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Rescuing a dairy product-saturated suit used in a commercial

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Put This On, a widely-followed style blog focusing on classic men's garments and accessories, bills itself as a "Web series about dressing like a grown up".

According to Time News Feed, Put This On (PTO) features "high-end wares found at reasonable prices and provides easy-to-use guides on how men can make what they wear part of who they are. Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor employ a variety of methods - link aggregation, videos, narrative, Q&A's - to offer information to men who want to dress well ... without a lot of hassle and without being talked down to."

This past Tuesday, PTO launched the first episode of their Season 2 video series. That first episode, shot in New York City, was sponsored by Lifeway Kefir, a cultured, probiotic dairy product.

In the concluding segment of the first episode, Jesse pours 3 bottles of Lifeway Kefir all over his head, saturating a black pin striped Dolce & Gabbana suit in the process.

After shooting the web commercial, one question arose: what to do with the suit? Toss it or clean it?

Jesse decided to send it to RAVE FabriCARE in Scottsdale, Arizona for cleaning and restoration.

About a week and a half later it arrived wrapped in a plastic bag stuffed into a small cardboard box. Not only was the suit covered in kefir but it now displayed mold and fungus and emitted a foul odor - the result of a combination of non-refrigerated dairy product, heat and time.

We immediately went to work. Last week, we shipped the suit back to New York City - spotless, beautifully hand pressed and odor free.

The results of the transformation can be seen in the following before and after photos:

BEFORE - Suit Jacket (front and back)

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BEFORE - Suit Jacket (inside)

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BEFORE - Suit Trouser (front and back)

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BEFORE - Suit Trouser (inside)

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BEFORE - Mold and Fungus

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Please note that any color variations in the photos below are the result of my unprofessional photography and lack of professional studio lighting.

AFTER - Suit Jacket (front and back)

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AFTER - Suit Jacket (inside)

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AFTER - Suit Trouser (front and back)

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AFTER - Suit Trouser (side)

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AFTER - Suit Trouser (inside)

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2 comment(s) for “Rescuing a dairy product-saturated suit used in a commercial”
  1. Gravatar of A. S.
    A. S. Says:
    do you have any high-res versions of the before shots? it would make a good ipad wallpaper
  2. Gravatar of Henry
    Henry Says:
    Whoa! The "fur" in the last couple of before shots, is some really nasty business! I hope you had a Haz-Mat suit for that.

    Fantastic work!
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