Here are some tips on how to care for and store gentlemen’s accessories.
Care – When taking off a tie, try to remove by gently loosening the knot, not by yanking on the collar loop which can stretch the fabric. Always have ties dry-cleaned by a reputable cleaner with experience in spot removal and non-fading silk cleaning methods. Non-experts should only attempt to gently blot fresh water spills with a dry, clean white cotton cloth. Leave all other stains to an expert.
Storage Try to hang ties on brass hooks, with one tie per hook. For packing purposes, roll up ties to prevent wrinkling.
Care To keep looking scuff-free, buff leather belts with a clean, soft cloth. Do not use shoe polish. Polish buckles with the appropriate metal polish when they start to look dull.
Storage Always hang by the buckle from a hook or roll them up and store in a drawer.
Care Suede and nubuck shoes need a protective spray. Re-apply often, especially after they’ve been wet. When necessary, lift flattened nap with an old toothbrush. Leather shoes need to be polished often. Instant polish works in a pinch, but nothing replaces old fashioned buffing with a shoe brush.
Storage Try to use wooden shoe trees as much as possible. They preserve the shape of the shoe as well as absorbing moisture and odour. Also, never wear a pair of shoes two days in a row. They need time to dry out naturally.