randomize the use of them.


You're no doubt right.  I get a little OCD about these things.

post #20 of 104

eheheheh!! Don't worry because many people suffer OCD about that too! :D

post #21 of 104
There is a solution to a "press only" service for bespoke suits: the old fashioned "sponge and press" favored by many bespoke tailors. In years past, many bespoke tailors offered this as part of their "lifetime care" service but this service offering seems to be dying a slow death.

Sponge and press involves a gentle surface cleaning of the fabric by a skilled technician followed by a hand pressing -- inside and out.
post #22 of 104
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Waxing laces?

I was just about to ask that
post #23 of 104
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I haul an extra suit home on the train again.

If there is one thing that irks me more than a slight repair or maintenance issue on clothing, its lugging extra crap on the train. More power to you.
post #24 of 104
Does anybody have a problem with their ties curling? Hermes ties are notorious for curling. Extremely frustrating. I tie my knots left handed and right handed to avoid the issue but it still happens. Tie Crafters claims to be able to fix them, but really can't.
post #25 of 104
It won't help with most of your issues, but knowing a few basic sewing skills might relieve you of having to make a few trips to the tailor. Knowing how to sew on a button or fell a loose lining can go a long way.
I can empathize about having to constantly get shoes resoled. I have a limited number of shoes and although I like leather soles, it got to be too much. I threw up my hands and went with rubber half soles.
I have a MTM suit that gaped along the lapel. Rather than remake it, the company tailor did a good job of shrinking away the excess with a steam iron and vacuum table. Needless to say, after a trip to the cleaners, they had stretched the lapel back to its original length and I can't recreate the shrinking at home.
post #26 of 104
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

On a related theme, I have never found an ideal solution to the public transport dilemma.  The London underground is overcrowded, dirty and can get very hot.  It is not kind to quality clothes (or, rather, it is not kind to clothes, but one cares about the quality ones!).  Commuting in suits puts a lot of wear on them and leads to more dry cleaning than is advisable.  I tried changing in the office, but it is difficult to keep enough there to maintain a good rotation.  Anyone in the same boat? 

I feel your pain. Public transportation in Tokyo has its quirks too.

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post #27 of 104
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Originally Posted by dirkweems View Post

Does anybody have a problem with their ties curling? Hermes ties are notorious for curling. Extremely frustrating. I tie my knots left handed and right handed to avoid the issue but it still happens. Tie Crafters claims to be able to fix them, but really can't.

Never seen Hermes' toes curl. I'll pay attention next time.
post #28 of 104
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Bringing three things to the re-weaver and two to Hallak. It never ends.
post #29 of 104
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Bringing three things to the re-weaver and two to Hallak. It never ends.

Could be worse: "Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches ..."

I don't think you'd want to go there.

If you can, think of this care for wardrobe as a sort of ritual moreso than an aggravation. smile.gif
post #30 of 104
I think I have paid more money resoling shoes in the last 10 months than most people spend on shoes in a lifetime. Maintenance is always an issue for me, too. Lugging things back and forth to Frank for little things. I have resorted recently to steam pressing my own stuff. I am pretty good at it actually, but Frank once in a while will tell me to take off my jacket when he sees me and he gives it a once over. It all is really very annoying. I wash and iron all of my shirts myself as well. It does suck up a lot of time, alas!
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