Hey Guys, Here How You Prep Your Clothes For Winter

tom ford, tom fordNot to get too apocalyptic on you, but… winter is coming Harlem. And you ought to be prepared—your trusty jacket might need reproofing, your parka could probably use a bit more down fill, and your leather shoes need to be steeled for the snow and salt that will be on the ground before you know it.

So we’ve put together this quick-and-handy guide on how to tune up your gear for a Harlem winter…

Get your waxed jacket reproofed.

You can either attempt to do it yourself, or leave it to your neighborhood professional reproofers. They’re out there. Just look.

Give your down outwear a fluffing.


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Believe it or not, you can get a little extra warmth out of an old down parka or vest by refilling it at your local outdoor equipment supplier. Old jacket, new life.

Freshen up your wools.

From your fine-gauge cashmere layering sweaters to your chunky ragg boot socks, you should have amassed a small arsenal of wool—that has been getting musty in storage since spring. So de-must it all by simply giving it a quick bath in Woolite followed by another quick dunk in water to rinse. (Repeat as necessary with anything that’s woolly, woolly.)

Prepare your leather for action.

Your shoes and boots are going to take the brunt of the snow’s wrath, whether it’s still on the ground, turned to slush or been salted into submission. You’ll want, at the minimum, a good set of shoe trees, a brush and leather cream. Also, a fresh coat of Sno-Seal isn’t a bad idea for your workhorse boots.

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