By Michael Wernicke
Have you ever added up the value of all your clothing? Well, I recently went through a closet with a friend and this is what we found. Now we didn't have all the receipts so we just used our best estimates based on what he could recall. Nonetheless it would be a reasonable estimation. For this exercise we only looked at his wardrobe and excluded the things he didn't have hanging up.
So in his wardrobe he had the following (in Australian Dollars):
5 suits x $900 = $4500
2 vests x $150 - $300
6 jackets X $250 = $1500
15 Office Shirts x $120 = $1800
10 dress pants x $250 = $2500
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By Michael Wernicke
Walk into most be people's closets and you might get one of these types of reactions:
- Wow, they've got nice clothes, but it's pretty packed in there
- Wow, they've got old clothes, and there's so much space
However, how often do you go into someone's wardrobe and think to yourself, great clothes - but man - they are some nasty looking, messed up clothes hangers. I'll bet it's probably not your first observation. However now that I've pointed it out, why don't you go and snoop around at a few closets - you will be totally amazed at the craziness. It might even make you start questioning a few friendships!
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By Michael Wernicke
Whatever time of the year you're in, one of the things you learn about getting a brand new clothes hanger collection is that it inspires you. We go to our tired old, often dust filled wardrobe space at least a couple of times a day typically - well at least to put your clothes on and then to put them away again. We can definitely overlook our wardrobe as we tend to be stuck in our heads - normally either rushing and mentally preparing for work or trying to clear our minds of it at the end of the day. This causes us to routinely overlook it!
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By Michael Wernicke - Henkerman CEO
Whether you're in the northern hemisphere and looking to put away/cull your jackets or sweaters, or you're in the southern hemisphere and needing space to add them back in, we thought it was time to give you 7 - ever so simple - tips for glamorizing your beloved wardrobe space.
Tip 1: Clean up.
Start by emptying out your closet, vacuuming and and wiping it clean. This will prepare your canvass!
Tip 2: Pick out your 'capsule' collection.
What is a capsule collection? Well put simply, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of the essential items you love and wear that don't go out of fashion. These can be skirts, shirts, trousers, coats and shoes that don't go out of fashion and can worked with your more seasonal pieces. They tend to be your white/black/grey fabrics, your denim together with your brown and black leather. Be sure that they all fit perfectly.
Tip 3: Sort your remaining clothes into four piles.
A) Love it - this season.
B) Love it - another season.
C) I can't decide.
D) Time to go.
Tip 4: Dealing with each pile.
A) Leave the 'Love it for this Season' on your bed for now.
B) Store your 'Love it for next season' to a secondary wardrobe in another room, or a portable wardrobe in a storage area. Always try store them in a way that cares for them. For example, leave jackets hanging. Before storing them take the opportunity to remove the dust.
C) Now take the 'I Can't Decide' items and store them in a bag or a box. You will give these items 1 or 2 more seasons only - until your next wardrobe clean. If you still won't wear them, they will hit your 'Time to go' pile next time.
D) Finally, your 'Time to go' pile will be put into bags and you can decide on these three options: Donate. Give to Friends or Family. Throw Away.
Tip 5: Now deal with your 'Love it for this season'.
You should now decide if you want to wash or dry clean these items. Particularly for pieces that you are rediscovering, this process will remove any stale odors and make you feel like that piece is brand new again. If you get things dry cleaned, you can even leave them them in the plastic so you feel you're breaking out a brand new item when next you go to wear it.
Tip 6: Your Hangers.
Before you go and put your remaining items back in the closet, we want you to cull your old non-matching, ugly and uninspiring clothes hangers. Yes, you knew we would say that! However we mean it. You will feel like a million dollars. Even if you don't invest in Henkerman hangers, we beg you to please invest in the best hangers you can find, that care for your clothes, preferable flocked and matching. It genuinely will make an enormous difference to the final outcome and the longevity of your clothing.
Tip 7: Make a Wardrobe Plan.
Prior to putting your clothes back into your wardrobe, make a plan. Partition your wardrobe so your work clothes do not clash with your leisure clothes. This is really important to creating a great feeling about your wardrobe. At the end of the day, you don't want to keep being reminded of work whenever you're getting dressed to have some fun. It probably goes without saying that you want to also group your clothing by type. Plan to hang your shirts together, your trousers together, skirts, dresses, jackets, suits, belts, scarves and so on. Once you have your plan and you have your hangers sorted, put everything back into the wardrobe. Be sure to have all your hangers facing the same way and evenly spaced for best effect. Use the hanger's swivel hooks to put certain items on display and more visible. Now stand back and be inspired by your fantastic work!
It will be totally worth it. Repeat this process every 3 or 6 months and you will have your very own #dreamwardrobe and have achieved that elusive #closetgoal of your own :) Don't forget to take glamorous photos to share with your friends and followers on social media and inspire them to do the same.
Guest Blogger: Clare Sheng - Brisbane Clothing Alterations
Off the Rack
Most people prefer to buy off the rack suits. You can try on different shapes and cuts, touch the fabric for quality, and wear it right away. There is a huge variety of options, from $300 wool blends, to $6000 Italian-made cashmere. However, if you are not a conventional shape, or if you want the suit to be heavily tailored, then be prepared to put away around $100 to $250 for alterations.
There is an emerging tide of online tailors on the men's fashion scene. These businesses offer less expensive suits, as they're usually based overseas. If you are after a matching set of groomsmen suits, or just want something different for work, online ordering may be the way to go.
Make sure you know your sizes. Get a comprehensive list of required measurements from the business, and have professional tailor like BCCA measure you. It is a good idea to send them pictures of yourself from different angles to make sure they cut the suit to your body shape.
There are now more than 10 custom made tailors in Brisbane. You will meet with a stylist who will help you design the suit, and select the fabric. The suits are made overseas, then fitted and altered here in Brisbane. Custom made suits can vary from $750 to $18,000. The price is determined by the craftsmanship, and quality of fabric. If you have trouble finding suits off the rack to suit your shape, try having it custom made to ensure it fits you perfectly.
BCCA has worked with different retailers from all types of services. They would be happy to advise you on the best option when purchasing your next suit. Follow the links below to get in touch.
This post is a memorial to our beautiful little Henkerman mascot 'Ari Gold' shown in the picture below - who passed away (12th November 2015). He was taken all to soon in a vicious attack by another much larger dog - 20 times his size and weight. Ari was a 2kg - 10 Month old Chihuahua who was attacked and killed just one week after moving to a small farm in Highvale, Queensland (near Samford Valley) from the City of Brisbane. It was hoped that Ari would gain access to nature and experience much greater levels of freedom than where he was brought up in the city.
This is a very short tribute to the most beautiful of little treasures one could ever know - who meant so much to all involved with Henkerman.
Ari was the most amazing little companion and of course an excellent little Henkerman model as you can see by the picture. I never realised the true and deep connection that could develop between man and dog in such a short period of time (I had him 8 Months). I hadn't had a dog since I was a young teenage boy and around 30 years on, I think my relationship with this pet was certainly very different by comparison. Ari Gold (yes he was named after the Entourage character), was just as confident and feisty as the character you may remember from the TV show. Yet like all things with a short fuse, he also had the biggest heart and most lovable temperament I have ever come to know. Whilst building the Henkerman business my little friend Ari would sit on my lap as I typed at my computer - this is how he spent his final afternoon in fact. Every now and then he would simply look up and stare into my eyes and I never was quite sure why - though perhaps it was his sheer wonderment about life. He fulfiled me and made me realise that so much of what we strive for in life is simply of secondary importance than for being there for one another. He showed me how possible it was to live a happy life only focused on the most basic of elements - the grass he walked on, the insects he would try and catch, the small objects he would play with (he loved socks). He could make so much out of so little. Importantly he showed me how living in the 'present' made life so simple and yet so fulfilling.
I want the memory of Ari to live on. If you ever want to see pictures of Ari Gold, we will keep his Instagram page alive forever - I guess this is one of the beauties of the digital age. You can visit Ari's Facebook page here. He also has a gorgeous Instagram page here.
[On a side note, the product that Ari is modelling in the photo is the Men's Classic Mahogany Shirt Hanger which is one of our products which has been recently included in a great article written by Gabriel Price titled: "30 Holiday Gift Ideas for Men". Please also check it out when you get a moment as I promised I would mention his article in my next post.]
To all of you out there who have ever experienced the loss of an amazing pet you loved to the end of the earth - I now understand and am living the pain you must have felt. I have been trying to learn from my grief as painful as it is - as it is not something we are ever taught how to properly handle. For me, I have learnt that consistently reaching out to people in times of grieving is a very good thing to do - as grieving alone for too long can make the pain seem even greater.
In my loving memory of Ari 'Jaime' Gold (born near Caboolture - Queensland, Australia - 20th December 2014).
Michael Wernicke (Founder)
PS. His middle name 'Jaime' was his birth name - given by his birth family - named after Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones.