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Removing Stains from Your Suit, Shirt, Pants, Jeans, etc…

What can we say… no matter how careful you are, sometimes you can still spill wine and other staining material on your suit. If you know that you are systematically clumsy, cotton clothes and robust denim are materials that you should become friendly with. Of course, it is not always possible to stick to these materials and so the good news is that most stains can indeed be removed.

Before we begin talking in more detail, please keep in mind that your tuxedo and suit should always be professionally dry cleaned. If you’ve spent your hard earned money on a good suit that you want to last, please, don’t try anything but a reputable dry cleaning shop.

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Ok, now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about what happens when you stain your suit. Take for example, the day that you spill wine all over the sleeve of your suit. The first thing that you want to do is reach for the nearest Napkin/Cloth and try to soak up as much of the wine as possible and beat your sleeve to the task 🙂 Don’t use the cloth to rub in the stain but rather tap it against your sleeve and try to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Preferably, that day, head over to the dry cleaners and tell them exactly how the stain was formed so they can do their best to remove it. Remember, the longer a stain stays in your clothes, the harder it will be to get out.

If you stain your cotton shirt or your jeans, you can also head over to the washroom and use a damp cloth to try and wash out the stain before it settles in too comfortably. If you happen to be at home and have access to dish washing detergent (the type that is used to “hand-wash” dishes), you can use that to help pre-treat the stain before your clothes go through a full wash. Tide Pens are also useful to carry around.

Word of advise… if you have a silk tie and if you spill wine on it… don’t even bother with the dry cleaners 🙂 9 out of 10 times, once your tie is stained, it’s over… washing it or even dry cleaning it will distort and discolor it… sorry guys… if you need a new tie, make sure to check out our tie collection!

In all cases, it’s better to just be careful enough and put clumsiness aside 🙂 When this can’t be avoided, please follow our tips and you should be ok!

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Sean John – Light Grey Pinstripe – Two Piece Suit

Fashion Season
Spring 2009 | Limited Availability
Fabric
100% Superfine Wool
Color
Light Grey with White Pinstripe | Purple Lining
Cut
Regular Fit

Jacket
2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Pick Stitching Lapel (welt, flat pocket and lapel) | Flat Pocket | Inside Pocket Button Loop | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Flat Front Pants | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly 6 Inch waist difference (40″ Jacket comes with 34″ Pants)

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Sean John – Black Pinstripe 2 Piece Suit

Sean John - Black Pinstripe 2 Piece Suit

Fashion Season

Summer 2009 | Limited Availability

Fabric

100% Superfine Wool

Color

Black | Maroon Lining

Style

Black Pinstripe | 2-Button Jacket | Side Vents | Flat Front Pants

Cut

Regular Fit

Jacket

Black Pinstripe | 2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Pick Stitching Lapel (welt, flat pocket and lapel) | Flat Pocket | Inside Pocket Button Loop | 4 Button Cuff

Pants

Black Pinstripe | Flat Front Pants | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly | 6 Inch waist difference (i.e. Suits size 40 = 34 pant size)

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The World’s Most Expensive Men’s Suits

While this past week’s Sean John Dark Taupe Stripe Suit was truly stunning, SuitUpp was selling it for only $295. Even though the value of the suit was above $600, it didn’t even begin to challenge some of the truly expensive suits out there. So the question is, how expensive can a suit really get and how are those prices justified? In this post, we’ll guide you through a world of extravegance and high fashion.

If you’ve ever shopped in and around Madison Avenue in New York, you may have stopped over at Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. Going straight to the most expensive product that they have, prices typically hover in the $2,000-$2,500 range. To get a made-to-measure suit, they may charge you up to an additional $1,000. Why not though? If you’re going for the best, it does have to fit perfectly. Is that all though? $3,500? You guessed it, the answer is a big No.

What you have to consider is that what you’ll likely purchase at your traditional NYC store is a made to measure suit and not a bespoke suit. Bespoke is a term not used so much in North America. It essentially means an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification. Made-to-measure typically means that the pattern is already there and the suit is simply being fitted to the buyer, whereas, a bespoke suit doesn’t come with a prior pattern. The term bespoke is analogous to the more familiar haute couture term in women’s fashion. The famous New York Designer Craig Robinson defines the difference between the two as “tradition and personality versus conformity and convention.” The Savile Row Bespoke Association in London is responsible for defining the standards for bespoke clothing and protecting its name for the large part. Savile Row is a street in London famous for its bespoke tailoring.

In the bespoke category, you’ll have to visit the likes of  William Fioravanti, Milan’s Caraceni, Kiton, Oxxford, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Savile Row’s H. Huntsman and Anderson & Sheppard. So, how expensive can these suits get? The most expensive one we were able to find was a Kiton suit that ranged from $6,000 all the way up to $30,000. At the high end, you’d get the pleasure of having Kiton’s master Taylor fly over to take your measurements. Wow.

So what makes a suit so expensive in the first place? Service, brandname, workmanship, and most importantly Fabric. If your suit is made of Super 220 Merino Wool, it might cost the taylor $5,000 dollars to purchase the fabric. So there you have it, fabric matters.

If you are looking for more information on some of the world’s most expensive suits, check out the following sites:

http://most-expensive.net/mens-suit-retail

http://www.forbes.com/2004/11/03/cx_ns_1103feat.html

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Sean John Brown with Blue Pinstripe 2 Piece Suit

Sean John Brown with Blue Pinstripe 2 Piece Suit

Fashion Season
Spring 2009 | Limited Availability
Fabric
100% Superfine Wool
Color
Brown with Blue Pinstripe | Brown Lining
Style
Brown Pinstripe | 2-Button Jacket | Side Vents | Flat Front Pants
Cut
Regular Fit
Jacket
2-Button Notch Lapel | Side Vents | Pick Stitching Lapel | 4 Button Cuff
Pants
Flat Front Pants | Side Seam Pockets | Unfinished Hem | Zip Fly (40″ Jacket comes with 34″ Pants)

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Suit Confidence

I recently had the pleasure of lending a beautiful Sean John suit to a friend. He had a wedding to attend, and believe it or not, didn’t own a suit. Now at the time, I was thinking what you’re thinking: “Who doesn’t own a suit!?!” Anyway, once I got over my initial shock, I offered him my black pinstriped Sean John suit that I’d got from SuitUpp in July. Luckily the two of us are nearly identical in size.

So after the wedding, this friend of mine met me at our frequent haunt. I couldn’t helped but laugh when he confessed to me that he thought the suit had magical powers.

“I don’t understand!” he said, “This SUIT! I think it has magical powers! The whole night, girls were hitting on me and guys were buying me drinks! It MUST be magical.” So, after stringing him along for a while, I explained to him that the suit wasn’t actually magical, but the phenomenon it inspired was. I was talking, of course, about Suit Confidence.

Suit Confidence is that empowered feeling that you get when you put a suit on. The difference that a suit makes is incredible really. Wearing a suit puts you in the “zone”… makes you feel better looking, taller, more charming, wealthier. And when you FEEL that you CONVEY it to the people around you. Think about the difference in the way people interact with you when you’re suited up, compared to when you’re dressed down. Do you think that difference has anything to do with your actual personality? It doesn’t. People are friendlier, more polite, and more accomodating because YOU are conveying a sense of importance.

So next time you’re having an off day, put on the suit you just bought from SuitUpp and talk to the first person you see.

-Justin Pinstripe Samlal

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