Traveling Man Style Tip – Always Carry An Emergency Sewing Kit – Men's Fashion Advice

Traveling Man Style Tip – Always Carry AnEmergency Sewing Kit – Men's Fashion Advice Hi! I'm Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real MenReal Style.

Today, I've got a tip for the traveling man.

Always carry an emergency sewing kit.

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Okay, the traveling sewing kit, somethingthat you've maybe heard of, but you've never seen.

Well, stop everything.

If you are traveling right now, if you areon the road, if you are near a fine hotel, if you're near an average hotel, why don'tyou just go ask the person working the desk and ask them nicely, say, “Hey, do you havean emergency traveling sewing kit I may have, please?” Lo and behold, they're probably going to giveyou something like this.

These are awesome.

These are life-savers and I'll just give youa quick story.

I was traveling throughout Chicago going toa conference when I first started my company, and it was pretty embarrassing, but as a customclothier, I had a shirt that was one of my favorites, but I had not worn a tie with itfor a year.

I go to button that the morning of the conferenceand 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 leftand my shirt collar had shrunk.

I don't know how it happened, but yes, myshirt collar shrunk.

That's all we're going to say.

Needless to say, it was like by half an inchand I just needed to move — I knew I needed to just move that button and I would get somethingthat would work for the day or take a safety pin and put it together.

You can find ways to rig this up here, butin 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 nicelyand 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 lotof 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, butin any case, they gave me one just like this.

I went into the bathroom and just cut offthe — I asked for a pair of scissors as well — and simply cut it, re-sewed it, moved itover just a bit, and lo and behold.

The rest of the day, it worked like a charm.

So little emergencies like that, when youget a little tear on the seam, anything you could think of, you lose a button, many, manyfixes can be fixed because what you're going to find in this emergency sewing kit is usuallya number of types of thread, probably three to six needles, two to four buttons, and asafety pin, and really that's all you need to release the inner MacGyver when it comesto 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 emergencysewing kit is going to save the day.

And again, you don't have to be staying inthat hotel.

They've got these things lying around.

I'm not saying that every time you go by ahotel, you'll stop and just grab one, although maybe I am saying that.

It would probably be a good idea, but in anycase, 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 luggagewhenever I'm flying.

I have one in each of my vehicles.

You would be surprised.

Actually, we used one at my brother's weddingdown in Nashville, Tennessee.

We had a 30-minute drive out to the weddingand 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 tookit right there and with the emergency sewing kit made the adjustments on the suit.

She shortened the sleeve length by a goodinch and a half.

She opened up the jacket and brought it inwith an emergency sewing kit.

My wife is not a seamstress, but she's goodwith needle and thread.

She probably could be one.

It just goes to show that human beings, wecan figure things out.

Don't underestimate yourself and get thatemergency sewing kit.


This has been Antonio Centeno with Real MenReal Style.

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