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Wedding season.

Today’s millennial brides are changing wedding fashions – look for ready-to-wear bridal gowns, dark floral prints and bridesmaids wearing navy (the most popular color in most of the US). The website WhoWhatWear reports a move to less-traditional bridal wear as brides shop for stylish and lowerer-priced alternatives to bridal gowns. And what are they choosing for the engagement ring? Antique and vintage engagement ring sales are up almost 200% for 2016. Whatever you choose for your wedding, count on our specialists to take care of every aspect of your wedding garments, before, during and after the wedding.

The world’s oldest dress.

The Daily Mail reports  radiocarbon dating has confirmed a garment found in an Egyptian tomb is over 5,000 years old, making it the oldest known woven garment. All that remains of garment tailored to fit an Egyptian elite is a V-neck pleated bodice and sleeves. The Tarkhan dress was found decades ago but it took researcher years to establish its age. We’re no strangers to vintage garments, but this certainly takes the prize for couture from the past.

Like-new colors.

Keep your bright new shirt or blouse looking new with this easy trick from Martha Stewart.  Add 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar to a gallon of cold water. Mix well and add your garment for a 15-minute soak. The vinegar helps set the color and prevents bleeding.  Follow the soak with laundering per the manufacturer’s instructions. Or let us clean and press it to preserve the brand-new look and feel.

Sustain our Earth.

The move to fabrics that can be sustainably grown and responsibly sourced is good news for conserving resources and encouraging wise agricultural practices. Growing cotton takes a lot of water, so blending it with other fibers can reduce its footprint. Hemp is up and coming as a linen-like durable fiber, once legal restrictions are eased. Bamboo is losing favor since it requires so many solvents for processing and cleaning. Recycled fibers made from fishing nets, upholstery waste and even pop bottles, are popular for sports and technical wear. The easiest way to celebrate Earth Day? Extend the life of your garments with regular, professional cleaning instead of buying new. And ask about our “green” cleaning alternatives.

Coco’s wisdom.

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” And who should know better than the queen of fashion, Coco Chanel. From the palest pastels to classic navy, your garments will maintain their color through repeated wear and cleaning. After all, when you find the color that works for you, no sense changing it.