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Looking for more information about purchasing, caring for and
protecting your fine garments and household textiles?
Here are a few of our favorite links:
This website is the home of clothing expert, author, speaker and
consultant, Steve Boorstein. He is the author of The
Ultimate Guide to Shopping and Caring for Clothing
(Boutique Books 2002), a must read book.
Be sure to sign up for the Clothing Doctor's informative email
Steve Brinkman, author of The Men's Clothing
Guide, a definitive guide to men's fashion and specialty
menswear stores across the nation, is the force behind this
Brinkman, who describes himself as "an average guy with an above
average interest in men's fashion", maintains a database of over
1,300 stores allowing you to find the closest retail outlets
featuring your favorite designers.
The Custom Tailors and Designers Association (CTDA) is an
organization of custom tailors, designers, custom clothiers and
direct sellers. The CTDA, founded in 1880, is the oldest trade
organization in the USA.
This website provides consumers with access to the finest
tailors in your area through a referral system.
The Smithsonian Institution's Center for Materials Research and
Education (SCMRE) performs research on how materials, including
textiles, change and deteriorate over time, formulates
recommendations for effective preservation strategies, and develops
and tests safe and effective conservation treatments.
The SCMRE provides excellent introductory information on
protecting family heirlooms, including garments and household
textiles, in the home.
Visit the "Research" section of the Smithsonian's website, click
on "Center For Materials Research and Education," click on "Taking
Care," click on "Guidelines," and then click on "Textiles."
For more in-depth information on cleaning and preserving your
ceremonial and sentimental textiles, click on the Museum
Quality Gowncare section of our website.
The Canadian Conservation Institue
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) provides excellent
advice on protecting family heirlooms, including garments and
household textiles, from the ravages of time and improper
Visit the "Preserving My Heritage" section of the CCI website,
click on "How To Care For," and then click on "Textiles."
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works (AIC) also provides excellent advice on protecting family
heirlooms, including garments and household textiles, from the
ravages of time and improper storage.
Visit the "Public Information" section of the AIC website, click
on "Caring For Your Treasures," and then click on "Caring For Your
This website is an excellent source of information about fabrics
and clothing care.
In particular, the website offers authoritative information on
the differences between drycleaning, wetcleaning, professional
laundering and home laundering. In addition, the website features
an excellent glossary of terms, covering every conceivable natural
and synthetic fiber.
This website is another excellent source of information about
fabrics and clothing care.
This website provides a forum for learning about the production,
characteristics, advantages and care of fabrics used in garments
and household textiles.
The internet is awash in websites offering tips on home laundry,
in general, and home stain removal, in particular.
One of the very best websites is operated by Ariel, a large
European manufacturer of laundry detergents and related
This website offers home laundry tips on
everything from understanding care labels to caring for whites and
colors. In particular, their Stain Wizard feature
provides instant answers to your home laundry
problems by prompting you to select the type of stain, the
fabric and the color of the garment.
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