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my visit to Napoli & Mina @ Napoli Su Misura

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by medtech_expat, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hand pressing I can understand, but washing? The commercial presses do ruin shirts. But the washers don't, not in my experience.
     
  2. bourbonbasted

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    I'm pretty sure my hatred of ironing has paid my dry cleaners' kids through college...
     
  3. patrickBOOTH

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    I spent more money on dry cleaning when I was in college than I have since I have been out. The extra time doing things myself saves the anxiety that would bloom when inspecting my just picked up garments.
     
  4. Eustace Tilley

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    Lucky – all the Manhattan cleaners charge 2.5-3.0x for hand-wash.
     
  5. dopey

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    My shirts are machine washed and then hung and pressed. The only shirts that seemed to take poorly to this we're the ones I got from Lachter, which I attribute to the Turkish cotton he suggested I try.
     
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  6. Concordia

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    There's a cleaner in Boston that will do an "in-house" service for shirts involving cold washing, and then hand ironing. For the most part, it does no harm.

    If I want to be sure about committing no harm and maybe even doing some good, I send to Rave Fabricare. But that's maybe once a year when I feel energetic, or when the collars are looking a little grubby.
     
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    I was given the same advice but due to laziness I tried the most delicate handwash program on my machine followed by hang drying the shirts, so far after 3-4 washes I haven't noticed any negative effect.
    I've used the same method on all my shirts throughout the years, bespoke, MTM as well as RTW without noticing any damage.
     
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  8. johanm

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    Do you guys actually have bad experiences with commercial laundry, or are you just not willing to take the risk? All my shirts get the standard wash/press treatment from the neighborhood laundry, and I've never had any problems. Most are 140/2 and 170/2 poplin, and some have been washed 30+ times.
     
  9. dopey

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    I used to send my shirts out. Sending out seemed a little rough on them, but not so terrible that I was willing to do them all myself.
     
  10. imatlas

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    I machine wash on delicate and use those mesh laundry bags, only because I worry (from past experience) that my buttons will chip from hitting the drum during the cycle.
     
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    I throw in some towels, which helps keep the arms from getting too tangled. Old Kabbaz trick.
     
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    Thanks for that tip, pB. That shit drives me nuts.
     
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  13. marcodalondra

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    Most fine shirting would be better off washed by hand, in any case should avoid commercial lounderers due to the thrust action and for similar reasons top loading washing machines are not ideal.

    So get yourself a Miele front loading washing machine, pre-threat by hand with a bar of Marsille soap on collar, underarms and cuffs edges, soak in a bucket overnight, then put in laundry nets, delicate cycle and reduce spinning option if applicable, then on hangers to dry and iron when still damp.
     
  14. sugarbutch

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    NGTFAT

    Ain't nobody got time for all that
     
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    If you have the time for all of that, but not the funds to have a personal laundress I suggest you get a fucking job.
     
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    This sort of luxury good does not sound very luxurious.
     
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  17. marcodalondra

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    Are you talking to me? No need to use F words...

    Many artisanal shirtmakers (with hand details) would tell you it is better to was by hand, also because rough processing fine shirting is difficult to take out of the fabric.

    The process I listed does not take to much time and have you heard of domestic helpers? £9-10 per hours , two consecutive day per week and they deal with your home cleaning and laundry/ironing, but still you want them to make it the way I explained.

    Where is the point in spending thousands of dollars on fine shirts to have cheap commercial laundry ruining them... It must be an American thing, as even in the UK, people that spend money on their clothing would have domestic helpers....
     
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  18. patrickBOOTH

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    Domestic helper? You mean, like a wife?
     
  19. Henry Carter

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    This is essentially what I do, except the ironing I usually do in the morning. People rarely launder shirts commercially in Australia. The time it takes me to take them there and then pick them up again is the same amount of time it takes to wash them, and the shirts are all the better for it.
     
  20. marcodalondra

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    In Italy we call them "Assistenti Domestiche", here in UK the service may be covered by domestic cleaning companies, but you need to specify the service needed. I am sure you can get them in USA. The odd day I may need to , I can do it myself or my wife can do it as we know what to do, and when we may change the person coming over, we re able to "train" them on how to handle those shirts, but there is no way I would send my bespoke shirts to a corner laundry at £1.50-2.50 per shirt to have them ruined.
     

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