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$100 Shirt vs $1000 Shirt Comparison ? | Kirby Allison

What are the differences between a $100 RTW shirt and a $1000 bespoke shirt? Just like with suiting, there is a huge range of quality and craftsmanship available.

The biggest difference is the bespoke pattern. The pattern is made to your exact measurements and specifications. RTW shirts are made on a block pattern that is made to fit as many different body types as possible creating a limited quality of fit with an RTW shirt.

You can specify any detail, cuff, collar, collar Hight, spread width, etc. with a bespoke shirt, something that even MTM shirts cannot attain.

 

The goal of the fit of a bespoke shirt is not to be VERY tight. A good shirt should allow for free range of motion, while not being baggy. If your shirt, suit, or any article of tailored clothing are not the most comfortable article of clothing in your wardrobe, they don’t fit right.

 

Another important difference between a bespoke and an RTW shirt is the armhole size. On an RTW shirt, the armhole and fit in general is cut to fit a lot of different people, while on a bespoke it is cut as close as possible to give the best movement. A low arm hole makes your shirt come untucked much easier.

 

To see all the differences between his bespoke shirts and RTW, follow the link below!

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Collar Stays Garment Care

Collar Stay Tips

Being a gentleman is all about the details, and more importantly, the details that no one ever knows about. One of the most refined characteristics of a well-dressed gentleman are the details that no one ever sees, such as collar stays. One might ask, so why wear collar stays? Truly, there is nothing less flattering than a shirt collar appearing to take flight on a windy day because one forgot to insert his collar stays. Without these essential items, there is no control or structure to the collar and a suit just looks sloppy.

Never Wear Plastic Or Metal Collar Stays

Anyone that is actually taking care of their overall appearance from head to toe knows that he would never insert plastic collar stays into his collar because they are not reliable. First and foremost you can’t count on them to keep your collar looking stiff and straight and if you forget to take them out at the end of the day and actually send that shirt to the dry cleaners, the heat from the pressing machine will melt the collar stay into the fabric in almost a certain permanent upward curve. Metal collar stays are not much better because they too can permanently damage a nice dress shirt. Typically, metal collar stays are punched out of a rigid, sheet of metal and the results are very sharp edges. By inserting these into the collar sleeve, the unpolished edges will most certainly saw through the fabric causing that shirt to rip. So what kind of collar stay should you be using?

Our Hanger Project collar stays are made of the highest quality, natural materials each polished to perfection. Each of our collar stays preserve a thin profile, while still being durable enough to hold your collar down and create a crisp form. Superior quality and customization are highly important to us here at The Hanger Project, which is why we carry three exotic materials in multiple lengths to embellish your shirts and style.

Mother of Pearl

Our mother of pearl collar stays are handcrafted in Milan, Italy and are far superior to any ordinary collar stay when it comes to sophistication and functionality. Each collar stay is specially polished by hand to ensure smooth edges and an iridescent finish. Often times, collar stays are very thick and bulky, but our Mother of Pearl collar stay maintains a thin form.

Horn

 

The horn collar stays were made specifically for The Hanger Project making us the first company to request the production of this luxury item. The natural marbling of the browns, blacks, and creams creates a beautiful finish unique to any other collar stay. The flexibility of this collar stay is the most consistent with what people expect from plastic collar stays.

Bone

The Hanger Project bone collar stays are made of 100% natural deer bone to retain flexibility and softness. Each collar stay is handcrafted guarantee long, smooth edges and thin frames.

Daily Collar Stay Routine

Inserting your collar stays in the morning and removing them at the end of the day should become part of your ritual of getting dressed.  Just like  you would buff your shoes with a horsehair brush or brush your suit with a proper garment brush, inserting collar stays is just as important of a step. If you commit yourself to using a nice high quality pair of collar stays made from a really beautiful luxury material you can trust that with a little bit of practice this can absolutely become a part of your daily routine.

Traveling Collar Stay Case

Traveling with your collar stays is absolutely recommended, nonetheless, we found that this is a time where losing your collar stays can most likely occur. You stick them in your luggage or briefcase and the next thing you know, you are missing a collar stay. To resolve this issue, we had collar stay holder cases made specifically for us at The Hanger Project. Each case is made in various different colors of crocodile leather. You can easily store various different lengths and up to a full set of collar stays. With these luxury carrying cases, you never have to worry about losing a pair of nice collar stays.

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Garment Care Hangers

Best Clothes Hangers

When it comes to hangers, one size does not fit all. A cheap hanger can dramatically take away from a custom suit by damaging the look and fit. A finely tailored garment deserves a high-quality hanger that protects and extends the life of your luxury suit. Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project, created a collection of clothes hangers, designed exclusively for the end consumer. His work and close collaboration with bespoke tailors and clothing aficionados resulted in a contoured hanger that prolongs the life of fine clothing by taking care of it on the hanger.

Clothing really lives and dies on the hanger because that is where it spends the majority of its time. Improper clothing care with is shoulder mountains, distorted collars and stretching. In result of this, your garment becomes deformed because of the improperly fitted hanger.

That is why here at The Hanger Project, we offer our hangers in up to four sizes. We know how critical it is for your hangers to fit properly.  We also craft each luxury hanger in three different finishes. These finishes are: The Traditional Finish, which uses birch wood with a nice cherry wood finish and brass hardware; The Natural Finish, crafted from furniture quality maple wood with chrome hardware; and lastly, the Alfred Finish with satin, chrome hardware, and black shoulder flocking. Over the last ten years, The Hanger Project has developed one of the most comprehensive and cohesive collections of luxury garment hangers that ever existed. These highly unique and specific hangers from The Hanger Project will not only last you the rest of your life but keep your garments looking as good as the day you hung them up.

 

Best Clothes Hangers

Trouser Hangers

This trouser hanger was designed specifically to solve the problem of creased trousers that occurs from locking trouser bars. Our Felted Trouser Bar Hanger is made with a felted, trouser bar that allows the trousers to gently drape over with no added pressure to eliminate unwanted creasing. The friction of the felt and the actual fabric of the trouser itself works together incredibly to grip the fabric and prevent the garment from sliding off the hanger. The strategic design of The Hanger Project felted trouser bar hanger prevents embarrassing creasing across the mid-thigh that typical locking trouser bar hangers give. This hanger is available in three different finishes: a beautiful, high-gloss brown finish, a natural finish made of high-quality Maplewood, and lastly our Alfred finish, which is a European beech wood.

Suit and Jacket Hangers

The Suit and Jacket Hanger provides optimum support to the shoulders and keeps them looking natural. Our 2.5-inch shoulder flares are designed to guarantee an ideal fit and give your garment the essential support it needs to hang well in the closet. Our luxury wooden suit and jacket hangers are available in four sizes to give you the most customizable fit. You are able to perfectly tailor the width of the hanger to match the garment. Properly fitted hangers extend all the way to the end of the shoulder without going into the sleeve itself. The Hanger Project suit and jacket hangers mimic the natural stance of your body with their contour. This retain the jacket’s form and prevents stretching of the collar.

Shirt and Sweater Hangers

Eliminate shoulder dimples and unwanted shoulder puckering with a custom fit Shirt and Sweater hanger designed specifically for soft-knit garments, polos, and golf shirts. The shoulder flocking helps to grip and control knits to help maintain its shape. These hangers are available in three beautiful different finishes.

Accessory Hangers

The accessory hangers make it easy to organize ties, belts, and scarfs that fit effortlessly inside anyone’s closet and conserves space. These hangers come ready-made and are constructed from high-quality Maplewood with an elegant finish.  Every hanger is compact and strategically designed to fit your organizational needs.

Women’s Suit and Jacket Hangers (Profile A)

The women’s hanger collection is divided into three fundamental profiles. These are based on the amount of support the hangers provide the garment’s shoulder. Our Profile A hangers feature a 1 and 3/4 inch shoulder flare and a really deep contour. This hanger is specifically for garments with lots of structure in the shoulder or that are heavy. Hanger that lack structure may cause stretching at the shoulder. For that reason, blazers, jackets or heavy coats call for hangers with strong shoulder support. This hanger is available with no attached hardware, a felted trouser bar or delicate clips.

Sweater and Blouse Hangers (Profile B)

Here at the Hanger project, we understand that closet space is a primary concern for many women, which is why we developed our Profile B hanger. It still offers that contoured profile and shoulder support but is more efficient in its use of closet space. Any garment that requires support, but not opulent support will flourish on the Profile B hanger. This hanger again is available in three types of hardware configurations.

Skinny Profile Hangers (Profile C)

The Profile C hangers use a 0.4-inch thickness, which is as skinny as you can make a wooden hanger, allowing you to fit as many garments as possible in your closet while still providing proper support. Again, this hanger is available with a felted trouser bar for trousers, delicate clips for skirts and bottoms and no hardware to use just a top hanger.

Just like men’s hangers, all the hangers in the women’s Runway Collection are available in multiple sizes to ensure the perfect fit. We have the petite, 15-inch hanger and a standard, 17-inch hanger for varying body types. This allows you to tailor the width of your hanger so that it extends all the way to the shoulder without over extending into the sleeve. Lastly, our Runway Collection is also available in three different finishes. We have Traditional Finish (birchwood with a cherry wood finish), Natural Finish (maplewood), and Alfred Finish (satin) hangers.

 Watch our video on luxury wooden hangers here.

 

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Garment Care Hangers

Luxury Hangers

A mismatch collection of wire and plastic hangers can make a closet look unappealing; and since your closet is one of the first things you see in the morning, this could add negative vibes early in the day. Upgrading to luxury hangers can help make your closet more visually appealing while adding uniformity.

Men’s Luxury Hangers

Our collection of Luxury Hangers for Men includes suit hangers, shirt hangers, sweater hangers, and trouser hangers. This means we have every single garment in your wardrobe covered with a hanger that was designed specifically for that piece to both protect and extend its lifetime. One size doesn’t fit all whenever it comes to your clothing; the same should be true whenever it comes to your hangers. By offering up to four different sizes we allow you to properly size the hanger to extend all the way to the shoulder. But more importantly, not past the shoulder sleeve.

Women’s Luxury Hangers

Our new Luxury Hangers for Women are also made in four different wood finishes, three profiles, and many options of different hardware and clips. They feature felted and notched shoulders that gently grip the garments to prevent stretching or slipping off to the ground. They also have a locking ring hook embedded that ensures the hook will never unscrew, which guarantees a lifetime of use. These beautiful real wooden hangers make a closet look as elegant as your wardrobe.

 

Choose Your Finish

All of our Luxury Hangers are available in the following wood, stain, and hardware options:

Luxury hangers - wood finishes

  • The Traditional Finish is constructed from solid birch with a high-gloss finish, brown flocking and brass hardware.
  • The Natural Maplewood Finish is constructed from USA maple wood with a satin finish, black flocking and chrome hardware. The Maplewood features a beautiful wood grain with deep marbling.
  • Alfred Finish is constructed from European beech wood using a sating finish, black flocking and chrome hardware. Beechwood is slightly heavier in weight and specking.
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Garment Care Hangers

All New: Luxury Women’s Hangers

Wooden Hangers for Women’s Closets

We’ve sold unique hangers for over a decade for the well-dressed to take proper care of their wardrobe. We specialize in custom-fit hangers for quality suits and jackets to keep their shape, and now, we offer the same for women’s closets. They are available in three different wood finishes, and several shapes and styles to re-organize your wardrobe and increase the lifetime of your wardrobe. Your closet is a sacred place; it’s either a palace of beautifully organized, color-coordinated clothing, or a dungeon of clothes piled on shelves and sagging off hangers onto the floor. If you’re the type to appreciate and care for your wardrobe, then invest in some quality, wooden hangers from The Hanger Project. 

The Traditional Finish

We offer all of our women’s hangers in the traditional finish. Whether you want a suit and jacket hanger, or a blouse and dress hanger, you can get them all in this beautiful birchwood produced in Russia.

The Alfred Finish

The Alfred is one of our newest finishes, so we currently offer it in four different styles ranging from dress hangers to trouser bars. This finish is a striking dark mahogany color that will enhance the aesthetics of any closet.

The Maple/Natural Finish

And finally, we have our natural finish available in a maplewood. This finish has a lovely, three-dimensional wood grain, and is especially unique because it is usually reserved for furniture rather than hangers.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

This is not only true for clothing, but highly important for the hangers that support your clothing day after day. Properly sized hangers prevent stretching out shoulders in jackets or dimpling in the sleeves of blouses or dresses. There’s nothing worse than looking in someone’s closet to find all their clothes barley clinging on to flimsy wire hangers, or sleeves falling off slippery plastic ones. To find the perfect, custom hanger for your wardrobe, refer to our Sizing Guide.

 

 

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Garment Care

How to Protect Your Garments from Dust and Moths

Don’t let dust and unwanted moths take up residence in your nice clothing; protecting your garments is easy when you have the right products. At the Hanger Project, our shoulder dust covers, trouser covers, and garment bags are constructed from a light-weight, high-quality twill fabric and is designed to prevent dust from accumulating on your clothing, all while preventing moths from feasting on your precious dress clothes.

Don’t trust plastic garment covers or plastic bags to prevent moths, mold, and dust from ruining your clothing. Plastic covers and bags do not allow for air to ventilate into your clothing, oftentimes trapping moisture which can lead to mold. You don’t want your expensive clothing to feel damp or smell musty- you want them to keep their condition looking like it did when you first purchased it.

Protect your sweaters and un-hangable clothing in our linen-lined sweater box. The Hanger Project Sweater Box is perfect for storing any garments that can be folded- not just sweaters. These sturdy boxes offer maximum protection from pesky moths and keep dust from accumulating on your valuables. Not only is the deep green satin linen-embossed paper, pleasing to the eye, it comes with a label card holder so you’ll always know what you’ve stored.

Normally, it’s hard to know if clothes moths have made a buffet of your clothes until they’re already ruined. Consider investing in Professional Clothes Moth Traps to put in your garment bag and storage boxes; the moth traps release pheromones that work to attract moths, trapping them. 

 

Preservation of your expensive, high-quality clothing starts with how you’re storing them. Shop Here>> 

 

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Garment Care

5 Ways You’re Unintentionally Ruining Your Clothes

1. You use hangers that are too small.

Have you ever noticed those dents on the shoulders of your shirts after hanging them in your closet for too long? Those dents are due to wire and plastic hangers that are too narrow and leave your garments unsupported in the closet. If the hanger is too narrow, the weight of the garment is distributed over the end of the hanger, which causes indentations in your clothing. This damage to the fabric can be irreversible, resulting in permanent shoulder dimples!

Wire Hanger vs Wood Hanger

Another problem associated with wire hangers involves discoloration from the metal. That is the reason why, when you get your clothes from the dry cleaners, there’s usually a paper sleeve over the hanger – some cleaners even use coated hangers. Sure, wire hangers come in handy for many things, such as unclogging a drain or roasting marshmallows, but once you get your clothes home from the cleaners, we suggest transferring your shirts onto well-crafted, wooden hangers that are properly sized for your garments. For properly-sized hangers shop here.

2. You fold your pants instead of hanging them.

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When pressed for space in your closet, some men resort to folding their pants and storing them stacked on top of each other on a shelf. This causes unnecessary, undesirable wrinkling when you finally pull them out of the stack and want to wear them. Hanging your pants helps avoid unwanted lines and creases.  Dress slacks should definitely be hung using either a hanger with a clamp or clips that hang the slacks from the cuff; or, you can hang them over a felted bar hanger. Casual pants, like jeans and khakis, can be hung or folded, depending upon what works best for you. However, if you constantly fold your jeans, this leaves fold marks, and believe it or not, breaks down the fiber of your denim. We highly suggest you use a clip hanger to hang your jeans at the cuff so that they hang vertically in your closet. The weight of the jeans actually pulls the wrinkles out of the fabric as they hang, thereby providing a soft press and ensuring they look fresh next time you wear them. For trouser and pants hangers shop here.

3. You don’t protect your garment in the closet

Do you leave your clothes in dry cleaners’ plastic bags? Well, if you do, you are suffocating your clothes by not allowing the fabric to breathe.Benefits of a garment bag Leaving your clothes in plastic bags might trap humidity or make it hard to lose residual odor from the chemicals. In addition, storing clothes in these bags allows stains to oxidize, which will then make the clothes harder to clean in the future. However, you still need to protect your valuable garments from dust and moths. Proper storage of your clothing is essential to its long-term maintenance—that’s why we created our popular collection of luxury garment bags and shoulder dust covers.

Perfect for storage and travel, our breathable luxury garment bags offer the highest level of protection against moths, insects, and dust. The shoulder dust cover protects garments from accumulating dust on the shoulder while in the closet. It is constructed from the same high-quality cotton twill fabric as our luxury garment bags and allows your garments to breathe while looking good in the closet. For garment bags and dust covers shop here.

4. You over-wash your clothesWashing Clothes

The lifetime of any garment can be measured by how many times it has been washed. Most Americans over-wash and over-dry clean their wardrobe because they believe it isn’t good hygiene if they don’t wash after each use. However, this can be costly in a number of other ways. Unnecessary washing involves not only actual and immediate costs—in terms of detergent, water and electricity—but also costs in terms of reducing the lifespan of the garments that are being washed. A washed garment simply never looks the same as one that has never been washed. Garments suffer quite a beating in the washer—they’re soaked, vigorously shaken, spun and then tumbled in crazy hot temperatures. Sure, the result is a clean garment, but also a faded one—possibly even a shrunken one.

The simple truth is that a garment should only be washed or dry cleaned when it absolutely needs to be. A garment brush can be used to remove dry stains that would otherwise have required washing and can be used to remove dirt and buildup that occur naturally. Depending on perspiration levels, most shirts can air dry without any odor. Dress shirts can easily be worn and ironed multiple times before a washing is truly required. And jeans can (and many suggest should) go months if not years without washing. According to Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi’s, a good pair of denim jeans really needs a machine washing only infrequently. If you’re concerned about germs, you can freeze your jeans to kill off bacteria and freshen them up. For the best laundry care shop here.

5. You use an adhesive lint rollerlint-roller-for-clothes

Adhesive lint rollers are incredible – yes, they can effectively remove lint very quickly, but in the process, a synthetic adhesive residue transferred to the garment fabric, actually attracts more lint over time! Second, the petrochemical products used to create the adhesive can degrade and discolor natural fabrics. Here at The Hanger Project, we strongly recommend not using them. Instead, invest in a high-quality, natural-bristle garment brush. The natural bristles actually work into the fibers of the fabric to do a better job at brushing out dirt and embedded lint. Buy a garment brush that features bristles in different stiffness. You can use stiffer bristles for dry stains and the softer bristles for more regular brushing. For garment brushes shop here.

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Two Traditions: Workwear vs. Celebration Knits

The story of knitwear from Inis Meáin is really a story of two traditions: that of practical knitwear crafted by a wife for her husband to wear while working and that of highly decorative, “celebratory” sweaters worn by children at their first communion and on special occasions.

Traditionally, the men of Inis Meáin wore very functional sweaters that were simple to make. The climate of the island demanded that the clothing be tough and warm enough for working outside. From fishing the sea to hauling boulders for the construction of the island’s iconic stone walls, men required practical and durable knitwear. The family was the workforce in the community and women were responsible for producing clothing for the entire family as well as for export. Everything was done by hand, spinning the yarn, weaving as well as knitting. Women did not generally have time to embellish these workwear sweaters with the highly decorative cables and diamonds most commonly associated with Inis Meáin. The reserved, workwear sweater was knitted in what the islanders called “Bull’s Wool.” It was the cheapest, harshest wool left over after exporting all of the finer wool from their sheep. Perfect for a fisherman’s sweater – tough, warm, and durable – rarely were they decorated. The sweaters were always done in dark colors or the natural colors of the wool (a mixture of charcoal and brown). A red dye was produced from the madder on the roads and indigo was often imported, but the sweaters were always dark.

Though well-worn by long usage, his sweater shown in the picture at the left demonstrates his wife’s artistry and prowess with her knitting needles.

But then there is the story of the island’s celebration knits, surely where a wife or mother put her pride. These “Sunday best” sweaters were normally knitted from finer wools, either white or natural in color, and worn by children during their first communion and by husbands on special occasions. They served as the canvas for the island’s women to indulge in and showcase their passion for knitting. Highly complex, decorative cables emerged from this tradition, leveraging any new stitches the women had learnt and identifying the family in the same way as Scottish Tweed. Soon a cottage industry arose from this tradition, mothers and daughters in most houses supplemented the family income by making sweaters for the growing Irish tourist industry. Patterns varied from knitter to knitter with each individual having her own combination of diamonds, cables and trellis, tree of life and moss motifs. But the basic formula of highly decorated classic shapes was maintained.

Today Inis Meáin focuses primarily on “celebration knits” with their intricate cables, as this is what is most associated with the island, and now, the brand. The company’s knitwear is assembled using the finest natural fibers of wool, cashmere, cotton, and linen in order to produce an incredibly soft garment that feels good against the skin. All of the cables that adorn Inis Meáin knitwear are inspired by old photographs of islanders and their sweaters. Knitted by the hands of the daughter of one of the island’s oldest and most highly regarded knitters still alive, these designs then find their way into the company’s collections and show up to the world as valuable and beautiful works of traditional Aran art.

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Garment Care Hangers

Luxury Hangers for Alexander Kraft

Alexander Kraft recently made an order from The Hanger Project for our luxury hangers. As seen below they really filled out his wardrobe of Cifonelli suits. Cifonelli is one of the preeminent bespoke tailoring houses in Paris and one of the best and most prestigious in the world.

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Garment Care

The New Cherrywood Closet Chair and Step Ladder

The Hanger Project has an exciting new product: The Cherrywood Closet Chair and Step Ladder. This beautiful product is completely made in France by expert craftsmen. The step is just the right size to reach those items just out of reach in your closet and the chair is a luxurious convenience.