My opinion: 1) Longevity is unrelated to whether a garment is made bespoke, MTM, or RTW. 2) Do not clean wool garments if you can avoid it 3) The only garment of my father's that ever wore out of which I am aware, is a cashmere coat that I happily wear. Wearing out to my father was getting shiny at the lapels, but I think it is fine. 4) If a garment is made from wool and you do not clean it and you are rotating it, it should last forever (meaning your tastes will change before you have to dispose of it, or you will die) assuming you have a desk job. 5) I discussed my views with Centofanti, and assuming no super-modern or luxurious fabrics (nothing above 120's and nothing but lambswool), he agrees. According to Centofanti, cashmere finish should not reduce the longevity of a garment either, which is why I am such a fan of these fabrics. 6) The above discussion presupposes that you do not have a moth problem, you hang your clothes after wearing them, and you have a sufficiently large wardrobe you can avoid wearing any garment more than once/week in its season. Rules promulgated for shirts appear to be wildly off, based on posts here (I do not have so much experience with shirts and my father never wears particularly nice shirts, so I never notice how long he keeps them). After initial trepidation, I think my shirts will last a long time. But the more delicate (and inexpensive) shirts I had made locally by that small bespoke shirtmaker, look allready like they will have a measurable lifespan. So this is also contingent on fabric.
post #16 of 21
10/31/04 at 8:50am