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Suit care. Do you care?

Buying a good suit is an important investment you should make sure it is well taken care of once you start making use of it.
In fact, do you know that with a good care, your suit will last longer?

A nicely tailored suit is just like a beautiful woman, it deserves and needs daily attention. So let’s go over a few tips you can uto make sure it lives long and looks good every time you wear it.

1. Use a brush with natural bristles after each wear to remove all the dirt avoiding that it settles into the fabric.  It’ll take no more than 45 seconds.

brush

Always brush your suit after use

2. Hang your suit on a quality suit hanger. Even when you take the jacket off at work, you should hang it to make sure it stays in shape.

Suit on a hanger

Put your suit on a hanger when you take it off

3. Do not use iron on it. The ideal way to distress suit’s fabrics is by using a steamer. The steam will “relax” the fibers of the wool and bring it back to its original shape. You should do this after every use. Be light (move quickly with the hose) with the steam on the front of the suit to avoid the jackets starts to “bubble” where it has been fused (unless you’re wearing a full canvass suit of course).
If you don’t have a steamer, you can iron it but put a cloth in between iron and suit. As an alternative, you can hang it up in the bathroom, close the door and open hot water.

Use a steamer for your suit

Do not use an iron but rather steam your suit.

4. Do not use it every day. Use it once or twice a week at the most. Your suit needs a rest after each wearing. In fact when you leave it hung for about 24 hrs, the fabrics fibers have the opportunity to “breathe” and relax the wrinkles.

Have more than one suit in your wardrobe

Alternating suits will help your garments last longer

5. Always use dry cleaners and never home-laundry to clean your suit. However, don’t bring it to the cleaners more than once a month. The press they use might take a toll on your suit after a while.

Use a dry cleaner not your laundry to clean your suit

Use a dry cleaner not your laundry to clean your suit

In conclusion, it is pretty clear that good maintenance and rotating more than 2/3 suits a week will extend the life of your suit.

If you have any suggestions on how to let your suit live longer, please share it with us!

Made to Measure suits vs. off the rack suits

P1000375

 MTM (aka SU MISURA) Suit

Off the rack Suit

Pick the fabrics you’ve always fantasized. Thousands of top quality fabrics available, Italian and English.

Settle for fabrics someone else (the manufacturer) selected before going to mass production.
The suit is completely cut based on your body measurements. A paper pattern is created around your body. All your measurements are stored for future orders. No need to look for the right fit again. Made based on a standard cut that is supposed to fit everybody.Questions: Do we all look alike? How will it fit you? How many adjustments from a tailor will you need to make it fit just “ok”?
The suit is hand-made by seasoned professionals called “Tailors”.These professionals are often 3rd or 4th generations’ tailors. The suit is made by many occasional employees who work in chain productions and are, in 99% of the cases, not even tailors.
Endless customization of your suit. From the buttons, to the lapels, trousers style, lining, pockets, etc etc. Basically, you design it based on your style. No customizations.What you see is what you get. The suit has already been made so…nothing you can change to it.
You get personal style advice from the tailor/style-consultant to make sure the suit will reflect not only your style, but also your needs. You will probably meet a sales-person that will tell you anything in order to close the sale.
The result is a unique masterpiece that belongs only to you. One of thousands mass produced and sold worldwide.

 

Suit fabrics

Evaluating suit fabrics

Suit fabrics - Super 110's

Super 110’s

Evaluating suit fabrics is the most important step towards building your dream garment. I’m sure that you’ve come across fabrics grading labels that say: “Super 120’s or 130’s or 150’s or even Super 200’s”. But the question is: what does that “Super” number really tell you?

 

The number denotes the fineness of the individual fibers that make up the actual wool (only wool); similar to the thread count you see on bed linen. Typically, the higher numbers designate a thinner, silkier fabric, which is also rarer with a higher price tag.

The trade off for the luxurious feel is that these finer fibers also wear through quicker, so they’re not good as an everyday workhorse.

But be careful, especially with Chinese manufactured fabrics, the term is often abused to (unfairly) appeal more to the consumer. In fact, the market is overflown with suits & sport jackets that carry labels with high Super graded wool, that is in fact not even close to that number. As the matter of facts, it is often not even wool at all!

Super 150's?

Suit fabrics – Is it really Super 150’s?

Overall, when choosing fabrics for your next suit, pay attention to important details about it such as: weight, fineness, origin, etc.; you’ll be amazed by how much difference the right choice will make for you.

Contact an expert to learn more about which type of fabrics are best for your next suit or sport jacket.

Suit fabrics - Super 180's

Genuine Super 180’s – Our top of the line wool collection