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Steamers are worth their weight in gold

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Recoil, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. Recoil

    Recoil Senior member

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    I highly recommend having a steamer. I have been using my steamer for the last 6 months with great results every time. I have a cheap little one from black and decker and its basically just a glorified electric kettle, (no control over the steam/pressure) and it works wonders on suit jackets and shirts that need a little touching up. Certainly not a replacement for an iron when it comes to shirts, but for general suit maintenance I highly recommend one.

    I'm sure they have been discussed at length here, but to any newbies this should be one of the first additions to your wardrobe.
     
  2. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was hoping you meant an LV steamer trunk.
     
  3. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^I was thinking the EXACT same thing.... I was hoping to see one custom striped and family crested...
     
  4. maxnharry

    maxnharry Senior member

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    What do you think the airlines would charge to check a steamer today?
     
  5. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What do you think the airlines would charge to check a steamer today?
    They'd probably give you a discount since their luggage handlers would have so much fun kicking the shit out of it on purpose. An LV steamer trunk that costs as much as good used car? That's like Xmas in July....
     
  6. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Plus TSA would probably rip the locks off and leave the trunk open.
     
  7. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Plus TSA would probably rip the locks off and leave the trunk open.

    One really wants to pull a Falling Down in such cases.
     
  8. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    One really wants to pull a Falling Down in such cases.
    Exactly... and they'd be quite justified, IMHO. Certainly there are some LV hard-sided suitcase travelers on commercial flights (I always see one or two amongst my Japanese co-passengers on return flights from Narita), but a full-on Steamer trunk is best fitted into the BBJ. Personally, I'd like a Goyard with some fancy-schmancy wildly-colored stripes and initialing.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    I've seen people use the vintage soft-sided suitcases, one time a complete set on an older couple. [​IMG]
     
  10. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

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    Here's a quiz: What are these threads about?

    Men's Clothing: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.

    Social Life, Food and Drink: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.

    Body Consciousness: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.

    Dumb Threads: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.
     
  11. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    E, All of the above
     
  12. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    To the OP - I agree, with a caveat. Some fabrics do NOT react well to steam. They shrivel up to a degree that is hard to restore by pressing. So use with care.
     
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    Any particular examples you noticed? This may be helpful for me in the future.
     
  14. InsBrokerTX

    InsBrokerTX Senior member

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    Op, I agree. I bought one of couple of weeks ago and it will pay for itself in no time by reducing my drycleaning bill and improving the longevity of my clothes.
     
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    nerdykarim Senior member

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    Here's a quiz: What are these threads about?

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  16. Recoil

    Recoil Senior member

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    To the OP - I agree, with a caveat. Some fabrics do NOT react well to steam. They shrivel up to a degree that is hard to restore by pressing. So use with care.
    I will keep this in mind. So far I have been lucky and nothing has been damaged. And no, no LV steamer here. I really need to change my name. LOL.
     
  17. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I really tend to use my steamer only when I get a new garment from W.W. Chan. For the rest, I just let the jacket or suit (on the rare occasions when I wear a suit) hang in my bathroom for a day so the steam from my shower can affect it.
     
  18. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Anne Hathaway.
     
  19. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Please please please do not steam a suit!

    Wool is a hair like the stuff on top of your head; when a suit has been finished, about an hour is spent pressing it, molding that hair into a shape, much like when a woman puts her hair in curlers. Pressing is an art form in itself which, when badly done, can destroy a suit. Likewise, steam in the hands of the inexperienced can ruin the careful shaping that the pressing has given it. Think of how women squeal about their hair when it is humid or rainy out; that's what steaming is going to do to your suit.

    I hesitate to even suggest you take your suit to the cleaners for a pressing as most of them will do a poor job as well; find a reputable tailor and ask him who does his pressing, as the chances are very good that he sends his work out to be done on specialized equipment. Failing that, find the best cleaners in town and have them give it a pressing. A good suit will recover between wearings, and little creases in the elbow, knee and back can be gently removed with an iron and a little steam (use a rolled up towel in the sleeve).

    Your suit will love you for it.
     
  20. lordofpi

    lordofpi Senior member

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    Here's a quiz: What are these threads about?

    Men's Clothing: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.

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    Body Consciousness: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.

    Dumb Threads: Steamers are worth their weight in gold.


    And we were still able to take it in a whole other direction with steamer trunks. Sometimes our tangents are good! [​IMG]
     

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