Garment Care Advice
Your Suit Needs Rest
Suits, particularly trousers and properly canvased jackets, need to rest each time they are worn. Ideally you should wear your suits in rotation with several other suits to prevent excessive and premature wear. Be nice to your suit and it’ll treat you well. To get the best value out of your suit we recommend an extra pair of trousers, which will help with your rotations and also prolong the life of each trouser.
Hanging Your Suit
Where possible, always attempt to hang your jacket on a hanger to retain the shoulder form. If there isn’t a hanger available using the loop we provide in the collar is the next best thing.
A good way to hang trousers is clipped from their base, undone at the waist, using the pressed line at the front as your guide. Equally, half-folded over the trouser rail of the hanger is acceptable, but be careful to match the pressed line (this is how we present your trousers to you).
Cars and Jackets
It’s can be difficult forming a new habit, but we recommend you always take your jacket off before getting in the car. Seat belts wear the jacket shoulder and lapel, and nobody wants to ruin that amazing jacket’s shape and structure because of a seat belt.
So Light, So Braddon Tailors
Braddon Tailors has developed softly silhouetted Acton Cut as our specialty, so we like to deal with many beautifully light-weight merino wools. We believe this cut, and these fabrics are ideal for the environmental conditions our clients most often encounter.
While these fabrics are relatively strong for their weight, some won’t have the lifespan of the more robust double weft cloths over about the 270gm/m mark. We don’t mind working with more robust fabrics, we have plenty available in our stores, and are able to adjust our patterns and shapes to suit your needs.
Speak to your designer about the fabrics and shapes most appropriate to your needs.
Keeping Your Suit Fresh
Making less visits to the dry cleaners will not only help to preserve your suit, but will also save you some cash. Having a light clean two to three times a year is enough for most suits if you’re using them in a good rotation. Often a simple pressing is enough to refresh the garment.
If your garment is soiled in only a small area ask a good dry cleaner for a spot clean only. For oily drops, apply talcum powder in a small mound onto the spot, then dust off after 12 hours.
When it does come time, however, to visit your dry cleaner ask them nicely to cover the horn and shell buttons in foil, so they don’t erode (this shows you how caustic the chemical process of dry cleaning really is, wool is certainly tough but not that tough).
Cold machine or hand-wash your shirts (at less than 30 degrees Celsius is best) and iron your shirts using lots of steam or when they are slightly damp. Please only dry clean or commercially launder shirts at your at own risk. The process is a little too harsh and the subsequent pressing is often aggressive.
It’s the same as with your car seatbelt. Hanging bag straps over your shoulder may displace the interlinings over time and can wear the shoulders and lapels. Do this at your own risk.
We use blind stitching in your trousers (and on the hem of an unlined jacket) to secure the hem. This type of stitch is designed to break so that the cloth itself isn’t damaged. Yes, that’s right, these stitches are designed to break if put under too much pressure. Never fear though, it’s easy for us to repair, so just drop them in and we’ll do it for you. A good trick to help avoid breaking these stitches though is to put your socks on before your trousers.
Like your fingers, buttons don’t like wardrobe doors closing on them. If you crack one just drop it back and we’ll fix on a new one. Similarly, sometimes buttons will fall off. We stitch our buttons with long strong stems, but occasionally one might unwind. Again, just drop it off and we will fix that for you.
After your initial appointment with a Braddon Tailors designer, first and second fittings will be organised once the garment is made. During these fittings the tailor will determine, with you, whether any adjustments need to be made. All adjustments that need to be made are conducted at no cost to the client. In the odd case a garment cannot be adjusted reasonably, Braddon Tailors will organise for the client to be re-fitted and the garment will be remade. There is no cost to the client undergoing this process.
Please refer to our Repairs and Adjustments page for further information and to our Returns and Refunds page for further information relating to garment care, our product disclaimer, refunds and returns.