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Vintage Brooks Bros tuxedo shirt: cleaning and restoration

A client in Houston, Texas sent us a Brooks Brothers vintage bib-style tuxedo shirt plus 3 detachable collars for restoration. He asked for "walk by itself" starch on the bib, collars and cuffs and no starch on the rest of the tuxedo shirt.

Although he didn't specify the age or history of the shirt, I can only assume that it belonged to a close relative or friend and that he wanted to preserve the tux for sentimental reasons and/or to wear it to an upcoming event.
The shirt was in distressed condition. Specifically, the shirt exhibited the following issues:
Burns
Water stains
Rust
Mold.
Given the fragility of the cotton fibers, we clearly had to proceed with a great degree of caution. The entire restoration process took two weeks and involved multiple processes. We were able to remove EVERY STAIN except for one small, very light yellow spot on the bib.
The following before and after photos reflect the transformation from distressed to near perfect. (Please note that the completed tux was pristine white. Any variation in color is the result of my non-professional photography.)
BEFORE
AFTER
If this is what we can do on a distressed vintage tux, imagine what we can do for your dress and casual shirts!
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To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

A client in Houston, Texas sent us a Brooks Brothers vintage bib-style tuxedo shirt plus 3 detachable collars for restoration. He asked for "walk by itself" starch on the bib, collars and cuffs and no starch on the rest of the tuxedo shirt.

Although he didn't specify the age or history of the shirt, I can only assume that it belonged to a close relative or friend and that he wanted to preserve the tux for sentimental reasons and/or to wear it to an upcoming event.

The shirt was in distressed condition. Specifically, the shirt exhibited the following issues:

  • Burns
  • Water stains
  • Rust
  • Mold.

Given the fragility of the cotton fibers, we clearly had to proceed with a great degree of caution. The entire restoration process took two weeks and involved multiple processes. We were able to remove EVERY STAIN except for one small, very light yellow spot on the bib.

The following before and after photos reflect the transformation from distressed to near perfect. (Please note that the completed tux was pristine white. Any variation in color is the result of my non-professional photography.)

BEFORE

BB 6950
BB 6928 BB 6917
BB6929 BB6930
BB6935 BB6936
BB6937 BB6939
BB6945
BB6918 BB6919
BB6927 BB6926
BB6953
BB6951 BB6952
BB6964 BB6955
BB6956 BB6959
BB6957 BB6958
BB6960 BB6963
BB6961 BB6962

 

AFTER

BB8125 BB8132
BB8126 BB8133
BB8127 BB8134
BB8128 BB8135
BB8131
BB8130 BB8129
BB8138
BB8118
BB8119 BB8120
BB8122
BB8123 BB8124

 

If this is what we can do on a distressed vintage tux, imagine what we can do for your dress and casual shirts!

How can I help you?

To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.

To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

 

 


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