Thursday, October 3, 2013
FOSTER-STEPHENS has taken an environmental leadership position by joining Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Program. In our quest for a better environment we will offset our carbon emissions with the Carbonfund.org Foundation, one of the country’s leading carbon offset organizations. Every person and business on this planet contributes to a carbon footprint created by what we do in our daily lives as well as how our business’ are run. This carbon footprint contributes to global warming and the deteriation of our environment for generations to come. Foster-Stephens’ has joined the fight to sustain our environment by making up for our carbon emissions. As a producer of different products that are manufactured, we cause carbon output during manufacturing, trucking and storage as well as in our office and even when our employees drive to work. We can all do our part to correct are negative impact on our world. Recycling is just one way to make up for the destruction of our planet. By giving to Carbonfund.org, our donated funds will go toward supporting reforestation projects in the US and abroad. If you would like to find out ways you can reduce your carbon footprint please go to www.carbonfund.org or check out our link at http://www.carbonfund.org/partners/item/foster-stephens-inc. Climate change is real and we are all responsible for the world in which we live, and we all must be part of the solution! And we must solve the problem by reducing our emissions by 50-85% globally by mid century. You can also help by buying products from environmentally friendly companies.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I wanted to talk about the trend of "Trashing the Dress" which still seems to be taking place in the name of art. We posted a picture on our website of a bride laying down in the surf and between the foamy waves and the white of her skirt, it really was a very beautiful shot. We did receive a comment from a customer that she was surprised a company that deals with preservations would post such a picture. While we do not clean gowns, we leave that up to the many dry cleaners and specialists that we manufacture our products for; we do absolutely care about the preservation of family heirlooms such as wedding dresses and I have just recently learned a lot from one of the wedding gown restoration specialists that we do deal with. Just because a bride may choose to have some very artful photos taken at the risk of her dress does not mean it has to be permanently trashed. Dirt, food and stains can all be removed when taken to someone who specializes in cleaning and restoring fine garments such as wedding gowns. Small tears can easily be repaired and beads can be replaced. Any bride can have the best of both worlds. And a dress can go for a swim if it is 100% polyester. If a dress is a natural fiber like silk, cotton or linen, water will not be a friend. There can be permanent wrinkling and shrinking that not even Wonder Woman will be able to remove. Please keep this in mind when thinking about your photography for your wedding. Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life. How you feel about your dress today may not be how you will feel in the future. I think as a rule we become more sentimental about our memories and if your not a parent yet, just wait. Chances are if you do not hold onto that dress and keep it for the possibility of your child wearing it or for using a part of it in their future, you may have regrets. It is a very tangible part of that day. It is a piece you can look at and share once again in your future. It is much more special to have than to just look at in a picture. The dress is You in that moment. A very short element of time in your life span but one that is so precious.....
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Embroidery of our muslin bags has become so popular that we moved our operations in house. We have a large variety of bags perfect for that special message. Our garments bags of 70”, 62”, 50”, 42” and 38” are perfect for wedding gowns, dresses, costumes, suits and children’s clothing. In your choice of color we can embroider a newly married couples name, wedding location, or date. Family heirlooms can have the date of creation and the family name. Many other special occasions such as baptisms, graduations, proms, and military service can be commerated on our beautiful, archival, muslin bags. Personalization makes for fabulous gifts for the new bride, new graduate or new baby. Our muslin covers fit over our many different sizes of preservation boxes. These can also be embroidered with the same types of messages. Fine textiles need to be treated with care. Whether you decide to hang them or box them, mark them with your special occassion or as a gift for someone special.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Everyone needs some type of bag for storing their garments in the closet that will keep them dust free and clean. We wanted our bags to be easy to use for travel, simple and also inexpensive. Our reusable non-woven PP garment bags are strong, sturdy, tested and proven to keep your clothing safe and dust free. They are lightweight but very strong and will resist punctures and tears from sharp edges.
They are great for clothes and a lot of other items too and can be reused over time! They can be used for storing furs, table linens, woolens, leathers, uniforms, costumes, sweaters and so much more.
We have two sizes to choose from. The lengths are 72" and 48". Our 72" Garment Bag is the perfect size for gowns such as your wedding gown. It travels well so it is perfect for taking your gown to your Destination Wedding. Carry it onto the plane and hang in the closet or store in the overhead bin.
Our 48" is the perfect length for coats, dressed, suits and more. What I really like about our new bags is that they are recyclable non-woven polypropylene. I designed the front zipper to allow easy access to hanging garments, the wide gussets allow clothes to hang gently at all times, the material is breathable, machine washable, & water-resistant. There is a small see-through oval window to view easily what is in the bag and I included a front pocket for ID, info, buttons etc.
These bags are very affordable and a simple solution to clothing in the closet. The poly that comes home with your dry cleaning is not recommended for storage of clothing. Protect your clothing. You have made the investment to look good, keep it that way by protecting your items.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
There are several companies out there trying to convince people to preserve their precious garments in plastic boxes or coroplast. Think of plastic bins or the crates that the US Postal Service uses to hold mail and this is exactly what I am referring to. We already know from DLI or the former International Fabricare Institute that to use this type of box: * Humidity must be low when boxing * Cold or humidity can result in localized condensation/mildew * It can cause color migration * It will generate electrostatic charge which damages fibers. I have received many calls over my 17 year career with Foster-Stephens' from brides or dry cleaners dealing with a dress that was in a Foster-Stephens' box and had survived a fire with either just smoke or water damage. These gowns were saved because they were as good as new with a cleaning. The joy was so evident that these treasured memories were rescued that these people would take the time to find someone here at the office to say thank you to. We also know that plastic melts unlike cardboard. When I heard the following story today I was heartbroken for this woman. Many of her precious clothing items and keepsakes could have been saved if only it was packed in cardboard. This wedding gown preservationist said that the woman came in her shop and said she had been living in a condo. Last February, someone in another unit fell asleep with a lit cigarette and fourteen units were destroyed. She had finally for the first time been allowed into what had been her unit. Anything in plastic was not only destroyed due to fire and melted plastic but also smelled horrible. The plastic storage containers in her closet were destroyed with everything in that closet. Although it was very difficult to recognize and find anything in the debris, the bride did know the location of some things that were important to her. She rescued some heirloom bed linens and other things that were hanging in an auxiliary closet. She also rescued some crystal, shoes and a few other things that were packed in paperboard boxes. Fires are devastating as it is. Pack your precious items in cardboard so they at least have a chance of survival. With the expediency of first responders, fires are often under control before destroying everything. Smoke, water and heat damage can be extensive but not enough to destroy cardboard. It will not melt!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Happy New Year Everyone! Let’s hope 2012 is a return to a more stable economy and less worries the world over. Foster-Stephens’ made it through our 75th anniversary with a lot of celebration and plans to move forward for the next twenty five years.
Our new website is now up and running and appears to be a success as we are seeing a lot more traffic than previously. We are also able to offer more choices for embroidery on our muslin items. All of our bags now come with muslin hangers as it is essential to have the proper kind of hanger for long term storage of gowns and other fine textiles.
We will be adding to our muslin line this year due to its popularity. One of the items will be small drawstring muslin bag for small accessories like straps, buttons or beads. These can also be embroidered as a means of handing out a goody bag at a wedding, for personalized gifts for the bridal party or to just hold something special from your wedding day.
We would love to hear from our customers. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and comments.