Luxury Wardrobe Storage & Valet Service

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Garde Robe® pioneered the luxury wardrobe management and Cyber Closet® valet concept
to service the needs of couture collectors, city residents with inadequate closet space,
business travelers, globetrotters, multiple home owners, and fashion designers.

The only service of its kind, Garde Robe’s raison d’être is museum-quality garment storage
for its members’ precious clothing, footwear, furs and accessories collections,
and providing on-demand accessibility whenever, wherever.

FOR ALL SERVICES, ALL ITEMS IN GARDE ROBE’S CARE ARE PROFESSIONALLY
PHOTOGRAPHED AND CATALOGUED INTO YOUR PERSONAL VIRTUAL CLOSET

AFFILIATIONS / PARTNERS

Garde Robe has established strong relationships that extend far beyond the fashion
industry. We have partners in the Insurance Industry, Stylists & Image Consultants,
Professional Organizers, Closet Designers, Garment Care Professionals,
Storage Companies, Products, Private Jets, Consignment, Consultants, Hotels,
and exclusive member benefits.


Law of Style #13 from the book The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman by Douglas A. Hand

Given the upfront investment you will make to purchase these vessels for your feet, there is a Law here worth heeding:

Law #13
“The Professional Gentleman shall properly maintain his shoes.”

When you first purchase a pair of shoes, you typically will want to go to a cobbler and have the tips and covered. This is not essential, but it will allow your shoes to last longer and show anyone who is looking that you are a man to whom the details matter. Also, you should have new shoes polished as this will properly seal the leather, which might not come out of the box this way. Unsealed shoes will get damaged to the point of ruin in rain or snow if unsealed, so it is wise to do this.

Shoe trees allow your recently worn shoes the contract and dry out to their correct architecture. You should purchase unvarnished cedar shoe trees as they properly draw moisture (rain or sweat or the tears of your defeated opponents) out of the leather. You do not need to own a pair of trees for each pair of shoes. The proper time for using trees is pretty much right after you have removed the shoes from your feet. After a couple of hours, the shoes will have returned to their natural shape and the trees can be taken out.

A word on soaking-wet shoes: dry them away from direct heat. Direct heat can dry the leather way too fast, resulting in the leather cracking. This wrecks your shoes. Like, bankruptcy Chapter 7 ruins them (there is no Chapter 11 restructuring process for cracked leather). Stuff drenched shoes with newspaper and let them dry away from direct hit. Then insert shoe trees for a couple of hours.

Do not hesitate to take your shoes in for repairs when they show signs of wear. Heels, like M&A associates, are typically the first to be ground down, but they can be replaced. Any loosening of stitching should be addressed upon him first notice. Scuffs and abrasions are usually solved with a longer than usual polish, or if on the inside of the shoes, by replacing the insoles or other affected areas. Also please remember to give your shoes a regular shine. The regular professional application of shoe polish not only makes the shoes look more attractive and cleaner, it also helps to keep the leather supple, moist, and flexible. This is essential to the longevity of the shoe.

Laces should be replaced every three years and more often if you were one of those dandies who likes to change up colored laces on occasion. I’m not in favor of this practice, as it evinces a touch deliberation and fussiness. But if you fall within the Laws, and coloraded laces is your thing, God bless. It is just a lot of work on the regular basis to properly swap out laces. And matching your laces with, say, your tie looks very calculated, in potential violation of the Law of Insouciance.

A well-made pair of shoes should last your lifetime. Ita vero. If you repair them regularly, they will serve. This reality will also help you to make the proper investment in your shoes. Given that they can last forever, why not keep truly beautiful examples healthy and on your feet rather than invariably spending more overtime to replace one pair of mediocre shoes with another pair of mediocre shoes? Run the numbers on this. It’s not like calculating the value of a municipal bond portfolio or a complex DCF analysis. It’s simple math. Good shoes are worth the upfront investment.

START WITH A CLEAN SLATE

This is your opportunity to start fresh. Consider working with a professional organizer who can help you create a totally clean slate by removing everything from your closet in preparation for editing and sorting. Since you’ll want to reserve your primary closet exclusively for clothing, shoes, and accessories, a home organizing professional can help relocate any items that were accidentally left in your closet or could live elsewhere. This is also an ideal time to select and pack up any items that should be relocated to a vacation home or alternate property.

EDIT FIRST

Do not underestimate the power of a good editing session. Too much clutter is the enemy of a well-organized space. At Shira Gill Home we guide our clients through a thoughtful editing process, and we encourage clients to keep only what they actually use, need, and love. It’s important to think through what’s required for your typical week as well as what you need for fitness, hobbies, travel, and upcoming social events and galas. Since the contents of your closet will ultimately determine your style, this is also a good opportunity to become more intentional about how you present yourself each day. Think of your closet as a well-curated boutique and only fill it with items that you truly love, and that reflect your authentic style.

INVEST IN SMART STORAGE

In deciding how to set up and store your wardrobe, consider how frequently you use each item. Couture gowns and vintage collections shouldn’t take up prime real estate in your primary closet. Instead, protect your most precious (but infrequently worn) garments and collectibles with an off-site wardrobe preservation service such as Garde Robe. You should also take care to use the proper hangers based on each type of garment. Padded hangers ensure that garments hold their shape, while velvet streamlined hangers prevent delicate items and silk blouses from slipping off. You can create a streamlined look by using uniform hangers and having a professional organizer or stylist arrange hanging items by both type, style, and color.

Accessory Storage: Shoes + Jewelry + Handbags

  • Small Accessories: Pretty open bins or baskets can be used to contain gloves, scarves and smaller accessories. Pick one style and color of bin to for a clean aesthetic.
  • Shoe Storage: Display shoes on open shelving, shoe racks, or cubbies so you can see your collection. Formal or infrequently worn shoes should be stored and stacked in clear shoeboxes to protect them.
  • Handbags: Handbags can be hung on sturdy handbag hooks and small evening bags and clutches can be stored inside labeled bins or baskets. Take care of your most precious handbags – purse pillows will help them retain their shape and shelf dividers will ensure they stay upright.
  • Jewelry: Most closet systems have the option of purchasing a jewelry drawer organizer insert which protects and organizes your jewelry at the same time.

GO VIRTUAL!

Create a clutter-free, curated closet by storing off-season, formal and couture garments off site. Garde Robe provides services to ensure all of your items are preserved with care and also offer the option of a virtual look book so you can browse through your collection from anywhere in the world.

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Shira is the founder of Shira Gill Home a boutique lifestyle brand with a “less is more” philosophy that offers on-site, full service organization and styling as well as online resources and inspiration to help you design a clutter-free life. Her work has been featured in Who What Wear, C Magazine, Sunset Magazine and My Domaine.

For information, please visit: www.shiragill.com. Follow Shira on Instagram @shiragill for weekly tips and inspiration.

Credits:

Content, organization + styling by Shira Gill Home

Photography by Vivian Johnson Photography

Law of Style #23 from the book The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman by Douglas A. Hand

Because your shirt lies close to your body, whether or not you wear an undershirt (a practice for and against which there is certainly some fair debate), it should be laundered regularly and, as such, will be exposed to the most wear and tear of any of the items of your wardrobe other than your shoes.

The easiest way to care for your shirts is, like your other business apparel, to outsource their cleaning to reputable dry cleaners. As we’ve discussed, this relationship is an important one. If there are specific stains on your shirts that need to be addressed, point them out to your cleaner. If you’re not sure if they will unbutton button-down collars before cleaning or remove collar stays, ask them. If they break buttons, ask them to replace them, and further, ask them to do this before they send your shirts back to you. You are a Professional Gentleman. Your cleaner should know that you are not a man who wants to walk into any professional situation with a broken button, a stain, or some other imperfection of his shirt that could easily be avoided by the partnership with a good cleaner. Tip your cleaner for good service. Give them respect. Develop this important relationship.

 

Law #23
“The Professional Gentleman shall have and maintain a
good relationship with his cleaners”

 

If you have the time and the inclination (or have a trusty housekeeper who does laundry well), cleaning and folding your own shirts is not only perfectly acceptable but may bring you into a more intimate relationship with your clothes — and not in a creepy way.

 

Law of Style #23 from the book The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman by Douglas A. Hand