Tailored to Perfection

19 Aug

Earlier this summer, a friend of ours found a gorgeous jumpsuit for a relatively inexpensive cost and like so many of us would, she bought it immediately. The only problem was that it was a bit too big in one size, but way too small in the next size down. She would be taking a gamble as to whether or not she would stay covered up in either size, but the pattern was too bold and too beautiful to pass up. And so, unable to resist the jumpsuit, and yet unable to wear it off the rack, our friend experienced a game-changing revelation: she could get it tailored.


The simple truth is that we are not all built the same – and yet our clothing tends to act like we are. Sure, sizes range from store to store and we have all found one or two places we know will have sizes that fit us best, but what about those times when you fall somewhere in the middle? Or when a pair of pants fits perfectly except for in that one stubborn spot? Or when your height means that you don’t get to show off those sun-kissed gams?! Each and every one of those scenarios can cause you to walk away from shirts, jackets, pants, skirts and dresses that you really and truly love!

It’s ok to admit that you’re still thinking about some of them. Sigh.

And so, here is our reminder to all of you lovely people that you are not the problem! Our bodies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, which means that clothing may not always fit us perfectly. However, we can still enjoy the feeling of a perfectly fitted jacket even when the pattern wasn’t made just for us. Bring on the tailors!

“Tailoring” as a term dates all the way back to the 13th century, but in the 18th century, “tailoring” really started to refer to the kinds of sewing techniques still in use today. Sure, some of the technology has changed, but the goal of making people look amazing has stayed the same.

Luckily for you, we offer three locations in the GTA with in-house tailors who are experts at making you feel as though that garment was absolutely made for you. Whether you need something hemmed, lengthened, made bigger or made smaller, we have the know-how to help. We even take care of suede and leather specialty items, including linings and zippers. And with our two-hour hemming service, we will have you out the door and looking sharp in no time.

(Pst! Brides, we also do wedding dress alterations!)


New Child Labor Free Label

12 Aug


We’ve written quite a few posts about how to read clothing care labels, but thanks to a group of people in New Zealand, there could be a new icon on these tags soon. This new symbol will represent that a garment was not made using child labour.

While we all should know by now that child labour ranks among some of the worst injustices that pervades in the garment industry, the statistics don’t lie. The International Labour Organization estimates that roughly 168 million children are currently “trapped in mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous occupations that jeopardize their well being.” Yet, as Jasmine Chou shares, there are many individuals working to change that.

We have come to expect “cruelty free” as the norm when it comes to beauty products, says Michelle Pratt, CEO and founder of Child Labor Free, so why not expect it in other areas of industry?

Pratt’s new organization (and now movement) is striving for a world in which this expectation is the industry norm, creating safe labour environments from apparel to furniture, to cleaning products and skin care. The goal of Child Labor Free? To “wield the power of the consumer to create a world where ‘children are free to be children’.”

In an excerpt from Jasmin Malik Chua for Ecoterre, she describes some projects Child Labor Free are working towards:

“Its tentpole offering? A first-of-its-kind accreditation system and certification mark that verifies that a product was made without employing children. Brands applying to the the Child Labor Free mark must provide manufacturing, component, and sourcing information, along with evidence that child labor is absent in their supply chains, for assessment by an auditor from EY(née Ernst & Young). Child Labor Free will then evaluate the report, which may include recommendations for site inspections if deemed necessary.”

The organization is currently in their pilot phase, awaiting New Zealand Fashion Week where they will launch towards a broader consumer base. Their hope is that this movement will be one that consumers can really get behind, by rewarding companies who are willing to commit to change with business; by doing so, they hope to make the ‘Child Labor-Free’ label a global standard.

At Parkers we stand behind companies who are making the first steps towards a safer world for vulnerable workers. We love hearing about organizations that are dedicated to changing the way things have been to the way things should be. As clothing care specialists we believe in quality clothing, and that ethical origins are a good place to start. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or on Twitter: @ParkersCleaners.

Inspired by: Palazzo Pants

5 Aug

It’s that age-old adage about fashion: what goes around, comes around. Palazzo pants aren’t anything new. They dominated the scene during the 1960s and 70s – and are making a comeback once again.



 We are feeling majorly inspired by the wide-leg trend. The high waist and wide leg are universally flattering and the options for styling are seemingly endless! Our current favourite way to wear palazzo pants is paired with a t-shirt knotted up into a crop, some sunnies, and a pair of heeled wedges.

Not to mention how perfect a pair of palazzo pants is thrown over top of your bikini bottoms and worn to the beach. Put on a statement necklace and you can probably take your beach look straight to lunch.

But now that we’ve fallen in love, we are starting to feel more and more swayed towards a work-appropriate way of wearing palazzos. The weekends are just not enough for us anymore!

So, with all of those potential styling options in mind, we present a little palazzo pant inspiration to you.






Style Pantry





Style Pantry


Pretty Designs

 We have been all about stepping out of our comfort zones when it comes to fashion this summer, especially when it comes to buying less black and trying out new silhouettes. We would love to see all the ways you’re doing the same! Post your photos on Twitter and tag us (@ParkersCleaners) so we can see and share!

What To Wear: Elopement

30 Jul

Weddings are one of our favourite things to share on the blog – in case you hadn’t really noticed yet! As clothing care professionals and fashion enthusiasts, the wonderful world of bridal fashion continues to catch our eye throughout each new season. We’ve seen, and then quickly shared, it all: dresses full of tulle, dresses covered in lace, dresses that are floor length and dresses that are tea length. We’ve shared pink dresses, boho dresses, and long-sleeved dresses, and yet we realized recently that the one style of dress we have neglected to share with you is for an elopement!

Ok, ok. So, there isn’t really one particular style of dress that you should elope in. In fact, we have brides coming in all of the time with sand in their lace gowns or dirt on the hems of their ball gowns. These days, the rules have gone out the window when it comes to what to wear and where to wear it.

That said, there is a certain look that springs to mind when we think of a traditional elopement. Imagine with us for a moment: you and your love have decided to forgo the big ceremony and instead head downtown this weekend to say “I do!”. You don’t have much time for dress shopping, so to maintain spontaneity, less will have to be more. This is the dress we are thinking of. It is understated in its elegance, but lacking nothing in style. Easy to slip into a cab and head down to the courthouse in, but just as easy to pack onto a plane with you if Paris is more up your alley.

Rather than continue to wax poetic about what this looks like in our heads, we’ve gathered a few photos that better show off the style we are talking about.











Percy Handmade


Nordstrom Blog


And, because there are truthfully just no rules: a floor-length dress, too good not to share…


London Bride


While we love the traditional elopement dress, in all its less-is-more glory, there are so many beautiful looks for a bride to choose and we believe in making sure each look stays that way for a long time. This is why we use the best, and safest, dry cleaning techniques available when preserving your wedding gown. So, after you say “I do”, let us do the rest and keep your dress in pristine condition for years to come.

Say “So Long!” to Grass Stains

23 Jul

They are inevitable. They happen when you least expect them. Your mother spent far too much time warning you about them when you were a child (and it doesn’t even matter that you were so careful about where you were sitting during that picnic). Grass stains are simply an understood part of summer that we, as clothing care professionals, can’t ignore on this blog any longer. It’s time to say “Goodbye” once and for all to grass stains.

We’ve all been there before. You’re out for the day, whether at a picnic or a concert in the park, and as you look for a place to sit, you realize that you’ve somehow forgotten the blanket and you just know that a grass stain is bound to happen.

Why are grass stains so bad?

The biggest problem is that a grass stain is basically a dye stain. Unless you were looking for a natural green dye, this probably isn’t the news you were hoping for – as you glance over at your kids’ post-picnic knees. The stain is a mix of protein, organic matter and the grasses’ juices, which contain chlorophyll and other pigmented compounds (xanthophylls and carotenoids). The chlorophyll, xanthophylls and carotenoids pigments are so similar to natural fibers like cotton, that when the stain connects with the fabric, it actually bonds – not to mention that most grass stains also include a little dash of dirt, making it a dreaded combination stain. It makes sense that grass stains are so hard to remove, right?

There are some at-home techniques you can try to soften or remove grass stains once they occur, but always be careful and test on a hidden area first.

Two ways to help remove grass stains:

  1. Water & Alcohol: Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with rubbing alcohol and then let the garment air dry. After it has dried completely, rinse under cold water and apply a liquid laundry detergent. Work the detergent into the grass stain and then rinse again with cold water. Let the garment air dry again and wash in your next regular load of laundry according to the garment’s care instructions.

  2. Water & Vinegar: Using warm water and plain white vinegar, rub the mixture directly into the grass stain and then wash the garment in a normal load according the garment’s care instructions.

It is also important to note that there are certain products and solutions to stay as far away from as possible when treating grass stains! Keep away from ammonia, alkaline detergents, and degreasers. These will all make the stain worse, by setting it into the fabric permanently.

It seems silly to mention this, but we have to: if your garment states that it is dry clean only on the tag, please leave the grass stain removal to the professionals. With delicate fabrics or dry clean only fabrics, don’t try to treat the stains yourself. Bring your clothing to us or set up a pick-up with our delivery service and we will make sure that those pesky grass stains are treated properly. That way, a simple grass stain doesn’t have to ruin your day, or your favourite pair of jeans, ever again.