care guide tailoring

Tailoring Care Guide 

We care about our suits. With 120 years of heritage in tailoring, we know a well-cared-for suit can be with you for years. Use the advice in this guide to ensure your Tiger of Sweden suit remains well-kept and perfectly polished.  

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When your suit is new

Upon bringing your new suit home, first, remove the stitches on the back vents. They keep the vents in place when the suit travels from the store to your home and are no longer needed. You should also remove the label on the left sleeve, as it is the fabric and fit of your suit that showcases its quality, not the label. Finally, remove the stitches inside the jacket, not the upper.

In the wardrobe

You can do many things to prolong the life of your suit while it’s not being worn, but storage is the most important.

It would be best if you stored your suit in a wardrobe without sunlight, as direct light can cause the colour of the fabric to fade. Once finely tailored fabrics have faded, the damage cannot be reversed.

The blazer should be hung on a hanger that fits and fully supports the shoulders. The wrong type of hanger can cause the shoulder line to drop irreparably and make the overall shape irregular. Let your suits hang with space between so air can circulate in the wardrobe. Suits hung too tight may result in misshapen lapels and hard creases.

We also recommend using cedar hangers and wardrobe accessories. Aside from cedar’s pleasant scent, it deters moths and other vermin. Lavender bags have similar positive benefits.

Wearing your suit

Though it is helpful to fill your suit pockets with keys, phone, wallet and other heavy, sharp, or greasy items, doing so should be avoided since it can damage the fabric and cause it to become misshapen. To reduce temptation, we recommend leaving the stitches in the lower pockets.

If you are wearing a suit for work, ensure there are appropriate hangers and hanging spaces in the office. Hanging a jacket on the back of a chair can cause the shoulder line to drop irreparably. The same thing can happen if you hang it on pegs. Never leave your blazer on the floor.

After use

The most accessible and helpful 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 hanging to remove hair, dust, and light dirt.

Your suit should also be given time to breathe. Wear it for one day and rest it for no less than two. After wearing, air the suit outside of the wardrobe overnight. 

Dry-clean as rarely as possible

Dry cleaning is an excellent option for removing hard stains from a suit. Still, harsh chemical processes will wear down finely tailored fabrics like wool, mohair, and silk by removing the natural oils that keep these fibres soft, lustrous and crease-resistant. Instead of frequent dry cleaning, use a clothing brush to remove light stains and marks.

Remove creases

Do not iron out creases; steam them carefully at a low temperature while the suit hangs. In addition to removing wrinkles, the steam also freshens up the suit, removing light odours in the process. Keep in mind that linen or linen-blend fabrics will crease, but this should be considered an elegant character of the material, not a flaw.

Buy an extra pair of trousers

Trousers wear down faster than a blazer because of everyday activities like sitting, standing up and walking throughout the day. As such, we advise those who know they will wear the suit often to buy an extra pair of trousers. Most of our suits are available with blazers and trousers sold separately.

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