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How to Take Care of Your Bespoke Suits

How to Take Care of Your Bespoke Suits
Mau Briones

Suits – whether a bespoke or not is a great investment that requires a certain amount of care. You’ve invested a lot of money on your custom-made suits, it is only proper to exert an effort to take good care of your bespoke suit and other garments to protect your wardrobe investment and to make it last.

Read on and learn tips to stop repeating the same mistakes you’ve been doing in caring for your suits.

Cleaning

  • There is no rule on how often you should clean your suits, basically cleaning your suits depend on how dirty it gets in the occasion you wear it.
  • The best way to clean your suits (if it’s not too dirty) is to simply air it out and do a spot cleaning using a damp cloth.
  • If your tailored suits have visible stains or odor that is difficult to get rid by spot cleaning, it is time to visit your dry cleaner but make sure that your dry cleaner is knowledgeable in handling custom-made suits and high-quality garments.
  • Cleaning your bespoke suits is not necessary if you only wear it once in a while unless there are visible stains. The trick in keeping your bespoke suits in its best shape is to not over clean the material.
  • REMEMBER: Dry-cleaning – whether organic or not is a chemical process. Using a dry cleaning liquid or other chemical used to clean garments can degrade the natural fibers of your suits if over cleaned.

If you don’t want to spend money, you can always clean your suits at home without dry cleaning. Here’s how:

  • Brush your bespoke suits regularly to get rid of dirt.
  • Always air out your suits using a wooden hanger to reduce odor build up and wrinkling.
  • Always use a cloth covering over your tailored suits to protect the fabric when storing.

No to Ironing

  • One of the best ways to free your bespoke suits and other garments from wrinkles is by the use of (garment) steamer.
  • Do not use an iron as it may burn the delicate fiber of your bespoke suits and cause a “shine” instead, use a garment steamer.
  • Steaming is a more delicate method of rejuvenating the delicate fiber of your suit that will help prolong its life.
  • Use only a garment steamer to deodorize and remove wrinkles on your suit but if your steamer doesn’t do its job, bring your suits to the cleaners and ask them to press it.
  • If you really need to iron your tailored suits, use a cloth barrier to protect the wool.

Hanging

  • Use only a wooden hanger with a wide spread contoured shape to preserve you suits’ shape and drape.
  • A proper wooden hanger should be wide enough to touch the edge of your bespoke suit.
  • Look for a hanger that is made of natural wood, it may help to absorb the moisture from your suit after a long day of wear.

Packing

  • Use a garment bag to pack your bespoke suit when traveling. Choose a garment bag that will protect your suit, easy to carry, and at the same time breathable to keep your tailored suit cool during transit.
  • When traveling without a garment bag, fold and pack your suit properly by turning the suit inside out, putting the shoulders together, and rolling it up making sure that the seams and lapels are lined up as you fold and do an easy loose roll from the bottom up.

Storing

  • Season change, so as your suit. Before you put your heavy wool suit for summer or seersucker for winter, make sure that you dry cleaned it first to avoid moths.
  • Also, try not to wear your suits every day to avoid deterioration. The natural fiber of your bespoke suit needs time to rest and recover. Your suit also deserves a break so make sure you have spare to rotate your suits throughout the week.

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