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The other option is Shop For Shops. Got me a dozen wide-shouldered timber suit hangars for less than $40.
Keep an eye out for bow ties on Mr Porter. I got my black satin self-tie bow from them.
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edit: the bow tie was from Brooks Brothers (but off the Mr Porter webstore).
Edited by nabilmust - 8/18/13 at 6:01pm
In my experience, my cigar shell cordovan (brown colour) show rain spots while Color 8 (burgundy) boots don't show them. In any case, they're really easy to get rid of. Apply a small dab of Saphir Renovateur (or similar), over the offending area with a cloth and make sure it "soaks" in so the shoe has a dull finish, and then buff it out with a horsehair brush. The Renovateur speeds things up, but it's not necessary. Just brushing the shoes for longer will bring the glow back to cordovan.
Deer bone for cordovan. All day.
Generally smell is little alive bugs or micronisms or something bacterial, they are alive so killings them is the go. Freshman, breeze and sunshine works remarkably well. Sticking in a bag in freezer for 24 hours works, if you sweat a lot, change shirts a lot. Don't let dirty shirts sit and absorb stains and smells. Wash them quickly or soak until ready to wash.
There are treatments to address excessive sweating, some use botox.
I wash my shirts on cold on the 15 min cycle of the front-loader and hang immediately on wooden hangers, top button done-up, shirt eased out over a hanger and shaped - on the back of the laundry door on a rack just for my workshirts. With this regimen, I reckon I get an extra 18months out of my shirts - my TM lewin shirts (worn once a week) are 3 years old and have no sign of wear - just a nice soft run-in appearance. I do occasionally use a 30 degree wash rather than a cold wash. No real shrinkage either. I do notice that every 3 months or so I get a slight build-up of dirt on the inside, a sort of patina (he he) - so I just soak them in hot water laced with vinegar for a few hours and then napisan over night. My wife accidentally put a new shirt on a hot wash and the colour bled to other shirts - one shirt seemed to attract the bleed to the armpits - whilst the armpits were not visibly stained or dirty they must have had some sort of residue. This shirt is now reserved for inside jumpers!
When I needed a refresher this happy chappy nailed it for me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEjF-MzzqaE
Remember it shouldn't be perfect (that's how we know it's a real tie, not a year 12 formal tie!).
Also, maybe not for black tie, but I've bought several bow ties from these guys and I love their work - http://www.thecordialchurchman.com/
One neat trick (IMHO) is to practise on your thigh just above the knee, while you're seated. My arms got tired after the first few [hundred] attempts.
Let me get this straight. You have to ask your mother about laundry. That suggests to me she does your laundry. How old are you? Are you allowed to wear long pants or shoes that the with laces instead of Velcro?
Do you hang your shirts out in the breeze to dry. Or should I say does your mummy? Next you'll be telling us she's irons them too!!!!!
Are they cotton?
The last few posts have now got me thinking about putting my PJ shirts in a mesh bag (each 4 of them) and washing them with some delicate detergent in cold water...
Hmm I never use mesh bags, I just use no / low spin? Is that the same effect?
I guess that it depends on the machine, but back in the distant days before I started using laundry bags, I found that even on gentle cycle, the sleeves of my shirts still ended up being thoroughly tangled up with themselves and with other washing.
I've got a lot of shirts, so admittedly they don't get worn every week. However, I've got shirts that have been worn hundreds of times and that are lovely and soft and worn-in, but without any visible signs of wear. Based on a very small survey sample size of one (ie myself), laundry bags really do help with shirt longevity.
For what it's worth, I also put my shirts on hangers and put them outside to dry - I never, ever use a clothes dryer (in fact, I don't even have one any more).
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