Traveling Man Style Tip Always Carry An Emergency Sewing Kit Men's Fashion Advice Hi! I'm Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog.
Today, I've got a tip for the traveling man. Always carry an emergency sewing kit. If you haven't already, please comment to our my blog. By doing that, these posts will come right to you.
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I was traveling throughout Chicago going to a conference when I first started my company, and it was pretty embarrassing, but as a custom clothier, I had a shirt that was one of my favorites, but I had not worn a tie with it for a year. I go to button that the morning of the conference and I drove probably four and a half hours to get there, so it was early when I left. Now, I didn’t put the tie one when I left and my shirt collar had shrunk. I don't know how it happened, but yes, my shirt collar shrunk. That's all we're going to say. Needless to say, it was like by half an inch and I just needed to move I knew I needed to just move that button and I would get something that would work for the day or take a safety pin and put it together. You can find ways to rig this up here, but in any case, I was thinking like, Okay, what can I do? What are my steps going to be? I realized this conference is in a hotel. I went down to the bottom of the hotel. I asked the people working at the desk nicely and lo and behold, they actually gave me this sewing kit right here. There are a lot of them. I think Gilchrist & Soames, they make a lot of these, so there's a good chance you could have a Gilchrist & Soames. I don't know a whole lot about the company.
I think it's just a fancy-sounding name, but in any case, they gave me one just like this. I went into the bathroom and just cut off the I asked for a pair of scissors as well and simply cut it, re-sewed it, moved it over just a bit, and lo and behold. The rest of the day, it worked like a charm. So little emergencies like that, when you get a little tear on the seam, anything you could think of, you lose a button, many, many fixes can be fixed because what you're going to find in this emergency sewing kit is usually a number of types of thread, probably three to six needles, two to four buttons, and a safety pin, and really that's all you need to release the inner MacGyver when it comes to clothing. This can fix a lot more than clothing. I'll just leave it up to your imagination, but there are many things that any time it tears or breaks, that having an emergency sewing kit is going to save the day. And again, you don't have to be staying in that hotel. They've got these things lying around. I'm not saying that every time you go by a hotel, you'll stop and just grab one, although maybe I am saying that. It would probably be a good idea, but in any case, every time I travel now, I make sure to grab one. I've fairly got 10 to 15 of them lying around. And so, I always have one hidden in my luggage whenever I'm flying.
I have one in each of my vehicles. You would be surprised. Actually, we used one at my brother's wedding down in Nashville, Tennessee. We had a 30-minute drive out to the wedding and one of the groomsmen, his suit was rented and it was just so big on him. It was just the wrong size, and my wife took it right there and with the emergency sewing kit made the adjustments on the suit. She shortened the sleeve length by a good inch and a half. She opened up the jacket and brought it in with an emergency sewing kit. My wife is not a seamstress, but she's good with needle and thread. She probably could be one. It just goes to show that human beings, we can figure things out. Don't underestimate yourself and get that emergency sewing kit. Okay.
This has been Carl Centeno with this style blog. I'll see you in the next post. Bye-bye.