Tailor smoked my jacket!

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  1. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Are you sure it didn't smell when you bought it, since you bought it second hand. I can't imagine a tailor smoking while working.

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    You can't blame the tailor outrightly. It was probably the previous owner of the jacket who smoked in it. But I agree, have it steam cleaned.
     
  2. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Hang it in fresh air for a week

    Don't go to this peasant again - he clearly has no respect for his customer.

    Next time you visit a tailor, use your nose and if you smell smoke (most smokers smell like the shite they are), go somewhere else.

    You only have yourself to blame.
     
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    Hello Everyone. This is my first post here.

    I'm relatively new to the sartorial life having gradually improved my wardrobe over the last couple of years. I've learnt a lot reading blogs. Last week I decided to take a corduroy jacket I had bought second hand into a tailor to have the plastic buttons (a couple were missing) replaced with a full set of horn ones. Having researched the cost of a set of horn blazer buttons, I was pleasantly surprised at what I thought was a very reasonable fee.

    Today I collected the jacket and whilst pleased with the work done, my wife noticed the strong smell of it when we got home and asked me whether the jacket had smelled of smoke before I took it to the tailor? It never had, we don't smoke and I'd not worn it out anywhere.

    It is a small tailor's shop. As far as I know he works alone and I can only assume that he smokes while he works. This has been my first experience with a tailor and I'm not sure how to proceed?

    Shane


    Was this in Elmwood Park, NJ?
     
  4. pandionknight

    pandionknight New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. I've not seen any in my email. How do you subscribe to a thread?

    As non-smokers we would have noticed for sure if the jacket had smelled before. It did not. It has hung in his shop for a full week. Today has been a very cold breezy day and the jacket has been aired most of the day. This has made a vast improvement. I'll try steaming too and then I think it will be fine.

    This has made me reconsider taking an off the rack suit to him for adjustment. If I do this I'll mention the smoke issue to him and take it from there.
     
  5. pandionknight

    pandionknight New Member

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    +1
    You can't blame the tailor outrightly. It was probably the previous owner of the jacket who smoked in it. But I agree, have it steam cleaned.


    Yes it is a thrifted stone coloured jacket that definitely didn't smell. It's one of the checks I do when buying. I hate even passive smoking! It was bought some months ago and I have been waiting for the warmer months before wearing it out. IF...it had smelled already it would have made other jackets in my wardrobe smell too, it was that strong. Not the case here.

    As it stands, a good airing has removed most of the strong odour.

    Ps. I found the thread subscription.
     
  6. HEPennypacker

    HEPennypacker Senior member

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    Coincidentally, I just picked up two (new) jackets from my tailor...and they now smell of smoke. I will let them air out and possibly try steaming. Thanks for the thread!
     
  7. Matt S

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    I would not be happy. Cigarette smoke is partially consists of ash and tar, and I don't want that in my clothes. I make all attempts to stay away from rooms of smokers so I don't smell and my clothes don't smell. The smoke itself damages the clothes, and the necessary cleaning does even more. This is unacceptable.
     
  8. fcuknu

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    lol, do you not go outside? OH NO, the car fumes are ruining my clothes! Must stay inside.
     
  9. NORE

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    If you have a steamer steam your jacket. Steam removes most odors from wool.

    Truth?
     
  10. upnorth

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    This is unacceptable. I would demand they give you a slab of the bacon they were smoking in that improvised wardrobe/ smoker.
     
  11. Matt S

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    lol, do you not go outside? OH NO, the car fumes are ruining my clothes! Must stay inside.

    Do car fumes stick with your suit all day?
     
  12. tone76

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    Maybe it's a smoking jacket? [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe it's a smoking jacket? [​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] When I first saw the thread title, I presumed that the tailor destroyed your jacket because of shotty tailoring. I can't imagine a tailor smoking. What happens when a cig falls out of his/her mouth on to an article of clothing?
     
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    If the amendment was fine, I wouldn't freak out (provided he didn't intend to charge the scent as an extra feature).
     
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    Or possibly nicely ask him if he can air out any future work, hang your items in a back room, or something of that nature?.... While I do not like the smell of cigs (and most cigars), I would not have a huge problem with a tailor that smoked.... I would just let him know I did not like it and try to minimize the time I let the item sit in his smokey area.... as someone else said, you will smell like crap after a night at a club also.... would that stop you from going to one? of course YMMV.... good luck either way!
     

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