We care about our suits and even more, we care about you. With a heritage of over 120 years of craftsmanship within tailoring, we know that a suit can be with you for many years if you take care of it properly. To ensure that your Tiger of Sweden suit remains elegant over time we have gathered our best advice in this guide.
When the suit is new
When your new suit arrives to your home, make sure to remove the stitches on the back vents. They are there to keep the vents in place when the suit travels from the store to your home. We also advise you to remove the label on the left sleeve. It is the fabric, fit and craftsmanship that should show you have bought a quality suit, not the label on the left arm. Make sure to remove the stitches from the inside of the jacket instead of the upper to not damage the fabric.
In the wardrobe
A lot of things can be done to prolong the life of your suit while you are not wearing it. The important thing is how you store the suit when not wearing it.
Store your suit in a wardrobe without sunlight - direct sunlight can cause the colour of the cloth to fade. If finely tailored fabrics get faded by the sun, there is, unfortunately, nothing you can do to about it.
The blazer should be hanged on a hanger that fits well into the shoulders to fully support them. If you do not use a proper hanger, it can cause the shoulder line to drop irreparably and the shape to be unbalanced.
Let your suits hang with space between the hangers so the air can circulate in the wardrobe, also if the suits hang too tight, the lapels can be miss-shaped, and hard creases can occur.
We recommend you use cedar wood hangers and other accessories inside the wardrobe to deter moths and other vermin. Another positive feature of cedar wood is its pleasant scent. Lavender bags have the same positive benefits and can also be placed in the wardrobe.
Wearing your suit
We understand that you want to have your keys, phone, and wallet close, but please avoid using the pockets in the suit jacket or trousers as it can damage the fabric and cause your suit to misshape. We recommend that you leave the stitches on in the lower pockets to be sure you do not put anything heavy, sharp or greasy there. Place your personal belongings in an elegant bag instead.
If you are wearing a suit for work, ensure there are appropriate hangers and hanging space in the office. Hanging a jacket on the back of a chair can cause the shoulder line to drop irreparably, the same can happen if you hang it on pegs. We do not think you would leave your tailored blazer on the floor, but if you ever think about it: please don’t.
The easiest and most useful routine to keep your suit clean and in good shape is to brush it off with a soft-bristled clothing brush after every use. Brush the suit firmly while it is hanging on a hanger to remove hair, dust and light dirt.
Just like a pair of leather shoes, tailored garments should be given time to breathe. A suit should be worn for one day and rested for no less than two. After wearing, air the suit outside of the wardrobe overnight.
Dry-clean as rarely as possible
Dry-cleaning is excellent if you get hard stains, but the use of harsh chemical products in the process wears down your suit. Wool, mohair, silk and other finely tailored fabrics are natural fibres, and harsh chemicals remove the natural oils that keep these fibres soft, lustrous and crease-resistant. We advise you to take your suit to the dry cleaner as rarely as possible. Use your clothing brush to remove light stains and marks.
If your suit gets creases, stay away from the iron. Steam it carefully on low temperature while the suit hangs on its proper hanger - it often does magic with the wrinkles. The steam also freshens up the suit and makes light odour go away. Keep in mind that linen or linen-blend fabrics will get creases when you use it: It should be seen as an elegant characteristic of the material and not a flaw.
Buy an extra pair of trousers
For natural reasons, a pair of trousers wears down faster than a blazer. You sit down and stand up many times during the day, not to talk about the number of steps you take. Therefore, we always advise customers who know that they will wear the suit often to buy an extra pair of trousers. Most of our suits are available with blazers and trousers separately.