How to hand wash knitwear: Video

December 28th 2022

  The clothing care I’ve always been worst at is washing knitwear. But I have got better in recent years, in part as I’ve become more used to the process and it’s felt more reliable, more predictable. Over time...

How to hand wash knitwear: Video

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Oh no, I hadn't! That's great, just what I was after. Will check it out....

Alterations and care - KnitwearDecember 28th 2022

Bespoke basted alterations: Chittleborough &...

February 12th 2021

One of the biggest things that affects how great clothing ages, is the extent to which it can be altered and repaired. The best things for repairs are often casual clothes, like jeans, where visible repairs can even be seen to add to their character...

Bespoke basted alterations: Chittleborough &...

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No worries, always happy to. They come through to me in the same way as new ones, and it's great that the whole body of knowledge on here is always useful...

Alterations and careFebruary 12th 2021

Video: How to deal with stains on tailoring

November 16th 2020

This video, the latest in our series on how to care for your tailoring at home, looks at stains. Cutter Ben Clarke, from Richard James in London, suggested this as a topic a while ago, but I wasn't sure. I thought we'd want to talk to a dry cleaner ...

Video: How to deal with stains on tailoring

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Nothing really Robert. You don’t want to start trying to recolour it. Just reassure yourself that it looks more friendly and worn-in that way...

Alterations and care - VideoNovember 16th 2020

Video: How to hem trousers, like a Savile Row tailor

October 21st 2020

Fixing the hem on trousers is a fairly easy - and satisfying - thing to do at home. It also enables you, should you want to, to alter the length of trousers (though it's much easier without cuffs). In this video I talk to Ben Clarke, cutter at Richa...

Video: How to hem trousers, like a Savile Row tailor

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OK thanks Alex, will do. And yes you could....

Alterations and care - TrousersOctober 21st 2020

How to sew a button – like a Savile Row tailor

August 7th 2020

Dressing well is not just about buying clothes, but about looking after them well, and responsibly. Caring for things so that they last longer, and you need less. In the past we’ve covered quite a few aspects about caring for clothes, includi...

How to sew a button – like a Savile Row tailor

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Hi Ebi, I understand what you mean, but it shouldn't make any difference. As long as you're always sewing through the same single point in the cloth, and you're using all four holes of the button, the button will stay ce...

Alterations and care - VideoAugust 7th 2020

How to darn socks and knitwear

June 5th 2020

  On Permanent Style we often recommend to buy less, but buy better. Just as important, however, is to recycle well (finding a good home for things you don’t wear) and to look after clothes well. They are three sides of the same ap...

How to darn socks and knitwear

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I'm afraid I don't Kate, no. Have fun with the repairs though!...

Alterations and careJune 5th 2020

How I store my clothes

April 3rd 2020

Being at home more has given me time to write about something readers frequently ask about: how I store my clothes. The short answer is, with difficulty, particularly given how much I care about looking after them. Tailoring cannot be too cramped, l...

How I store my clothes

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Hello Simon, your articles are always very informative. Thanks to your articles, about storing cloth, I had a custom made closet for me....

Alterations and careApril 3rd 2020

How to deal with moths: Cleaning and smoke bombs

March 27th 2020

This is a personal article about the journey I’ve been on to counter clothes moths, and the regimen I’ve found that works. For anyone that would like a quick summary, it comprises: Fumigating at least once a year, using something like Pe...

How to deal with moths: Cleaning and smoke bombs

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If you don't have a problem (no holes, no moths) then I wouldn't worry about it too much, and especially not specialist storage containers. But if you do develop an issue, I'd recommend the spray/bombs here, and just sto...

Alterations and careMarch 27th 2020

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and s...

March 6th 2020

In the past week, perhaps as it has been particularly wet here, I’ve had three comments from readers on old posts about dealing with soaking-wet shoes. Those old posts were never very comprehensive, so here is something fuller - dealing with ...

Shoes in wet weather: How to deal with rain and s...

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Just comment on white vinegar. You say it’s hard to buy in the U.K. except online. This is not really true. It depends where in the U.K. In England, people traditionally prefer malt vinegar that is brown in colour. In ...

Alterations and care - ShoesMarch 6th 2020

Video: How much can you alter a suit?

December 9th 2019

One of the reasons a bespoke suit can last a long time is that it is easier to adjust, and the tailors that made it are better at doing so. It's easier to adjust because more cloth is left in the seams, and in more places, than anything made in a fa...

Video: How much can you alter a suit?

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Nice...

Alterations and care - VideoDecember 9th 2019

Video: How a bespoke suit can be repaired

August 9th 2019

How a suit lasts - and can be repaired over time - doesn't get much focus in bespoke. The craft, the history, the style: they're all talked about more, and understandably so. They're a good deal sexier. But it's a shame, because a benefit of the way...

Video: How a bespoke suit can be repaired

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I see, thanks Dario. No, it is cloth rubbing against itself that usually causes it to wear through. My comment above at the end is in regards to jeans. I'm saying that you can patch on the inside there, because you don't...

Alterations and care - VideoAugust 9th 2019

Dealing with losing and gaining weight

April 13th 2018

I've been on holiday for the past two weeks, swimming every day, and have noticeably lost weight. I'm tightening the side adjustors on my trousers where I didn't before. It reminds me how frequently readers ask about such fluctuations in weight, and...

Dealing with losing and gaining weight

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The point about tight bespoke suits resonated with me. I bought a (RTW) black tie outfit from Boggi, going for a slightly tight fit because, well, it looked better. When I at last wore it a few months later, it just slip...

Alterations and care - SuitsApril 13th 2018

Buttons online – Bernstein & Banleys

October 23rd 2017

It has always surprised me how many Italian tailors say they can’t source good, unpolished horn buttons. Particularly because, since its launch last year, even customers can buy them from UK distributor Bernstein & Banleys ( TheLiningC...

Buttons online – Bernstein & Banleys

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Thank you Eduardo, that's great...

Alterations and care - SuitsOctober 23rd 2017

Michael Norman dry cleaning (previously Press2Dress)

September 1st 2017

*Michael now has a basic website with contact details at www.mnbespoke.com* 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 a...

Michael Norman dry cleaning (previously Press2Dress)

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Yes, that can be a pain. I'm normally staying in self-catering accommodation, so I don't have that issue. Hotels are usually for shorter trips, where I can take all the shirts I need. But I wouldn't worry about giving so...

Alterations and care - SuitsSeptember 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 been an interesting process...

Video: How to press suit trousers

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I don't use a trouser press, I just use an iron. However, it would be nice to have a trouser press as it would be simpler. The turn-ups would be an issue on heavier cloths though. They would still need an iron...

Alterations and care - SuitsNovember 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 home. Customers would need a hig...

Video: How to press a jacket

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If you're in doubt, then yes that's the best route, and steaming is always safer....

Alterations and care - 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 of course, if you have boug...

Five tips on suit alterations

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Okay, thanks, Simon...

Alterations and care - 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 looking old and grimy and they wan...

Little things every day: How to maintain clothing

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Usually, yes. Only exceptions are usually wools, or sometimes heavy oxfords but then I also don't sweat much...

Alterations and careJuly 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 pressing for bespoke clothing. H...

A great suit cleaning option: Press2Dress

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Thanks Michael (& Simon). When I next need to dry clean some of my suits Ill send you a message. Cheers....

Alterations and care - 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 manner you wear your suits. When th...

Having a suit dry cleaned: Jeeves of Belgravia

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Yes, have a look on this post...

Alterations and care - 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 if you could do a p...

How to pack a suit jacket: Reader question

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I favour proper trousers, flannels or lightweight wools in the summer. Chinos at the most. And no, no plans for 2XL yet I'm afraid but it's good to know there's demand for it...

Alterations and care - JacketsSeptember 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 treatment with cream. But I don&rsq...

Seasonal sponge and press: Burford Valet

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Hi Tom, It sounds like you're on the right lines, but not hanging is going to be tricky in terms of creases at the other end. If boxes are your only option, go with that but try to make sure the suits aren't piled up - n...

Alterations and careJune 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 alterations you should have done. It ca...

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 care - 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 than they get rid of it, and then...

The search for a sponge and press

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Help! I am living in Paris and don't trust the dry cleaners here with my suits. Where do I find a good sponge and press service here? Thanks!...

Alterations and careDecember 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 the safe side. As with so many o...

A step further in suit alterations

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Thanks, Simon. I do feel rather swamped in it. I will get in touch with Buzz and see what can be done at this stage. Thanks again Jackson...

Alterations and care - SuitsAugust 31st 2009