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How to Protect and Store Your Vintage Clothing

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Maria Kazzi

Vintage clothing has gained such momentum over the years that it has never been as popular as it is today. Vintage can be defined as a piece of clothing or accessory that was made in the 1980’s or earlier. The pleasure of owning a piece of vintage clothing is reminiscent of old-style classic fashion.

From perfect vintage dresses and skirts to vintage shoes, scarves and hats, we share simple guidelines to keep your vintage investments well maintained and preserved for many years to come.

 

Model wearing a vintage dress

 

Care Instructions

Vintage clothing requires a little more TLC due to the delicate fibres of the fabric. It is important to carefully follow the instructions on the label and in doing so this will preserve your vintage treasures. It is important to consult an experienced professional for advice if label is not visible or present.

Note that it is not always necessary to have your vintage clothes dry-cleaned. In fact, certain (harsh) chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process can do more harm than good due to the delicate nature of the fabric fibres against the processing techniques. If you are going to use a dry-cleaner make sure they specialise in vintage or delicate clothing practices. Exercise caution and good judgement where necessary.

 

Avoid Light

Prolonged artificial and ultraviolet light (sunlight) are the greatest dangers to your vintage textiles. Light will cause fading in the fibres and can potentially deteriorate the integrity of the fabric over time.

 

Natural Air Flow

Open doorWhen stored in a dark space in your wardrobe or otherwise; make sure there is sufficient, natural free-flowing air that circulates around your vintage heirlooms as this is critical to the fibres and the fabrics longevity. Do monitor the humidity and temperature in which you are storing your vintage clothing.

Remember to air out your clothes (out of direct sunlight) if they haven’t been worn for 6 months to a year to preserve their wearability and to maintain the fabric fibres.

 

Plastic and Non-Woven Garment Bags are a No Go!

Plastic garment bagAvoid storing your vintage pieces in plastic or non-woven garment bags as they can cause irreparable damage. It is crucial that you completely avoid these types of garment bags as they can cause serious, irreversible damage such as mould (particularly to your suede and leather jackets), also fading and discolouration (yellowing) in cottons, embellished pieces, wedding gowns and other fabrics as no air can comfortably circulate in and around your garments, particularly if stored for long periods of time or from season-to-season.

The humidity factor in warm climates can cause mould, mildew,plastic-garment-bag and discolouration of the fabrics. This can have a detrimental effect on your vintage items (or most types of stored clothing). Natural fibres naturally expand and contract with changing temperatures, and if they are trapped they simply cannot breathe.

It is important to leave ample space between each vintage garment to allow air to flow in-and-around your garments. Never store them in plastic containers or cardboard boxes as over time, this, too, may cause discolouration of the garments particularly if storage is not temperature controlled, is hot and humid, and no fresh air is circulating.

 

100% Cotton Garment Bags

cotton-garment-bag-kazzi-koversCotton is a fabric that has many fabulous attributes when it comes to storing your vintage garments for the long term. It is lightweight, breathable, hygienic, acid-free and strong. It is also a low maintenance fabric which makes it easy to wash and is reasonably quick to dry.

So if you are looking to preserve and protect the integrity and fabrics of your vintage pieces for years to come, be it, your dresses, jackets, coats and other delicate pieces - you can't go past our premium Cotton Garment Bags. They are simply the natural and safest alternative to the damaging plastic and non-woven garment bags. 

Each cream-coloured cotton garment bag fits up to 3 items and are available in two generous sizes - Regular and Large. Each garment bag is equipped with a full-length, side-zipper for easy access and a double-stitched, sturdy cotton loop is sewn in at the bottom so it's simple to fold the bag over when travelling, or you can hang them nicely anywhere for storage or home purposes (List of garment bag uses are below).

 

You can also store and safeguard your vintage shoes, handbags, hats and scarves in our sassy range of 100% Cotton Covers. Ideal for vintage pieces for protection from sunlight, dust, dirt and pesky insects.  

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REGULAR Garment Bag  110cm (H) x 65cm (W) x 10cm (Gusset)

Regular-garment-bagIdeal for Suits, Jackets, Coats, Dresses, Cocktail / Formal Dresses, Embellished and Beaded Garments, Delicate and Natural Fibres (leather, wool, silk, suede, fur, velvet), Seasonal Garments, Saris, Kaftans, All Types of Costumes, Vintage Clothing, Uniforms, Heirlooms and more..

LARGE Garment Bag  165cm (H) x 65cm (W) x 10cm (Gusset)

Large garment bagIdeal for Wedding Dress, Formal and Cocktail Dresses, Gowns, Embellished and Beaded Garments, Delicate and Natural Fibres (leather, wool, silk, suede, fur, velvet) Long Coats, Seasonal Garments, Saris, Kaftans, All Types of Costumes, Vintage Clothing, Uniforms, Heirlooms and more..

2-Regular+1-Large-Garment-BagsThese bundles include Regular and or Large Garment Bag combinations - for when you need more than one. For example: 2 x Regular + 1 x Large Garment Bag Combo. We have 6 different garment bag combinations you can choose from. 

 

Remember if you ‘Love it, Cover it!’

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

Updated 28.8.17

 

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