Resource Library

Favorite Links

Looking for more information about purchasing, caring for and protecting your fine garments and household textiles?

Here are a few of our favorite links:

The Clothing Doctor

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 newsletter.

http://www.clothingdoctor.com

 

MensClothingGuide

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 website.

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.

 

ctda

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.

http://www.ctda.com

 

Smithsonian

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."

http://www.si.edu

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 storage.

Visit the "Preserving My Heritage" section of the CCI website, click on "How To Care For," and then click on "Textiles."

http://cci-icc.gc.ca

For more in-depth information on cleaning and preserving your ceremonial and sentimental textiles, click on the Museum Quality Gowncare section of our website.

 

AIC

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 Textiles."

http://aic.stanford.edu

For more in-depth information on cleaning and preserving your ceremonial and sentimental textiles, click on the Museum Quality Gowncare section of our website.

 

FabricsNet

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.

http://www.fabrics.net

 

FabricLink

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.

http://www.fabriclink.com

 

Ariel

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 products.

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.

http://www.ariel.co.uk