How to Care For a Custom Suit

Unlike off the rack suits, custom suits have little more personal value to their owners. Designed and fitted as one of a kind garments, custom suits can be a rather costly investment that can pay dividends for many years to come, barring that they are well cared for.

The proper care for suits is something most people take for granted. We know that if we drop them off at the cleaner they come back pressed and ready to go, but there is a little more to suit care than meets the eye. custom tuxedo nj

  • Do not dry clean unless there is a stain. Most people take their suits to the dry cleaners way too often. Dry cleaning is not dry, regardless of what their name implies. Dry cleaning is a mixture of very harsh chemicals that break down the natural fibers of the suit. the more you take it in the faster this process will go.
  • Do not wear your suit on consecutive days. Giving some time for your suit to “air out” will allow for the moisture that has been trapped in them to evaporate. This will let the wrinkles come out of them and get rid of most odors.
  • Hang the suit jacket on a padded or ergonomic hanger. Do not use the cheap plastic hangers you find at target to hang up your suit. Cheap hangers can warp the shoulder pads. Instead find hangers that are built with the same shape as a human shoulder. It is also best to opt for hangers that have roughly the same size as your own shoulders.
  • Brush your suit regularly with a  fabric brush. This will keep the suit looking clean and crisp. Regular brushing will also help keep the fibers of the wool from breaking, specially with finer wools like super 150’s and up.

While most custom suits and off-the-rack suits share the same care instructions, there are some differences. For the most part off-the peg models are throw away suits, meaning that once they get old its just time to throw them out. Custom suits on the other hand are made to be around for decades. Most reputable custom suit design houses will offer “service” programs for their suits. Just like you would take a fine automobile in for an oil change, a custom suit can be taken in for a quick tune up.  This is where a custom suit maker would check over all the seams, change the lining and sweat guards, reweave any holes etc. This way your custom suit will look like new again. Servicing your suits is a great way to extend the life of your investment.

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