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Quickest way to destroy your dinner jacket: Dry cleaners

guyver00

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Sooooooo, got my hands on a vintage dinner suit, full canvassed and everything, but it smells kind of musty. I decided to take it to a dry cleaning place that has a very good reputation in my town (Victoria BC)
I asked if the silk lapels are going to be ok, they said sure, no problem.

Fast forward to today. I went to pick up my suit, one of the lady said there was some damage. My heart just sank. Then I saw the grosgrain silk...destroyed
Not entirely, but only in areas with wear, like where the lapels fold from the outside into the inside; and on the inside, close to the bottom where it rubs against the pants. The owner explained to me that all the weft is ok, only the warp was destroyed, thus they all look like loose threads hanging across. (I don't have any photos now because the owner is going to see if there are tailors in town who can fix it, and it would probably be good to show you guys the photos.) He pointed out that only areas with high wear were affected, so it wasn't the dry cleaning process. The best way to repair it would be to take the jacket apart and re-do the lapels, but it'd be a very difficult job.

Obviously I was speechless, I have a perfectly good garment destroyed, and there really isn't anyone to blame (maybe me). I'm wondering if any of your iGent's out here had a similar issue with your vintage tux? Did you manage to fix it? Any tailors or service that would accept these sort of difficult work?

Sincerely,
Heartbroken Guyver00
 

BlackShoes

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I hope you got some sort of liability admission from them either before or after.
 

saiyar1

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Take it to the tailor of your choice and make them pay for the repairs. You asked them if the lapels would be ok and they said yes. Obviously it's all on them.
 

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