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Denim, America’s favorite fabric.

When Gold Rush miners needed durable workwear, a pioneering merchant by the name of Levi Strauss used serge de Nîmes to create a riveted “waist overall” that changed fashion forever. Until the 1950’s the best denim in the world was made in the US, but  manufacturers bought new large looms, replaced indigo with synthetic dyes and began pre washing denim to provide more fabric at a lower price (and quality). Japanese companies bought the old looms and cornered the market for first quality premium denim, called selvage. Pre-50’s vintage jeans had clean edges, deep blue color and so do today’s high-end selvage denim garments.

Way beyond wire.

When only the finest will do, or when it’s time to splurge on your closet, check out HangerProject.com.  Its founder, Kirby Allison, sells solid maple $25 suit/jacket/overcoat hangers in four widths, three profiles, so the garment is supported evenly and rounded edges prevent snagging. These luxury wooden hangers have been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report and more. Kirby sells more than hangers—there’s Saphir shoe care products, handmade Italian umbrellas and shaving goods. And hangers for men, women, and accessories.

Appreciation day

Today we’re celebrating the dedication, ingenuity and friendliness of our front-line staff. These are the people who answer the phone, deliver your laundry, answer your questions and time after time greet you at the counter with a smile. We’re in the business of taking care of your garments, and without our caring staff we’d be nothing. Next time you deal with us, take a moment to notice friendliness, helpfulness and accuracy. If we can improve, be sure to let us know. If you’re delighted, let us know that too.  We’re committed to 100% satisfaction – in your cleaning and in our service.

Save the T.

Favorite T-shirt? To get the longest life from a special tee, wash it in cold water with similar colors on a gentle cycle. Lay it flat to dry as you would a sweater. Throwing a t-shirt into a hot dryer will cause fading, pilling and can make sleeves twist and stretch out of shape. If there’s beading or other bling on the shirt, turn it inside out and machine wash in a mesh laundry bag, then air-dry.

Men’s trends for 2014.

Double-breasted blazers, bright neon sneakers and bold floral prints are here for spring and beyond.  Looks include plaid and checked blazers over khaki and denim. Decorative prints range from over-scale traditional florals to tropical prints inspired by Hawaiian favorites, watercolor batiky-tie-die and classic designer camo.  And welcome back the classic favorite polka dot.  Man up and stow your gear in a leather bag, brief case style.  See Details magazine’s top trends from Europe at http://goo.gl/qSpc3Z