Maintaining Your Bespoke Suit: Tips for Keeping It in Top Condition

At Maxwell’s Clothiers, we understand that a bespoke suit is not just a piece of clothing, it’s an investment in timeless style. And like any investment, it’s important to take care of it so that it can stand the test of time.  We’ve put together some easy tips to help you keep your bespoke suit in top condition.

1. Proper storage – Don’t let your suits hangout with the wrong crowd!

Choosing the right hanger is crucial to maintain the shape and condition of your bespoke jacket. A poorly chosen hanger can cause the shoulders to lose their shape and create unsightly bumps or dimples in the fabric. It can also cause the fabric to stretch or distort, resulting in a less flattering fit.

A padded hanger is the best option for a bespoke jacket as it provides support without damaging the fabric. The padding helps to maintain the shape of the shoulders and prevents the jacket from slipping off the hanger. It also helps to distribute the weight of the jacket evenly. In contrast, wire hangers should be avoided as they are too thin, and can cause the fabric to stretch out of shape. They also lack the necessary support to keep the shoulders in place.

2. Don’t let your jackets get down and dirty!

It is essential to keep your jacket clean by regularly brushing off any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the surface. Use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush in the direction of the fabric’s nap, taking care not to press too hard or damage the fabric. This will help to keep your jacket looking its best and prevent dirt from becoming embedded in the fibres.

You may also use a lint roller over the fabric to remove any particles that have accumulated on the surface.

Stains can be your jacket’s worst enemy, as they can be difficult to remove and can permanently damage the fabric if left untreated. Therefore, it’s important to address any stains as soon as possible before they have a chance to set in.

If you notice a stain on your jacket, the first step is to use a damp cloth to gently blot the affected area. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the fabric, as this can push the stain further into the fibres and make it even more difficult to remove. Instead, gently dab the stain with the cloth until it begins to lift. Laundry is your next option.

3.  Treat your bespoke jacket like a masterpiece

Dry cleaning is a common method used to maintain bespoke jackets. However, over-dry cleaning can be harsh on these fabrics and can cause them to lose their shape, colour, and overall appearance over time. Depending on the frequency of wear, jackets and suits only need to be dry cleaned a few times a year.

An alternative to dry cleaning is using a steamer. A steamer refreshes and cleans the fabric without the use of harsh chemicals. The steam can also help to remove odours and wrinkles.

4. Correct usage – Don’t be a one suit wonder

It’s important to alternate your jackets and suits to avoid wearing the same piece too often. Wearing the garment too frequently can cause it to lose its shape and wear out faster. By rotating your pieces, you can extend their lifespan and keep them looking their best.

Additionally, when traveling with your suit, give it the VIP treatment it deserves – it’s important to pack it correctly to avoid wrinkles and damage. Where possible, avoid folding your jacket. Ideally pack your suit in a garment bag and hang it up as soon as you reach your destination to allow any wrinkles to fall out naturally.

5. Don’t let your pockets weigh you down. Keep it light, keep it simple!

While it’s tempting to use the pockets in your bespoke jacket to store items such as phones or wallets, it’s important to be mindful of what you keep in them to avoid damaging the fabric or distorting the shape of your jacket.

Leaving bulky or heavy items in your pockets for extended periods can cause the fabric to sag or stretch, which can result in an unflattering fit and affecting the overall appearance of your jacket.

By following these tips, you can help ensure your bespoke jacket or suit continues to look and feel great, no matter how often you wear it.

More so, if you’re looking for expert advice on how to properly care for your bespoke clothing, or have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out – our team of experienced professionals at Maxwell’s Clothiers are dedicated to helping you make informed decisions and ensuring that you get the most out of your bespoke clothing. With years of experience in perfecting our craft, we take pride in providing top-notch service and assistance to our customers.

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you, and rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.