Ask the Tailor: How Can I Prolong the Life of My Tailoring?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’ve got some tips on how to prolong the life of your bespoke tailoring.

There are two key reasons why you’ll want to ensure your high end tailoring lasts as long as possible:

  1. Because it’s likely you love your one of a kind clothing and want to be able to keep wearing it for many years to come.
  2. Because bespoke tailoring can represent a significant investment and you’ll want to ensure you get plenty of value from your garments in return for that investment.

How you take care of your clothing will have a big impact on how well it lasts. Taking care of your tailoring and following some simple guidelines can help to ensure garments last for years to come. 

Hang it as it deserves to be hung

Quality tailoring deserves to be stored properly! Use well-padded hangers and garment covers to ensure your clothing is being stored safely. We’d also recommend not over-filling your wardrobe to ensure your tailoring has plenty of breathing space. 

Keep dry cleaning to an absolute minimum

Dry cleaning your tailoring can give it a full refresh and lift any stubborn stains. However: that doesn’t mean dry cleaning is good for it! Dry cleaning can actually damage garments if it’s done too regularly. Avoid this by only taking your tailoring to the dry cleaners if it really needs it. 

Use a clothes brush

Instead of dry cleaning your tailoring, we recommend giving it a regular brush down with a quality clothes brush. This can help to avoid odours, lift lighter marks and stains, and keep the fabric looking great.


Steaming your tailoring is another effective way to freshen it up without causing additional wear-and-tear. For best results, choose a good quality dedicated suit steamer. A regular steam can help to get rid of odours and stains. It also means you won’t have to iron your suit - which isn’t good for it. 

Next month we’ll be asking our tailors to explain how much a made to measure suit can be adjusted. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it.