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Wet shoes.

Downpour, puddle or snowstorm, soaking your good shoes is more than uncomfortable, it’s a good way to ruin your investment in quality footwear. First, stuff the shoes with crumpled up newspaper and slowly dry away from direct heat which can crack the leather. When they’re almost dry, replace the paper with cedar shoe trees to maintain the shape. Wipe away salt stains with a little vinegar and water on a sponge.

Beanie or tuque, there’s nothing warmer than a stocking cap.

Pull on a snug knitted cap to add some style to your bundled-up look. Knit or crocheted hats made of natural fibers should be hand-washed in cool water. Soak for twenty minutes in a mild detergent, agitate gently and never squeeze or wring. Rinse in cool water, lay flat and air dry to prevent shrinking. Better yet, bring your knit cap to the experts. We’ll clean and block your cap to like-new freshness.

Coco’s wisdom.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” That advice is just as true today as it was during Coco Chanel’s fashion career. Build your wardrobe on the best basics you can find, and trust us to keep them looking their (and your) best—from the simple black dress to a spotless white shirt or blouse.

Clean gloves.

When the weather turns cool, we reach for our warm gloves. How to keep them clean? For leather, gently massage saddle soap foam into the gloves to remove stains, then polish/dry with a microfiber cloth. Knit wool gloves can be gently hand-washed in the sink, be sure to dry the gloves in their original shape. We’re experts at drycleaning knit and dress gloves to perfection and we offer specialized cleaning for suede and leather gloves.

Resolutions.

First, Peace. Followed by the usuals: eat better, smile more, lose weight, learn something new, share, drink more water, walk. To that we’ll add “Say Hello” to someone new every day. We say hello a lot every day as part of our job. And the more we do it, the more we like it. Drop by soon and we’ll show you how good it feels to be greeted as a friend. We’re closed until Saturday, see you then.