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Expensive Suits -- Are you scared of the dry cleaners??

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by drew4392, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. drew4392

    drew4392 Active Member

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    For most of my professional life, I've worn $300-500 off-the-rack. No issue with taking them to the local dry cleaner. In the last year, I've started upgrading my wardrobe and spending a bit more money on my shirts and suits.

    Now, I am worried about the cleaning process.

    I am about to acquire my third bespoke suit, and at $2000 a pop, I am re-thinking the dry cleaners. Seeing them throw a bunch of suits in a big machine getting agitated and thrown around doesn't make me feel comfortable.

    So... is this the process.... the only process... and I just need to shut up and deal with it? Or, do you folks with $2000+++ suits use a different cleaning process?

    I would think there is a more gentle cleaning process out there that costs more money. Like a hand cleaning or alternative method.

    Any thoughts?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Send the bespoke to Rave Fabricare in Scottsdale once a year. Cleaning will cost $50 but they will return in perfect condition.
     
  3. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    If you are in the SF Bay Area, I have a dry cleaner that will be a little cheaper.
     
  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    To answer your question 'yes'.

    There are specialist cleaners out there if you really need to clean a suit, the job is finding them.
     
  5. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Honestly, it doesn't bother me too much, but I appreciate that I'm in a minority. I'm also lucky in having a cleaner that generally does a good job, even with weird stuff like 3-2 roll jackets.

    I don't dry clean very frequently, but every suit does need a clean occasionally. No point worrying about a necessary part of life. If you're really concerned, there are more specialist services out there as GBR suggests. But don't ask me to recommend; I just give mine to the local branch of Johnson's/Sketchley's. I am fairly specific about how to press things like the lapels (they say they hand-press, and it seems to be true as everything comes back OK).
     
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  6. drew4392

    drew4392 Active Member

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    Thanks for the recommendation in AZ.

    I'm in L.A., so the Bay Area is a bit far. But, it's good to know there are local specialty cleaners. I'll just have to look for them.

    Glad to hear there are alternatives.
     
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    An idea: Go to a very high end mens's shop, like Carroll & Co on N. Canon,
    Beverly Hills, or Nieman Marcus, etc. and ask them for a recommendation.
    I got my genius alterations tailor in my area by checking with the highest end mens shop-
    In this case Wilkes Bashford The Dry cleaner was his suggestion.
     

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