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These businesses help extend the life of men clothing and footwear:
Brooks Brothers will reline a pair of dress trousers starting at $50; a suit jacket or sport coat begins at $200. Ties can be fixed for $10 and up. They will consider any denim from their collection for repair. Movements are 100 percent covered and will be repaired or replaced at no charge. A new lining is in the $100 range.
When Zach Moore opened the box, he almost didn recognize his shoes.
Bought at Larrimor his shoes had been sent to be recrafted at the Allen Edmonds factory in Wisconsin.
“I love these shoes, and I wear them three or four times a week for work in all kinds of weather,” says Moore, a Franklin Park resident who works in investments. “I am hard on my shoes. . Salt from the sidewalks and the streets had discolored the leather and the heel, and the soles were worn. When I took them out of the box, they looked brand new, and when I put them on, they fit like a glove.”
Retaining the value of an item of clothing can often be done with a bit of assistance. Companies such as Allen Edmonds, True Religion jeans and Tommy Bahama, as well as men stores such as Brooks Brothers, Larrimor and Joseph Orlando, Downtown, and Lapels A Fine Mens Clothier in Greensburg, can repair rips in a suit coat, fix a crack in a shoe or replace buttons.
“Men can have longevity with clothing and accessories,” says Kevin Miscik, owner of Lapels. “Take a suit, for instance. The jacket and pants can be taken in or out depending on if he loses or gains weight. Bruce Boyer of “True Style” (Basic Books, $26.99), a book about the history and principles of classic menswear set to be released Sept. 8.
Boyer of Bethlehem is a renowned expert on menswear and men fashion, and he has helped to curate several fashion exhibits at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Investing in quality fashion will be less expensive in the long run, he says.
“Consider the longevity of an item and take care of it,” Boyer says. “Keep your shoes polished and get your shoes repaired. I have some shoes that easily are 30 years old. Get your clothing cleaned and repaired by a quality tailor.”
Boyer says today men care about their clothes, and, thanks to the Internet, they are more informed on fashion, quality, cost and how and where to get something fixed.
Spending more on a suit is worth it, says Matthew Marden, fashion director for Details, a men luxury magazine. But whether a guy opts for something new versus putting money into something he already owns depends on the person and on cost.
“In most cases, more expensive translates to better fabrics and construction and tailoring resulting in a garment that will last longer,” Marden says. “If you not willing to spend money on the suit, invest your money in tailoring, which will make a huge difference.”
Marden applauds brands that offer a repair, replace or refurbish program. It the ultimate in customer service.
For retail stores, manufacturers and designers, customer service is critical.
“It about keeping customers for life,” Boyer says. “And many of these stores take care of their customers, who continue to come back.”
That is so important, says Tom Michael, co owner of Larrimor Downtown, with Lisa Slesinger. He says they strive to help customers keep clothing and accessories looking sharp such as taking care of the Allen Edmonds shoes for Moore.
“For Allen Edmonds, it a tradition that they can be worn for years,” says Larrimor Greg Gratton. “They don go out of style, and when they re craft them, they look almost new.”
But repairs don always come cheap.
If a guy has a treasure and he wants to find a way to repair, restore or preserve it, there is a cost associated with that, says Arthur Wayne, vice president of global public relations for Brooks Brothers.
“Something minor we will fix, like a button that falls off, no questions asked,” Wayne says. “But to reline a jacket or restore leather on a briefcase, that is different. The customer has to be realistic in his expectations. He might want to reline a jacket, but repairing a dress shirt that is frayed at the neck is probably not realistic.
“We evaluate each piece and give advice to the customer as to what might be needed. Some things are more easily done than others. . If you can get more years out of it, then we want you to be able to do that.”
Joseph Orlando Jr., president of Joseph Orlando, Downtown, suggests using his in store tailor for most items requiring repair.
“Each situation is different, so we invite customers to bring us the item and let us take a look at it and let them know what we think about it,” Orlando says. “We strive to stand behind the products we sell.”