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Give the gift of crisp, clean and professional.

That’s what you’re giving with a gift certificate from us. Your grateful recipient will enjoy expert dry cleaning and laundry with your compliments. We’ll create a certificate in any denomination, from stocking stuffer to magnificent. It’s a gift that’s always … Continue reading

Moths working overtime.

While we’ve been coping with lockdowns and work from home and other pandemic realities, hungry moths have been at work on our cashmere and wool garments. Moths thrive undisturbed, and our closets have provided an ideal breeding, and eating, environment. Moth damage is repairable, especially worthwhile if the garment is cherished or valuable, but can be expensive. Reweaving, an almost-lost art, can provide an almost invisible repair, but ask us for an estimate first. Decorative darning right over the hole(s) may be a more affordable solution, especially if you’re crafty. How to avoid the problem? Moths hate cedar — add blocks, strips or spray to your closet. Or use pheromone traps. Thoroughly clean garments before storing, and move clothes around regularly to shake out moths and moth larvae.

Stain removal rescue

Beware of D.I.Y stain remover tips – they often do more harm than good.  Remember three basics – 1. Never pick or scratch at the stain, it breaks the fabric and causes permanent damage. 2. Don’t rub anything into the stain – you are pushing the stain into the fabric, not taking it out. 3. Do not put anything on the stain, it can cause color loss.  Trust the experts.  Save your favorite garment and bring it to us immediately – and remember to tell us what you spilled. We’re trained to get stains out, professionally.

Ring in the New Year Looking Your Best

Are you getting prepared for a big 2022 New Year’s Eve Gala event? Don’t worry about wrinkles in your outfit- bring us your holiday wear and ask for our “press only” prices. And if your dinner jacket or tuxedo fits a little snugger than it did last time you wore it, our tailoring department can add a little breathing room around the middle. We will have you looking your best to ring in 2022!

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

Shearling can be fake or real. While both are warm, investment-category real shearling, with lamb- or poodle-looking fur, is wind and water-resistant.

Cons of real shearling:

  • Can stain and soil easily —  inspect after each wearing
  • 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 — and one of the most durable.

Cons:

  • It’s more expensive than poly-fill
  • It’s complicated to clean and very slow to dry
  • May trigger allergies: down is not entirely hypoallergenic.

Poly-fill and “puffer” coats are easy to care for, hypoallergenic and offer a wide range of options.

Cons:

  • Can be bulky to wear, won’t compact like down
  • Heavier than down
  • Breaks down over time

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