Anyone else get lazy about taking care of what they already have–you know those boots, cashmere sweaters etc. you really really wanted and then finally got? Those kind of have-forever pieces that only last as if you take care of them properly. I am definitely guilty.
This is a gentle reminder to put a little effort into loving your favorite things, especially those items that get stashed because you can no longer wear them, since they need either a thorough cleaning, a hole to be repaired or a zipper to be mended. If you’re going to buy fewer, better things and try to be more sustainable, it’s the only way. What have I done lately?
Wash Sweaters Last weekend I finally washed a favorite ivory wool fisherman knit sweater that had light stains at the hem and sleeve ends. Yes, I wash my wool and cashmere sweaters–most in the washing machine on the gentle cycle (if it’s a super fine cashmere I hand wash) with The Laundress Wool + Cashmere wash. If you’ve never done it before, watch their how-to videos. Note: blocking your sweater out, meaning laying it flat and smooth in its proper shape, post-wash is key. Then a good de-pilling, with this $4, old-style Dritz comb I buy at the local drug store (I have had the fancy electric de-pillers, they frankly suck, don’t waste your money.) It took two days for my sweater to dry, but now it looks almost brand new. I didn’t realize just how grungy it had gotten. I’m happily (!) wearing it as I write this.
Mend Sweaters and Suits If you have have holes in your sweaters or even wool suits, I swear by French American Reweaving on West 57th Street (super old school, no site). They can truly fix ANYTHING, and though the place looks like you might never get your pieces back due to the piles of stuff everywhere, they do a superb job. Cash only. Sadly not sure you can send your items there if you live out of town.
Repair shoes and bags I just got back a pair of The Row boots from Leather Spa, where they completely replaced a zipper that had come apart at the seam so I could no longer wear them. Wearing them! I dropped off my Gucci loafers for a new half resole as well. They aren’t cheap, but neither are Gucci loafers. Plus they can work on bags, though the secret repair place all luxury bag companies use for their repairs is Modern Leather Goods on West 32nd. Again, hole in the wall, with excellent results.
I hope this inspires you to give a little love to something lingering in your closet!