A Service Directory for Cleaning and Repairing Clothes

There’s no way around it – no matter how expensive or well-made, all clothes are susceptible to staining, tearing, and everyday damage. A fine Italian suit isn’t going to stop a meatball from rolling down the front, nor will the best cashmere sweater repel moths. So, what to do when life happens to your favorite duds? Fix; don’t replace!

Thankfully, there should be dozens of tailors, cleaners, and cobblers in your area who can help you. If you don’t have someone you trust, however, here’s a directory of some of the best repair and restoration service centers in the US (and some around the world). We recommend bookmarking this page, as accidents happen to the best of us. 

  • Cleaning and Pressing: It can be hard to find a good dry cleaner, especially since most aren’t terribly discerning and will send whatever you give them to the same mass-cleaning plant. If you’re unable to find someone local, we recommend sending your stuff to Rave FabriCARE. They have the in-house equipment and expertise necessary to take care of everything from moldy suits and stained leather jackets. They even have a sponge-and-press service for tailored clothes, which is rare outside of bespoke tailoring shops. 
  • Mending: For holes and tears, you’ll want to find someone who does invisible mending – a delicate service that fills the hole with new and matching material (essentially making the repair near-invisible). It’s a labor-intensive process that can be expensive, but the cost can be worth it if you have something special. Check French American Reweaving Company and Best Weaving & Mending. They mostly work on tailored clothes and knitwear, especially those damaged by cigarette burns, hungry moths, and basic tears. 
  • Denim and Workwear: There are a ton of shops these days that can repair jeans and workwear items. For starters, check Denim Therapy, Self Edge, Denim Surgeon, Schaeffers Garment Hotel, or Indigo Proof. They can replace zippers, chainstitch hems, or darn holes (which is pricey, but more durable than just patching). Darn & Dusted also does some cool wabi-sabi repairs if you want something stylized. 
  • Waxed Jackets: Remember, you can’t throw a waxed cotton jacket into the washing machine. If you get a stain, just wipe it down with a cool, damp cloth (don’t use hot water, as it can damage the proofing). For more serious cleanings, try using New England Reproofers. They can remove odors and reproof jackets (or add proofing to non-waxed garments). These guys can be great for taking care of that old Barbour in your closet. 
  • Leather Jackets: Advanced European Tailors can fix frayed cuffs and hems, as well as replace hardware, on vintage and repro-styled leathers (think: old A-2s and double riders). Superior Leather in NYC can also clean, condition, and refinish leather jackets, whether you have a rugged bomber from Buzz Rickson or a more finely-made piece from Brunello Cucinelli. 
  • Leather Footwear: A local cobbler should be able to take care of most things for you, but if you’re unsatisfied with your options, try sending your shoes to Willie’s Shoe Service or B. Nelson. They can replace soles and restore uppers, as well as add things such as heel taps, sole protectors, and waterproofers (thus helping prolong the life of your footwear). A lot of their work is on high-end Goodyear welted shoes, so they’re careful with what they do. 
  • Sneakers: As sneakers have become more expensive over the years, there are now specialty shops for restoring them. Jason Markk has a mail-in cleaning service (as well as an at-home cleaning kit). There’s also a small community of sneakerheads who do customizations and repairs. Check out illery and his company Sole Assassins
  • Luggage: Modern Leather Goods, Superior Leather, The Fordham Repair Center can help with your luggage – whether that’s repairing the handle on a work bag or fixing the broken lock on a suitcase. Some of these shops have access to brand-specific materials, or can weld metal frames in-house, so check around. 
  • Ties: For cleaning, relining, and repairing ties, check out TieCrafters. They can also do neckwear alterations if you need something widened, narrowed, or shortened. If you have just a simple snag though, try this trick at home.

Lastly, don’t forget about the original manufacturer. A lot of high-end brands can service their own items, especially if they have their own factory (e.g. Barbour, Alden, and Frank Clegg Leatherworks). Sometimes, the best people for repairing an item are those who made it in the first place. 

Energy beam coming from the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun.

The site includes the largest Pyramid structure in the world - The Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun with its height of over 220 meters is much higher than the Great Pyramid of Egypt (147 meters). It has the most precise orientation towards Cosmic North with the error of 0 degrees, 0 minutes and 12 seconds.
The Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun is completely covered by rectangular concrete blocks. The properties of the concrete are far superior to modern concrete materials. The pyramids are covered by soil 12,000 years old. Radiocarbon dating confirms that the Bosnian Pyramids are also the oldest known Pyramids on the planet. Beneath the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids there is an extensive underground tunnel and chamber network which runs for a total of more than ten miles. Ceramic sculptures have been discovered in the underground Labyrinth with a mass of up to 20,000 pounds which makes them the largest found so far from the Ancient World. In the underground Labyrinth, there are three chambers and a small blue lake. Energy screening shows that the ionization level is 43 times higher than the average concentration outside which makes the underground chambers into “Healing Rooms”. 

A team of physicists detected an Energy beam coming through the top of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun. The radius of the beam is 4.5 meters with a frequency of 28 kHz.  The beam is continuous and its strength grows as it moves up and away from the Pyramid. This phenomenon contradicts the known laws of Physic and Technology. This is the first proof of non-herzian technology on the Planet. It seems that the Pyramid-builders created a perpetual motion machine a long time ago and this “Energy Machine” is still working. 

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“Sora wake up!”
Said brunette groaned peaking an eye open to see just who was poking his cheek “your in the library sora” kairi rolled her eyes as she walked away with a stack of books. Grumbling he sat up wiping the drool from his cheek cursing under his breath, his project was due in less than a week he didn’t have time for sleep!
Draining the last of his energy drink he got up in search for more books to help him..hopefully more interesting ones!

Study questions Neandertal inferiority to early modern humans

An analysis of the archaeological records of Neandertals and their modern human contemporaries has found that complex interbreeding and assimilation may have been responsible for Neandertal disappearance 40,000 years ago, in contrast to many current theories, according to results published April 30, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Paola Villa from the University of Colorado Museum and Wil Roebroeks from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Neandertals thrived in Eurasia for more than 300,000 years but vanished around 40,000 years ago, around the same time that modern humans entered Europe. Archaeologists have developed many theories to explain their disappearance, and many of these suggest that modern-day humans were superior in a wide range of ways, including weaponry and subsistence strategies. Read more.

Three Bad Habits Studying World War One Has Given Us

I’ve noticed all of these down the years, but it’s only just clicked how much a problem they are. They can be applied to most other historical periods as well. 

Modern Man’s Superiority Complex: 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Looking back on historical events, especially vastly tragic ones like the Great War, it is easy for people today to lambaste our ancestors as “naive” or to make statements like “that could never happen today.”

Believing people in the past were less intelligent, less worldly or more gullible than we are is a cardinal sin, whether you’re a casual commentator or an actual historian. Sure, education and access to information is at an incredible peak at the moment, but to imagine that people living in the past were somehow dull or shortsighted is itself incredibly shortsighted.

Classic example - plenty of people, from the medieval world to ancient Greece, knew the world was round. 

Regarding World War One, I’ve often heard people scorn the propaganda of the time as ridiculously basic. We’re too intelligent, they say, to fall for the “Your Country Needs You” stuff en mass nowadays. These people are totally blind to the fact that propaganda surrounds us in the modern age 24/7. Values change, and I have no doubt in 100 years people will sneer at the things that made us tick, and wonder how global fast food chains could stay in business through the simple expedient of bombarding people for 30 seconds every half hour on television sets.

Martyrology Obscures Complex History:

It was tragic. It was unnecessary. It had few positive outcomes. I’m talking about World War One, right? Or maybe the Thirty Years War, that cost Europe almost half its population? Or the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, that proportionally killed more British people than any other war before or since? 

World War One certainly occupies a hugely significant chunk of our history, and its tragedy resonates clearly down the century to us today. There is indeed something uniquely horrible about that seeming “golden generation” being decimated in Flanders mud. 

Since the 1960s and 70s, however, World War One and its causes have been twisted into a grotesque caricature by a mixture of selective historiography and an ill-informed public. Any schoolboy can tell you all WW1 consisted of was young Tommies being told to walk through a sea of mud into machine gun fire by posh generals miles behind the front line, before the survivors were executed for cowardice. That view rules absolute. 

And guess what? Some men walked into machine gun fire through mud and were mown down, many generals were indeed miles from the front and people were wrongly executed by their own side. 

But the reality is that at the Somme only a few battalions walked, and those that did, did so because they carried heavy packs and had a lot of ground to cover. Others ran or sprinted, others advanced in column, others actually crawled up out of the trenches before the whistles were blown, and some even extended their trenches towards the enemy. Generals sat in chateaux because communications were key, and these buildings were the ones best furnished with telephones and usable roads - the closer a high-ranking officer got to the front, the less they could control the battle and the more men would die. And whilst summary executions were reprehensible, the textbooks make out that 1000s of innocents were killed in this manner, not the 300-odd that actually died. 

Modern remembrance focuses on the waste and the stupidity. This is important, but it shouldn’t sharpen the war to a set of unflattering stereotypes. When it does, it assists the first point raised, making people believe their ancestors were either stupid or hugely misled. To them, the war was a necessary one, and even if we could go back in time today there’s probably not much we could actually have done to lessen the carnage.

History Starts in 1914:

This one was also touched on above - World War One wasn’t actually the first World War at all, and the Tommies weren’t the first young men cut down in what we today consider pointless warfare. 

Again, there’s no disputing the direct links we today have with our immediate family who fought a century ago. That makes its prominence entirely natural. It is strange, however, to not commemorate the British dead from “imperial” wars in the 18th and 19th century, yet remember WW1’s dead, despite the fact the WW1 was quite clearly also “another” imperial war. We remember the men, not the cause, we’re told, but shouldn’t that extend throughout history? 

If this mindset prevails then in 200 years time people will be remembering other catastrophic conflicts, and 1914-1918 will be just another faded memory. 


Family Computer & Games

Inspired by fellow nostalgia blogger okamidensetsu, I’m taking a focus this week on some of the electronic citizens of my collection. 

The Famicom (along with its North American counterpart, the NES) is my favorite game console, and represents what I think was a time in gaming that was near-perfect. Now some of that is definitely nostalgia speaking, but I also feel like the design philosophies that governed the industry at the time are often superior to modern philosophies. Titles were simple and colorful - the graphical limitations of the FC required this - and there was a huge variety of genres, many of which had their start on the console.

It’s also got one of the largest libraries of games - more than 700, not including bootlegs - and hundreds of them are worth playing. Not to mention the fact that, in 20 or 30 years, all of them will still have exactly the same functionality as they did upon release. Compare that to Pokemon Black/White - probably my favorite in the series - and how its Wi-Fi capabilities were removed after less than five years. Will Halo 4 be as fun decades down the line when Microsoft pulls online support? 

I could go on, and on, but I’ll leave it at that. Suffice it to say, I love the Famicom.

Tesla on gender equality.

It is clear to any trained observer, and even to the sociologically untrained, that a new attitude toward sex discrimination has come over the world through the centuries, receiving an abrupt stimulus just before and after the World War.

This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior. The modern woman, who anticipates in merely superficial phenomena the advancement of her sex, is but a surface symptom of something deeper and more potent fermenting in the bosom of the race.

It is not in the shallow physical imitation of men that women will assert first their equality and later their superiority, but in the awakening of the intellect of women.

— Engineer, physicist, and futurist, Nikola Tesla


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“It is clear to any trained observer and even to the sociologically untrained, that a new attitude toward sex discrimination has come over the world through the centuries, receiving an abrupt stimulus just before and after the World War.

“This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior. The modern woman, who anticipates in merely superficial phenomena the advancement of her sex, is but a surface symptom of something deeper and more potent fermenting in the bosom of the race.

"It is not in the shallow physical imitation of men that women will assert first their equality and later their superiority, but in the awakening of the intellect of women.

"Through countless generations, from the very beginning, the social subservience of women resulted naturally in the partial atrophy or at least the hereditary suspension of mental qualities which we now know the female sex to be endowed with no less than men.

"BUT the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.

"The acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women, their gradual usurpation of leadership, will dull and finally dissipate feminine sensibilities, will choke the maternal instinct, so that marriage and motherhood may become abhorrent and human civilization draw closer and closer to the perfect civilization of the bee.”

–Nikola Tesla

“When Women Is Boss.” Colliers, January 30, 1926.