Cashmere deluxe.

While it still can seem like a splurge, cashmere’s more affordable than ever. But it’s an investment worth protecting. Wait for deodorant to dry before putting on your sweater to prevent build up and stains. Wear cashmere sweaters no more more than once a week to avoid stretching. Retouch wrinkles with an iron on low, press inside out. And for years of pleasurable wear, dry clean your cashmere before storing (folded in tissue) to avoid moth damage.

Button, button.

Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Our staff will make repairs so you can keep wearing your favorites time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Let us know if you want to keep the original hem. And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on special cold-weather and dress-up garments – our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.

Season switch.

Before you store away your summer favorites, make sure everything’s clean and free of spills and stains. That little white wine spot or Ranch drip can oxidize over time, leaving a brown stain. Pack like-colored items together, and keep everything away from light and moisture. If you don’t have closet hanger space, fold everything (with white tissue paper) and pack loosely in suitcases or a cedar-lined trunk.

Vacation essentials, part 2

More packing tips for your getaway: Sunglassses offer more than panache, good ones protect your eyes from UVA and UVB burning rays. What would summer be without sandals? Trade up from flip-flops to dressier summer footwear that’s as suited for an upscale restaurant as it is at the beach. Fold in a summer-weight cotton or linen sweater for blustery boat rides, napping in a shady hammock or taking off the chill of hotel AC. Invest in an easy-breezy summer dress for on the plane, beach coverup or dressed up with heels and jewelry for a night out. When you get back, let us clean your vacation clothes – you’ll be ready to go again.

Vacation essentials.

Packing tips for your late-summer getaway: Start with a packable hat to avoid overexposure, you may look like you’re on safari, but you’ll be cooler and sunburn-free;  a one-piece swimsuit will suit activities from bodysurfing to snorkeling; waterproof shoes from rain boots to aquasox, depending on your destination. Be ready for almost anything with a white cotton or linen shirt for coolness from beachy coverup to dressier dinner. Pack a couple of lightweight scarves for dressup, cover up or warmth against evening breeze. Speaking of inclement weather, be prepared for the inevitable with a lightweight waterproof anorak or windbreaker Make the most of what’s left of your summer – pack light and smart.

It’s never too late to say “I do”

…and get that wedding gown properly cleaned packaged for storage. Whether it’s been 2 months or 20 years, our experts can clean, press and preserve your special gown. Professionally trained to provide appropriate care for rhinestones, beads and lace, our team provides expert care for even the most delicate dress. Before stains oxidize or spread, your treasured garment needs cleaning — before beads yellow, rhinestones dull, and champagne and cake frosting stains turn brown and dingy. Bring the veil, too. You’d hate to see what happens to makeup on lace over time.

Suited for success.

As business slowly gets back to “the before times”, don’t slack on your appearance.  Meeting face to face requires a different dressing strategy than Zoom. When you want to make a first-rate impression, nothing beats your best suit. Make sure the details are right: crisp shirt, snug tie, cuffs showing just about ¾ inch. Always brush for lint with a fabric brush or a sticky lint remover. Clean, shined shoes? Make sure your trousers have a proper hem — pants should rest on the top of the shoe with a small “break ” and should only be shorter if the pants have a cuff. Remember, professional alterations are almost always a good investment on any off-the rack suit.

Losing space to memories?

Are precious keepsake garments taking up valuable closet space? Christening gowns, ceremonial attire, letter jackets, afghans and wedding gowns all take up space and seldom come out of storage. Your keepsake items can be cleaned and preserved for future generations, and the boxing makes them easy to store on a shelf or in the attic. We not only clean and package wedding gowns, we also do prom dresses, dress uniforms and those precious baby outfits.

Winter coat bubbling over?

Is your favorite coat looking rippled? Modern outerwear is often constructed using adhesive to bond outside and inside layers, adding shape and form without bulk.  Time, wear and exposure to the elements can break down the adhesive, creating a bubbled, rippled appearance.  We see this effect most often at high-stress areas— shoulders, elbows, bust and waist — where you stretch and bend. Sadly, this condition can’t be repaired or prevented. Even a wrinkly coat is still warm — give it to a local charity.

The perfect fit (or hemming and hawing).

Jeans that fit like a dream are hard to find, especially after wearing pants without buttons during the pandemic.  So when you shop for new, focus on the body fit, and don’t worry about the length. Our alterations department can have you hemmed to the perfect length in no time.  If you want to retain the showroom look, ask for an original hem. Rather than cutting off the bottom and sewing a new hem, we can cleverly hide the extra fabric and move the original factory hem to a new shorter length.