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At Luxe Axcess our mission is to help you explore and perfect a personal style expressed in a treasured wardrobe.  For us it doesn’t end there.  We are available to edit and organize your closet, incorporating new garments and accessories with your existing wardrobe and removing unnecessary items and clutter.  We create a closet environment that you can “shop” with ease, organized in a way that gives your wardrobe a new sense of clarity. Additionally we will assist in protecting and preserving your treasures. We fully appreciate the investment you have made and attach great value to the care of your cherished possessions. Whether it be archiving your everyday closet seasonally, creating a personalized stylebook, assisting in the preservation of precious and delicate items, or storage of your most prized pieces in a five-star off-site facility – we will guide you through the process.

Garde Robe Wardrobe Butler

It naturally follows that we would consider only the best for your wardrobe in terms of off-site maintenance and storage and for us that level of care is defined by Garde Robe. Founded in New York in 2001, with locations in California, Florida, Las Vegas, and an Australian location coming in June, Garde Robe is the world’s first luxury wardrobe storage, valet and Cyber Closet service. Designed for fashion devotees with impeccable wardrobes, city residents with inadequate closet space, business travelers, globetrotters, multiple home owners and fashion designers, Garde Robe‘s services include “museum-quality” luxury storage for clothing, shoes and accessories, professional wardrobe photography, the online Cyber Closet application, complimentary pick up and delivery, and luggage-packing and shipping services, among others.

Garde Robe clients enjoy 24/7 visual access to their “satellite” wardrobe via their own personal professionally photographed and catalogued Cyber Closet,  worldwide access to all items in Garde Robe’s care, the convenience of traveling without having to pack or carry a suitcase, and peace of mind with the knowledge that their treasured wardrobe is being handled and cared for by experts (see video).

Luxe Axcess is pleased to collaborate with our friends at Garde Robe to bring this luxury service to our clients.  Garde Robe Vice president Doug Greenberg sent us this handy tip sheet for winter clothes storage to share with you:

Winter Wardrobe Storage Tips

So spring is finally here. It’s time to switch your closets from winter to spring wardrobes.  Proper handling and maintenance of your off-season garments is critical as it can extend the life of certain pieces by several years. Therefore, the wardrobe storage experts at Garde Robe created this introductory summary to help you.

  • Always make sure garments are properly cleaned prior to storing them for an extended period of time. Even if the garment looks clean, if it has been worn it may have bacteria and or body oils that will damage the fabric if left untreated for several months. You should always remove your dry cleaner’s clear plastic bags immediately as these bags trap gasses that can cause discoloration and don’t allow the garment to breathe properly.
  • Purchase and use the proper storage supplies.  Acid-free tissue, breathable garment bags and canvas boxes are inexpensive and vital to maintaining a garment’s pristine condition. Boot trees and toe shapers for footwear and appropriate hangers are also highly recommended.
  • Proper storage conditions and ventilation is essential. Garments should not be subjected to dust, sunlight, humidity or drastic changes in temperature, so basements and attics are not recommended in most cases. Proper spacing between garments must also be taken into account – never crowd garments into a small area in the back of the closet because they need to breathe. Be extra cautious when storing leather, suede and denim as these fabrics can bleed into one another – use garment bags or acid-free tissue to separate these garments. Never store furs at home as they must be stored in special cold storage units. Always use a reputable furrier and have the fur revitalized as needed.
  • Fold all knits carefully with acid-free tissue to avoid creasing the individual fibers and place them in a breathable box with the heaviest ones on the bottom. Material damaging insects such as moths will be attracted to cashmere and other natural fibers, especially if bacteria are present. Placing cedar and lavender sachets in the boxes works as a deterrent and is far more pleasant than moth balls. However, the sachets often contain oils so be cautious to avoid direct contact between the sachets and garments. Heavily beaded and embellished garments should also be folded with tissue and not hung on hangers.
  • Hanging garments require proper hangers and breathable garment bags. Hanger selection should take into account the type of garment and its weight. Heavy garments such as winter coats should be stored on strong, padded hangers. In most cases, pants and slacks should be hung from the hem or cuffs to avoid creasing. Take advantage of a garment’s support straps or loops to avoid stretching.

 

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