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Where did you get your overcoat protection tools from?

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I realized that if I am going to buy a pimpin' overcoat, then I must also first have the tools in place to keep it pimpin' for a really long time.

I have read that moths love to eat cashmere thus I was thinking maybe to get an airtight container and lay the overcoat flat in there to keep all potential moths away?

I have also read that hanging the overcoat can cause stress on the shoulders since all of the weight is concentrated on and putting stress on that small area; thus it's better to hang those coats on a mannequin rather than a hanger.

Are these things what you guys do to protect your overcoats?

If so, where did you buy your airtight container and mannequin from? Links where I could buy such things at a good price would be very helpful to me.

If not, what do you do instead in order to avoid moths damage and hanging damage to your overcoat?
 

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Build a specialised room for your coats. Fuck cashmere; fur is pimpin'.
 

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A specialized room is way beyond my resources but I certainly would build one if I had the resources and knowhow to do so.

Yes fur is indeed pimpin' but unless you guys can post to me some links to really awesome deals on a fur overcoat then I can't afford one. I can barely even afford a wool and/or cashmere overcoat.


Which is why this thread is made to collect links to the the cheapest, yet still effective, quality overcoat protection tools.
 

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Get a vacuum storage bag, puch a hole in the top or/then stick a hanger through it, tape up around the hole to seal.
 

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For the mannequin, I believe there was a Youtube video showing how to create a body form from a t-shirt and a roll of duct tape.
 

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Originally Posted by stylemeup
I realized that if I am going to buy a pimpin' overcoat...

Are these things what you guys do to protect your overcoats?


The first rule of being a pimp is not to worry so much!



I mean, beyond ensuring you have an OK hanger (one with suitably broad shoulders rather than a narrow wire or plastic one), brushing the coat clean between uses and hanging it in a clean wardrobe, I wouldn't worry too much. Cedar blocks or mothballs should keep critters away.
 

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Best protection is to regularly use an exterminator or do it yourself. I don't think an airtight container is good at all. Garments need the air circulation.
 

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Cedar, lavender, vetiver all are reputed to keep teh moths away. Supposedly even moving or shaking an item will dislodge moth eggs, and putting an item in the freezer for a couple days will kill any larvae, although it won't prevent moths from laying eggs later. I've only used the freezer trick once, on some astrakhan pieces I was having made up.
 

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Buy a gun and stand outside your closet. No moth will get past an armed man.
 

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Originally Posted by Despos
Best protection is to regularly use an exterminator or do it yourself.

That is extremely un-cost effective though; I can't afford that.


Besides that seems very reactive rather than pro-active. Having to use an exterminator means I got moths on my coat in the first place, which is too late. I want them dead/away from my coat before an exterminator is needed.

For the hanging problem, I'd rather buy a mannequin to hang it on rather than make a ghetto one myself. I suck at making home-made ghetto versions of stuff. Do you guys know some good places where I can buy one from?
 

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Originally Posted by RJmanbearpig
Cedar, lavender, vetiver all are reputed to keep teh moths away. Supposedly even moving or shaking an item will dislodge moth eggs, and putting an item in the freezer for a couple days will kill any larvae, although it won't prevent moths from laying eggs later. I've only used the freezer trick once, on some astrakhan pieces I was having made up.

good source for astrakhan?
 

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Originally Posted by stylemeup
That is extremely un-cost effective though; I can't afford that.


Besides that seems very reactive rather than pro-active. Having to use an exterminator means I got moths on my coat in the first place, which is too late. I want them dead/away from my coat before an exterminator is needed.

For the hanging problem, I'd rather buy a mannequin to hang it on rather than make a ghetto one myself. I suck at making home-made ghetto versions of stuff. Do you guys know some good places where I can buy one from?


Your logic eludes me. Do the exterminating before you have bugs not when you realize you have a problem. Taking this step is the best defense and is being proactive.
I have done a bit of investigating and cedar, lavender, vetiver are no guarantee of protection for your clothes and actually do very little if anything at all. Using some sort of product to keep your storage area free of wool eating bugs is the most effective and practical solution. Much cheaper than loosing a garment or reweaving a few holes. You want to buy a mannequin (they are very expensive and hard to find) but bugs are not afraid of mannequins.
 

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Originally Posted by Despos
Your logic eludes me. Do the exterminating before you have bugs not when you realize you have a problem. Taking this step is the best defense and is being proactive.
I have done a bit of investigating and cedar, lavender, vetiver are no guarantee of protection for your clothes and actually do very little if anything at all. Using some sort of product to keep your storage area free of wool eating bugs is the most effective and practical solution. Much cheaper than loosing a garment or reweaving a few holes. You want to buy a mannequin (they are very expensive and hard to find) but bugs are not afraid of mannequins.



I was feeling your logic was eluding me. How can I call an exterminator before I have a problem and tell him to come exterminate some moths that I don't have yet? Maybe I'm ignorant about something regarding this?

What kind of products are you talking about, specifically, to keep the area free of wool eating bugs?

The mannequin was not to take care of the bugs problem, but rather to take care of the hanging problem. This thread is intending to solve 2 problems regarding overcoat protection:

1. Have my overcoat take zero bug damage.

2. Have my overcoat take zero hanging damage (this is the only reason why I want a mannequin).
 

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Exterminators come once a month to my store and I never have any type of bugs. Once you have them it is harder to get rid of them. Same as changing the oil in your car to prevent problems from occurring. Some simple maintenance is needed to prevent bad things from happening. If you are worried about having bugs eat your coat, do something to prevent the bugs from ever appearing. Let us know when you buy the coat.
 

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Originally Posted by stylemeup

2. Have my overcoat take zero hanging damage (this is the only reason why I want a mannequin).


Have you considered hiring a body double instead? He can wear the coat when you are not, which would hang it in 3D and also keep it in motion, thus scaring the bugs.

- B
 

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