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Best non-iron items?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kasper, May 16, 2006.

  1. grimslade

    grimslade Well-Known Member

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    My brother swears by the Ted Baker Endurance suits, although I know I've heard (unfavorable) mutterings about Ted Baker around here. Has anyone any experience with the Endurance line as a travel-friendly suit option?
     
  2. Kasper

    Kasper Well-Known Member

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    My brother swears by the Ted Baker Endurance suits, although I know I've heard (unfavorable) mutterings about Ted Baker around here. Has anyone any experience with the Endurance line as a travel-friendly suit option?

    I am not familar with Ted Baker do you know where I can find them?
     
  3. pengesq

    pengesq Well-Known Member

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    I've purchased a lot of non-iron shirts recently because I'm tired of my dry cleaner ruining my fine dress shirts. I would rank the non iron in the following order:

    1. Nordstrom SmartCare - it truly is wrinkle free and feels the best
    2. Charles Tyrhwitt - because I can shorten sleeve length and get french cuffs
    3. Brooks Brothers - I can throw them into the dryer and presto! But they don't seem to breath as well as the Nordstrom of Tyrwhitt
    4. Lands End - great value at $40 but looks and feels a little plastic
    5. Paul Frederick - you can get these at $30 each. They do the job, but nothing special.
     
  4. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    kasper,

    I travel a lot, too. I would recomend a tri-fold garment bag, travel pro, tumi and briggs riley all make them. what I have is a bag that is small enough to get on a plane, half the bag is garment bag, and half is big enough for my shirts socks and underwear, as well as computer and toiletries. when I get where I am going, I steam the minimal wrinkles out in the shower.

    I would also recomend a little steamer - not the ones that look like a tea pot, but the ones that look like a little iron.
     
  5. AlexHoogeveen

    AlexHoogeveen Well-Known Member

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    A great way to avoid creases: wrap it in paper. I don't know the exacet name for it but it's very thin paper which you can see a bit thru and that wrinkles very fast. But it between stuff and the paper wrinkles/creases and your clothes do not (well... not that much)

    After i used the paper (and it's all wrinkled) i put in my shoes as a replacement for shoe trees. It helps [​IMG]

    Not really the sort of tip you wanted, but maybe it helps.
     
  6. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

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    A great way to avoid creases: wrap it in paper. I don't know the exacet name for it but it's very thin paper which you can see a bit thru and that wrinkles very fast. But it between stuff and the paper wrinkles/creases and your clothes do not (well... not that much)
    Plastic dry cleaning bags work well too. I put all of my shirts and jackets in dry cleaning bags inside a hanging (garment) bag and I never have wrinkle problems.
     
  7. grimslade

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    This is much-belated and possibly of no interest to anyone... But there are a bunch of Ted Baker Endurance suits at C21 at the moment for 300. Also a TBE tuxedo with the most beautiful lining I think I've ever seen. The tux has interesting grosgrain lapels and fashion-forward pant-leg seams. But... it's three-button notch-lapel... [​IMG]
     
  8. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    Hands down a steamer works wonders with none of the risks of an iron. Steamers freshen and removes minor stains.
     
  9. rgpuppy

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    Just checking up on reading old posts....

    Becareful what you expect when you buy "no iron" pants. Particularly dress pants.

    Most of us wear a crease in our dress pants...many of todays No Iron processes focus on fabric smoothness and NOT on crease retention. The AASTM actaully has 2 different tests... for crease retention and fabric smoothness.

    As most no iron or wrinkle resistant treatments are applied to Cotton pants finding true dress pants can be tough. Sounds like you have already found the JCP Stafford Ease product. If you are happy with them but want something a little nicer or that performs better I would reccomend looking at some pants like....Louis Raphel.

    I KNOW I KNOW most of these are Poly Rayon...and many of you would not be caught dead wearing them. Nor would I...but being a related business I am often buying and testing pants to see how they perform after packing, wearing and washing. These LR hold up well.

    Also if will hang you pants from the Cuffs, on a clip hanger (also called a skirt hanger) so that the waistband is closet to the ground wrinkles will fall out over night. Place the clips near the creases and it will help refine the crease as well.

    Hope that is helpful

    PS...if you can wear cotton pants as dress pants try the BB Chino or the LE Chino that is labeled as Wrinkle Free...both test out very well for machine washing.

    PSS>..last comment..do not try and wash any trousers with over approx 20% wool, regardless of what the label says...particularly in a hotel machine. The shinkage will make the pants unwearable and if they do not shrink the hand feel will be like sand paper.
     
  10. kitonbrioni

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    Is your work such that spot cleaning and steaming just can't get you through a trip? I've found that heavy starch from the laundry helps with extra wearing while on a trip.
     
  11. atomicmrg

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    Jos. A Bank has some good wool dress trousers that are branded as "traveler wool" and they retain a crease very nicely and also do not wrinkle. They are not the nicest things in the world, but when i travel or have to drive a long way to a meeting or something, they do the trick very nicely, and are available in all of your basic colors
     
  12. JR_Rider

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    I am almost amazed at how well JOS A Bank traveler shirts shed wrinkles. It is almost unbelievable. I have always said that I would rather iron shirts, but these shirts are nothing short of amazing. I have a Paul Fredrick wrinkle free that I hardly wear because I no longer consider it to be wrinkle free. Try the JOS A Bank traveler line, you will not be dissappointed.
     
  13. odoreater

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    I have a couple of Brooks Brothers non-iron shirts. I don't like to wear them that often because they just don't feel the same way that my regular shirts feel (even though they're 100% cotton), but I keep them around because sometimes I am so busy during a given week that I don't get around to ironing shirts for the next week (I hand iron all of my shirts - don't trust the cleaners). In these situations, the non-iron shirts are invaluable. Wouldn't wear them for every day wear though.
     
  14. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    Isn't best and no-iron an oxymoron?
     
  15. grimslade

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    Isn't best and no-iron an oxymoron?


    I guess it's semantics-week at SF. But I have a weakness for semantic arguments.

    No, it's not an oxymoron. Among all those shirts that are no-iron, which ones are the best? There may be better shirts, but some non-iron shirt has to be better than the other non-iron shirts, however inferior that shirt may in turn be to some other class of shirt.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Jovan

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    Jos A. Bank was rated the best producer of non-iron shirts stacked against Brooks Brothers and other companies in The Wall Street Journal. True, non-iron won't look or feel nearly as good as that 100% Egyptian cotton shirt that's a pain and a half to iron, but they're definitely useful.
     
  17. XFactor

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    Does this still hold true? I get very busy so havent got much time for ironing business. I have several shirts picked up from Mens Wearhouse that were Non-Iron / Slim Fit and work well without an Iron when removed from the dryer.
     

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