Care Tips

  • Who invented pants?

    Free-flowing robes and tunics are as ancient as civilization, but pants are only about 3 or 4 thousand years old and were created by nomadic horse-riding people for pretty obvious and practical reasons. Greeks thought pants-wearers were barbaric, that’s what … Continue reading →

  • Ancient Roman laundry.

    Clothing was an important indicator of wealth and social standing in ancient Roman culture, and fullonicas provided laundry services to clean their white woolen togas. The best cleanser for sweaty togas was ammonia, and the best source of ammonia was … Continue reading →

  • Closet clutter.

    Too often, keepsake garments take up valuable closet space and get crushed in the process. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military … Continue reading →

  • Starched or soft?

    Shirts and blouses can go both ways – let us know if you like a lot or a little starch for crispness. Or do you like a smooth softer feel instead? Our professionals launder and press shirts and blouses with … Continue reading →

  • Hitting the slopes?

    Get the most out of your winter sportswear. Check for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special … Continue reading →

  • The cuff story.

    Back in the 1890’s, King Edward VII popularized sewn-in “turn-ups” as an alternative to rolling up pant bottoms in rainy weather. Cuffs were a sign of elegant tailoring until WWII wartime clothing restrictions banned cuffs and flaps on pockets to save fabric. … Continue reading →

  • New Year’s resolutions.

    First, a long and healthy life. Second, peace to all. Followed by the usuals: eat better, smile more, lose weight, learn something new, share, drink more water, walk. To that we’ll add “Say Hello” to someone new every day. We … Continue reading →

  • Closed Christmas Day.

    We’re closed today to be with family, celebrating the holidays and preparing for a better new year. As Charles Shultz of Peanuts fame said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” We hope you’ve enjoyed your share of … Continue reading →

  • A simple holiday wish:

    Health and happiness to you and yours.  There’s never been a year like 2020, and we’ve learned a lot of lessons we hope we won’t be needing too much longer. Stay safe and stay optimistic.

  • Celebrate the solstice.

    Monday’s the longest night of the year — days start getting longer Tuesday morning! Pagans held off the demons of darkness with bonfires, a cheery warm way to welcome back the sun. While the nights may be cold and dark, … Continue reading →