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Thursday
Feb252016

rotate your kicks.

If you can help it, don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. In order to fully dry out your shoes after use, you should be rotating with at least one other pair. This will greatly increase the lifespan of your shoes. It's also an excellent excuse to buy another pair. 


This, should be something you do in addition to your normal shoe care routine (i.e. shoe trees, polish, etc).

 

- James

Wednesday
Apr152015

wardrobe care.

Once you’ve collated the perfect wardrobe, it’s essential to keep it looking as good as new. Hardy Amies asked the experts for their tips

 

David Hellqvist, menswear writer and stylist

Anyone can be good at shopping; buying sweaters and trousers isn’t that difficult. We all do it on a regular basis. What you have to remember, though, is that clothes, like puppies, are for life – at least the good-quality ones. It’s fair enough to get off on the chase, as I do – finding the seasonal highlight from your favourite designer can be a thrill, I know, and wearing them for the first time is a treat… but what about the day after? Where do you put it? How do you treat it? These are the questions that matter when it comes to garment care.

Granted, they’re not the sexiest words around. I, too, have been known to build a tower of worn T-shirts next to my bed, but that doesn’t make it right. Who are we to underestimate the sartorial value of a garment? What we wear has as much cultural import as art and music. Fashion, truly, is the fabric of history. Hence this call to arms: take care of your clothes, pay your respects to the wardrobe and honour the lineage of your favourite pieces…

So, how do you do that? What’s the procedure when caring for clothes? Well, there are a few key rules to remember: hang up as many tops as possible, but never cashmere knits, which should always be folded. Double up summer coats on hangers during winter to save space and buy rails with two ‘floors’ so you can have two racks of tops. Hang your ‘top tier’ stuff on the top rail – your best bits, the pieces you’re most likely to wear at the moment. This will change, of course – not so much due to seasonal fads, but more with your mood. I do the same with coats: I have a few on hooks by the door, the rest on a rail. Pieces come and go on rotation.

The washing of clothes is a boring necessity, but one that is topped only by the ironing of shirts. If possible, get a job that doesn’t require ironed shirts. I wear lots of shirts and work hard on trying to cut out the ironing process. The best way of doing that is this: having washed a shirt or tee, hold on to the shoulders and flap it to straighten out the garment. Repeated a few times and then hung up to dry, this will save you lots of ironing time. Please note, though – if it’s a proper dress shirt, it will likely still need to be shown some steam, in which case, it’s best just to get it dry-cleaned and ironed in one go, saving you the bother.

 

Keep your suits ship-shape

 

Joe Butler, apprentice cutter at Hardy Amies

In order to keep your work and eveningwear looking at its very best make sure to have your suits sponged and pressed rather than dry cleaned. You might assume it gives the best results but the dry cleaning chemicals actually strip the natural oils from the wool, damaging the garment.

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Don’t underestimate the power of a lint roller: It might just be a psychological thing, but a quick waft over one’s clothes between meetings/client lunches/evenings out will have you feeling your sharpest once again.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I store all my suits in garment bags, so they are protected and keep their shape. But I never store them in plastic, as this can damage the suit, and I make sure the garment bag is ventilated to stop the suit from getting musty.

 

Keep your shoes in peak condition

 

Tim Little, CEO of Grenson

There are two golden rules with shoes that will make them last a very long time if you adhere to them. First of all, don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days running. They need time to dry out after every wear, as leather is more vulnerable when wet. Secondly, always feed the leather uppers with good quality shoe cream, not just polish. Shoe cream feeds the leather and keeps it soft and supple whereas polish just protects it from the elements.

 

Josh Sims, fashion writer and author of Icons Of Men’s Style

There’s no great shine for your shoes than a military shine. Apply a mix of standard polish and water – and yes, it’s true, spit works even better – using a dry cloth. Work it into the leather’s grain with fingertip. Allow the wax to stand overnight. Then with a brush or, better still, a lambs-wool glove – the longer and harder, the shinier the result. If you can get a ‘parade gloss’ stick and melt that straight onto your shoes using a hot spoon, you really will get a mirror finish. But perhaps that effort is why you’re probably not in the army.

 

Other indispensible tips

 

Charlie Teasdale, fashion writer for Man About Town and Brummell

Over washing can be as bad as under washing: Your favourite shirt will lose its lustre if you stick it in the machine or take it to the dry cleaners too many times, so just wear it less.

 

Peter Howarth, editor of Times Luxx Report: Men’s Style

I make sure to clear out my closets fairly regularly to make sure my clothes are stored loosely so they can breathe. And I use chalk or something that absorbs moisture to make sure my closets stay dry.

 

- hardy amies

 

- james

Friday
Aug222014

leather milk.

To answer your question, yes, I'm aware that milk doesn't come from leather. 

Now let me ask you a question: how are you treating your leather products? Are you boots fading, scuffing, cracking, drying out, or looking dumpy? Milk those babies. (I'm really hoping by this point that you've caught on and figured out that leather milk is the name of a product, and that i don't want you to attempt to milk babies, or your leather goods.

Chamberlain's Leather Milk is designed to treat, repair, replenish, and extend the life of your leathers. this "light", water-based leather conditioner keeps your stuff looking good without weighing your leather down with heavy oils. I recommend using a leather conditioner to prevent cracking or drying out of your leather shoes.

Keep in mind, leather conditioners may darken the leather a little bit, so don't go too heavy on the application.

Stop by the Chamerlain's website and pick up a bottle. 18 bucks gets you 8 ounces of leathery, milky goodness and an applicator.

 

- james

Wednesday
Aug202014

treat your denim right.

At this point, it's no mystery that I'm somewhat of a quality denim enthusiast. Let's be honest; I love denim, and denim loves me. We have somewhat of an unspoken bond, but I choose to speak about it (I should find a new type of bond).

I generally recommend investing some extra monies into a nice pair of jeans, instead of just grabbing the first skinny jeans you find. Feel free to grab some of those as well, but you want at least one go-to pair that will last you years and years and years, or at least until you get too fat.

 

I also recommend learning how to properly care for your jeans: knowing when and how to wash them. Treating selvedge denim can be a little tricky, so companies like Mr. Black have set out to make your life a little easier with their Denim Wash and Denim Refresh.

Denim Wash

A highly concentrated unique enzyme free wash specifically formulated to clean denim. This gentle liquid offers an unsurpassed clean by breaking down and rinsing away dirt whilst maintaining denim.

Benefits:

  • Helps maintain colour intensity 
  • Minimises fading 
  • Reduces the risk of shrinking and stretching 
  • Keeps denim in premium condition 
  • Made from plant derived ingredients

 

Denim Refresh

An all in-one product designed to clean and refresh and prevent stains from setting in denim. Denim Refresh gets to the root of the problem by attacking oils, surface dirt and bacteria that causes odours in the first place. 

Benefits:

  • Antibacterial
  • Kills odours
  • Biodegradable solution
  • Prolongs the time between washes
  • Keeps denim in premium condition
  • Extends the life of denim
  • Leaves denim fresh
  • Made from plant derived ingredients

For a few extra monies, why not protect your investment and extend the life of your new favorite jeans?

Click here to check out the Mr. Black Website

 

- james

Thursday
Dec222011

ABC's of Men's Fashion #8.

Care of Clothes.

First and foremost, let your clothes rest and revive. Do not wear a suit or shoes two days running. Both cloth and leather need time to breathe. I am preaching economy, not extravagance - you must surely have two working suits in this day and age, so at least you can alternate. Own as many hangers and shoe trees as you have garments and shoes to put on them. They will save you money in the long run.

- James