Tips

The rarest wool on Earth.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

The rarest wool on Earth. Once the exclusive pleasure of Incan royalty, the silky wool from the Peruvian vicuña is the ultimate in luxury. Loro Piana is the major maker of vicuña garments, and a simple scarf is about $4,000. A jacket costs more than $20,000. The fabric is unbelievably light and soft, and those who can afford the best enjoy vicuña sweaters, robes, scarves and overcoats. Read more from the Wall Street Journal at http://goo.gl/MS7MvG. And rest assured, we’re ready to clean your vicuña, cashmere, lambswool or flannel.

Tweed isn’t just for English professors anymore.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

The classic woolen fabric is looking modern in slimmed-down menswear jacket and coats this winter. Rough Harris tweed is hand-woven, Donegal’s known by its thick slubs of woven-in colored yarns, and Herringbone is the most classic with its V-shaped parallel lines. Plush modern tweeds aren’t itchy or hot and look great with a classic white shirt and crisp blue jeans.

When Daylight Savings ends, winter’s right around the corner.

Categories: A Greener World.

Now’s the time to store away your warm weather clothes. It’s a good tradition and a great way to make closet space for the bulkier winter clothes. Just don’t add moth balls to your stored garments — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender. Moth balls contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, petroleum-based chemicals that can cause eye and skin irritation and definitely are not safe around children. Skip the moth balls but be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storing—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t perfectly clean.

Last minute Halloween ideas.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

Buy or borrow a white chef’s hat, tie an apron on and fill the pockets with kitchen tools like a ladle, spatula and wooden spoons. Carry a steam iron and voila, you’re the Iron Chef. Wear your favorite pajamas, stick a thermometer in your mouth, hold an ice pack to your head: you’re Sick and Tired. See more cute and quick costume ideas in this month’s Real Simple magazine. Or check out Glam.com video at http://youtu.be/SZtCSix9I4g for some with-it fashionable ideas.

Boo!

Categories: Care Tips.

Halloween’s not so scary. You’d be surprised how many costumes we clean every year. Before you jump into that skeleton suit or Godzilla’s bridal gown from last year, let us make sure it’s clean and fresh. Need ideas? Here’s a fun Pinterest page with everything from black Jell-O shots to puppy costumes. NBhttp://goo.gl/4eiHW6

Having fits?

Categories: Care Tips.

If you lost (or gained) a little around the middle during the summer, time to check the fit on your winter wear. Pick up a new pair of Spanx, sweatpants or expandable “comfort” waist trousers. Our alterations department can do wonders up a size or down a couple.

Layer, layer, layer.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

It’s not only the look for winter; it’s an easy way to get a fresh look from clothes you already own. Must have #1: skinny jeans in black or dark blue. #2 is a baby-soft cashmere sweater. The complete list, according to Glamour Fashion, is at http://goo.gl/EXA0uV

Collars and cuffs.

Categories: Care Tips.

Time to take your business wear out of the closet for a bright-light inspection for signs of wear on collars, cuffs and pockets. Take a good look at the elbows, too.  Shirts, sweaters and jackets take a beating at the elbow, even if you’re not a professional arm wrestler. Mark trouble spots with masking tape and bring everything to us — we can patch, mend and reinforce, remove stubborn stains and get your business clothes ready to make an even better impression.