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Recycle, Reuse and Repeat

Reconstructed clothing is the new big thing in green fashion trends. How can you get in on the new fad? Recycle your favorite clothes – turn those khakis into shorts or that bridesmaid gown into a great new cocktail dress. … Continue reading

Off the Rack

Even clothes from top designers don’t always fit right off the rack. When you find your next must-have for this season, buy the next size up and bring in to us. Our expert onsite alterations department will tailor your new … Continue reading

Watch for Wear

Don’t be caught off guard when your favorite shirt finally gives out. Check your cuffs and collar for signs of wear around the edges. Do you see a dark pigment at the corner of your collar? It’s the glue from the interfacing showing through. And last but not least, watch your elbows – when your shirt has finally seen enough, the thinning fabric at the elbows will tear.

The Perfect Fit

It’s sweater season – and like every year, there is always that one favorite that gets stretched out when you wear it – but don’t worry! Let us know when dropping it off – we can block and size your sweater back to the perfect fit. For those hard to size garments, we will take measurements and keep them on file for future cleanings!

Buying a stylish, but functional winter coat: Tips to remember

Shearling should be distinguished between “fake” and real. While both are warm, “real” shearling, with its lamb or “poodle” looking fur is both wind and water-resistant.

Cons of Real Shearling:

  • Can stain and soil easily — so it must be inspected after each wearing.
  • Ink stains can be difficult to remove
  • Must be cleaned each season by a specialist
  • Should be stored in a cool, breathable environment

Down is, ounce for ounce, the warmest and lightest material. It is also the most compressible—as well as one of the most durable.

Cons:

  • It’s more expensive than poly-fill
  • It loses insulating properties when wet
  • It’s labor intensive to clean, and very slow to dry
  • May contain allergens, because down is not entirely hypoallergenic.

Poly-fill and “puffer” coats are easy to care for, completely hypoallergenic, and offer a greater range of options for those on a budget.

Cons:

  • Can be bulky to wear and less compact than down
  • Heavier than down
  • Breaks down over time
  • May not drape as well as down

Wool and cashmere can be very warm, especially if lined. Both can be treated to be water-resistant—and provide a good barrier to cold and wind—but performance is specific to each coat. Cashmere is typically lighter and offers more mobility than “basic” wool.

Cons:

  • Wool can be heavy and bulky to wear and store
  • Can take on an odor when wet
  • May be a problem for sensitive or allergic people