Michael Norman dry cleaning (previously Press2Dress)

September 1st 2017

There are precious few dry cleaners out there that understand bespoke tailoring. They are likely to clean suits in bulk, with everything going into the vat together and no attention to delicate materials. The biggest i...

Michael Norman dry cleaning (previously Press2Dress)

There are precious few dry cleaners out there that understand bespoke tailoring. They are likely to clean suits in bulk, with everything going into the vat together and no attention to delicate materials. The biggest i...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringSeptember 1st 2017

Video: How to press suit trousers

November 20th 2015

This is the last instalment in our series on looking after suits at home. The first showed how to brush and generally maintain suits, and the second how to press a jacket. You can see them at those links. It’s b...

Video: How to press suit trousers

This is the last instalment in our series on looking after suits at home. The first showed how to brush and generally maintain suits, and the second how to press a jacket. You can see them at those links. It’s b...

Alterations and maintenance - How toNovember 20th 2015

Video: How to press a jacket

November 5th 2015

Our latest video on suit maintenance may be the most useful of the lot: How to press your a jacket at home. In the video, Richard is at pains to point out that a lot of the pressing process cannot be replicated at ho...

Video: How to press a jacket

Our latest video on suit maintenance may be the most useful of the lot: How to press your a jacket at home. In the video, Richard is at pains to point out that a lot of the pressing process cannot be replicated at ho...

Alterations and maintenance - JacketsNovember 5th 2015

Five tips on suit alterations

July 15th 2015

A few weeks ago a reader asked about tips on having a suit altered. As often happens, this came up in the comments to a post – some of the best information is in there! I always recommend having a suit altered o...

Five tips on suit alterations

A few weeks ago a reader asked about tips on having a suit altered. As often happens, this came up in the comments to a post – some of the best information is in there! I always recommend having a suit altered o...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsJuly 15th 2015

Little things every day: How to maintain clothing

July 6th 2015

When friends ask me about looking after their clothes, it always strikes me that their questions come too late. They’ve trodden down the heel cup of a shoe, and want to know if it can be repaired; a suit is look...

Little things every day: How to maintain clothing

When friends ask me about looking after their clothes, it always strikes me that their questions come too late. They’ve trodden down the heel cup of a shoe, and want to know if it can be repaired; a suit is look...

Alterations and maintenanceJuly 6th 2015

A great suit cleaning option: Press2Dress

December 2nd 2013

In the search for decent sponge-and-press services, I recently tried Press2Dress, a dry cleaner based in south London and run by Michael Norman. Michael is developing an online service that specialises in cleaning and pr...

A great suit cleaning option: Press2Dress

In the search for decent sponge-and-press services, I recently tried Press2Dress, a dry cleaner based in south London and run by Michael Norman. Michael is developing an online service that specialises in cleaning and pr...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsDecember 2nd 2013

Having a suit dry cleaned: Jeeves of Belgravia

June 24th 2013

Suits should not be dry-cleaned very often. For some I know on and around Savile Row, that means once every six months. For others, it means never. The exact amount, of course, depends also on how often and in what manne...

Having a suit dry cleaned: Jeeves of Belgravia

Suits should not be dry-cleaned very often. For some I know on and around Savile Row, that means once every six months. For others, it means never. The exact amount, of course, depends also on how often and in what manne...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsJune 24th 2013

How to pack a suit jacket: Reader question

September 27th 2012

Hi Simon, First of all let me say I’m a massive fan of your blog. In fact I’ve even cancelled my GQ subscription because of your blog. Doesn’t mean you should start charging us though! I was wondering i...

How to pack a suit jacket: Reader question

Hi Simon, First of all let me say I’m a massive fan of your blog. In fact I’ve even cancelled my GQ subscription because of your blog. Doesn’t mean you should start charging us though! I was wondering i...

Alterations and maintenance - How toSeptember 27th 2012

Seasonal sponge and press: Burford Valet

June 18th 2012

I’ve never been great at looking after my suits. Shoes, yes. Brush them down at the end of every day, before the shoe trees go in; give them a wipe in the morning; regularly polish and, slightly less often, a treat...

Seasonal sponge and press: Burford Valet

I’ve never been great at looking after my suits. Shoes, yes. Brush them down at the end of every day, before the shoe trees go in; give them a wipe in the morning; regularly polish and, slightly less often, a treat...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringJune 18th 2012

Altering the neck of a suit

January 17th 2011

This is an alteration to an old flannel suit, pinching in and raising the neck of the jacket slightly to correct a collar that currently stands a half inch away from my neck. This, of course, is one of the last alteratio...

Altering the neck of a suit

This is an alteration to an old flannel suit, pinching in and raising the neck of the jacket slightly to correct a collar that currently stands a half inch away from my neck. This, of course, is one of the last alteratio...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsJanuary 17th 2011

The search for a sponge and press

December 23rd 2009

Most men destroy their suits by having them dry-cleaned too often. That much is uncontroversial. A high-street dry cleaner will stick your suit in a large drum, soak it with chemicals that spread the dirt around more tha...

The search for a sponge and press

Most men destroy their suits by having them dry-cleaned too often. That much is uncontroversial. A high-street dry cleaner will stick your suit in a large drum, soak it with chemicals that spread the dirt around more tha...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringDecember 23rd 2009

A step further in suit alterations

August 31st 2009

One true hallmark of a bespoke suit is the size of its armholes. Most armholes in ready-to-wear suits (and made-to-measure patterns, to a certain extent) cater for men with larger arms and shoulders, in order to be on th...

A step further in suit alterations

One true hallmark of a bespoke suit is the size of its armholes. Most armholes in ready-to-wear suits (and made-to-measure patterns, to a certain extent) cater for men with larger arms and shoulders, in order to be on th...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsAugust 31st 2009

Tips from Jeeves

May 22nd 2009

As regular readers will know, the search for truly old-fashioned craftsmen is one of the purposes of this blog. And while I would never recommend or compare services I had not personally experienced (an area where some o...

Tips from Jeeves

As regular readers will know, the search for truly old-fashioned craftsmen is one of the purposes of this blog. And while I would never recommend or compare services I had not personally experienced (an area where some o...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringMay 22nd 2009

How to get a ready-to-wear suit altered

January 25th 2009

Fit is the most important thing about a suit. It can be cheap, it can be threadbare and it can be hideously patterned. But the man wearing it will always look better than his contemporary if it fits him well– and h...

How to get a ready-to-wear suit altered

Fit is the most important thing about a suit. It can be cheap, it can be threadbare and it can be hideously patterned. But the man wearing it will always look better than his contemporary if it fits him well– and h...

Alterations and maintenance - SuitsJanuary 25th 2009

Shorten your sleeves

August 14th 2008

I do not have short arms. In fact I’ve always thought them a little long if anything; average at the very least. Yet every suit I buy has arms that are an inch too long. Surely the rest of the male population with ...

Shorten your sleeves

I do not have short arms. In fact I’ve always thought them a little long if anything; average at the very least. Yet every suit I buy has arms that are an inch too long. Surely the rest of the male population with ...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringAugust 14th 2008

How to look after your suits

August 2nd 2008

Many people look after their suits badly. This may seem obvious. After all men hang their suits on pegs, leave them on the floor after a day’s wear and occasionally bundle them into bags. For the most expensive pie...

How to look after your suits

Many people look after their suits badly. This may seem obvious. After all men hang their suits on pegs, leave them on the floor after a day’s wear and occasionally bundle them into bags. For the most expensive pie...

Alterations and maintenance - How toAugust 2nd 2008

Change anything but the shoulders

January 1st 2008

There are so many things to say about how a suit fits. Here’s one, the simplest. Pretty much everything can be altered in a suit except the shoulders. Obviously the jacket cannot be lengthened; but the sleeves can...

Change anything but the shoulders

There are so many things to say about how a suit fits. Here’s one, the simplest. Pretty much everything can be altered in a suit except the shoulders. Obviously the jacket cannot be lengthened; but the sleeves can...

Alterations and maintenance - TailoringJanuary 1st 2008