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Cleaning Loro Piana Storm System raincoat in water


Feb 6, 2021
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Hello everyone,

Visiting Tbilisi (in Georgia) the other day, a raincoat hanged outside some second hand clothing store (not the trendy kind) caught my eyes. It happens to be a Loro Piana, with a missing button and a lot of charm. It's made from super 110s wool, has what appears to be a fine cashmere collar, and a 'storm system" treatment. I bought it for nothing.

I'd be very happy to wear it, were it cleaned properly. As usual, its label says it should be dry cleaned.

I'd never have thought of cleaning myself any of the fine pieces of clothes i've bought new when their labels say it's to be "dry clean(ed) only". The thing is that the place i'm currently staying at doesn't seem to host serious dry cleaning places.

The coat could also appear to be a bit unfashionable and old looking around here and might consequently not get the treatment I think it deserves in a random laundry store.

Hence my question: could that garment (ignoring the fact it was bought for nothing) be washed by hand/machine with careful handling? Or might the coat lose shape, SS treatment lost , etc...? The fact that gore-tex hiking jackets are machine-washable let me think that soap and water may not spoil the SS treatment..

I'm not used to buying second hand stuff, and tend to be a bit perfectionist when it comes to my clothes but I might not be able to wear this "new" coat for a while if i have to wait for proper dry cleaning. Any advise ?

And a bonus question : do you by chance know when that raincoat was produced ?

Thank you!


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Aug 29, 2013
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If the label says dry clean, I would not wash it yourself in soapy water. The coat is made of different materials and one risk is that there may be differential shrinking, which may result in puckering.

Phileas Fogg

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Feb 9, 2020
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That doesn’t look like a Loro Piana jacket. Rather, a jacket made with LP fabric.

Storm system is not a treatment. It’s actually a membrane integrated into the backside of the fabric; an invention of LP.

Washing it by hand may result in damaging it and I’d recommend dry cleaning.

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