SUIT CARE 101 — 3 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR INVESTMENT LAST
Custom suit owners sometimes forget that our brand new investment is just that- an investment. A well-made suit can (and will) last a lifetime, if you take care of it properly. Bespoke suits are hand stitched and made out of luxurious, yet delicate, fabrics that need to be taken care of in order to stand the test of time.
So, we've round up three easy ways to dramatically increase the lifespan of your suit. Here they are:
#1: DRY CLEAN SPARINGLY
For anyone and everyone out there who believe dry cleaning is a good habit for your suit jacket, this is a PSA to let you know that it is most definitely not.
Dry cleaning involves high heat and chemicals that *GASP* wear down the fabric of your suit. The process itself is not a pretty picture- precious suit jackets tossed about from one harming process to the next- continued and overly frequent use of this practice will guarantee your suit to fall apart more quickly. A good rule of thumb for you: if it stinks, dry clean it. Or dry clean once a year (whether your suit stinks or not).
And for the love of all things dapper, skip the cheap dry cleaners. All the money you've saved by staving off the cleaners this year is worth the tiny extra you'll pay by going with a nicer dry cleaner. It'll save you time and money in the long run by ensuring proper care of your suit. Do yourself the favor.
#2: HANG YOUR JACKET BETWEEN USE
On thick, wooden hangers, thank you very much. Those wire hangers the dry cleaners send your suit home in? Those are NOT meant for every day use. Instead, hang your suit jacket on nice, thick hangers. Why? Sweat is a natural thing- which causes moisture build up in your suit, which will go unnoticed until it starts to wear down the fabric of your suit. When you utilize a wooden hanger, it helps suck up the moisture. Plus, your shoulder pads need major support to keep them looking sharp (the kind of support a wire hanger can't offer).
#3: TAKE OFF YOUR JACKET WHEN YOU SIT
Whether you're in the car, stuck in a long meeting, or simply sitting at your desk during the work day - take your suit jacket off. Any time you sit down with your jacket on, you will wrinkle your jacket and slightly stretch out your seams. Every once in awhile won't cause major damage, but not applying this good habit over time will deteriorate the condition of your suit.