June 17 @ Without A Trace

Weather will always be up & down in temperature and humidity.  So what are the right fabrics for summer?

There are several for suits, shirts and pants.  This is a global approach but these fabrics are known for certain qualities.

Linen. Linen is an old fabric.  Used in some suits as well as shirts and pants.  Linen has breath-ability, and is comfortable to the touch.  Linen also absorbs moisture while keeping you dry.   Drawbacks is for a suit it wrinkles quickly.

Cotton, is another old fabric that has a legacy of summer wear.  Cotton’s ability to absorb moisture is very high and aids in evaporation of sweat.  It’s loose weave gives it an airy feel.  Downside is it creases, not as bad as linen.

Silk Blends.  Silk isn’t a feminine fabric given it’s history of ties and scarves but technology and new weaves have changed.  Very breathable it keeps warmth in winters and helps skin to evaporate sweat when warm.  In the heat, silk can be annoying because of static charges, it can cling.  Hard to wrinkle but try not to use as single source, silk is shiny.  Always use a blend.

Seersucker Cotton.  It’s unique look goes back to British Colonial days that is all cotton and puckered so it does not cling to your body helping to keep breath-ability.  Puckered cotton is tough to wrinkle, this material has come a long way since the 19th century.

Chambray.  Originally from Europe but highly adapted to US fashion for a long time.  Breathable, airy, perfect for summer as a lightweight cotton.

Alternate Weaves.  Many types of fabrics from alternate materials exist like Hemp to Fresco and are worth exploring.

So many fabrics and so many different types of weaves and patterns which is one of the reasons we ask clients to ship to us your garments to us for an estimate.  Our Master Weavers need to review the material, type of weave and options for repair.

Shipping forms are available to make the process simple.  Give us a call to discuss your garment before you ship.

Enjoy the weather.


Our Services


Using the lost arts of French weaving, inweaving and reknitting, we return damaged clothing to its original condition. Any garment can be ruined by even the smallest of holes or tears. Patching or sewing over the damaged area has never been a subtle repair, leaving the garment ruined. Consider the only true repair alternative for your valuable clothing: reweaving.

Reweaving, also known as invisible mending, is an old-world skill of intricate hand weaving, practically becoming extinct as more businesses turn toward today’s technology. As one of only a handful of reweaving establishments in the entire United States, Without A Trace leads the reweaving field in quality and service with years of expertise.

Leather, Suede & Shearling

Without A Trace knows the proper approach for cleaning your leather, suede and shearling garments. It is not unusual for us to spend several hours per piece. Our expert tailors take great care in repairs and alterations. We can also protect your leather, suede and shearling garments with our stainguard treatment. We pride ourselves on many years of experience on the most expensive garments in the fashion industry. Just listen to what Penn Jillette has to say about our service.  We had no idea it was his leather jacket from the 70’s.


We are experts in fur cleaning and glazing, as well as repairs, alterations and restyling. Furs are cleaned delicately in powders and glazed to restore their luster. We replace linings, hooks and eyes and European hooks. Extend the life of your fur by storing it in our climate-controlled vault. We offer free pick up and delivery for fur storage in the Chicago area, or you can ship to us from anywhere in the country.

Purses & Handbags

Keep your favorite purse in service with cleaning and repair. Purses are cleaned delicately by hand to maintain finish, shape and hardware. Leather purses can be refinished to cover light wear. Replace worn lining, fix broken straps, replace zippers and repair damage to add years to your purse’s life. Consider stainguarding your new purse to protect against water spotting and stains.

Ugg Boots

Nothing takes a beating during an average winter like your favorite boots. We specialize in cleaning Ugg-style shearling boots, removing months of dirt and salt buildup, and conditioning the skins to help maintain their softness. After cleaning, boots are stainguarded free of charge.

Custom Fur Headbands

Add a warm and stylish fur headband to your winter ensemble. A variety of styles and sizes are available.

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Chicago Fur Cleaning & Storage

It’s time to clean and store your fur coat! Cleaning, glazing and storage is $85. Storage-only is $65. Free pick up and delivery, or drop off at either of our Chicago locations.

Best of Chicago 2015 – Best Reweaver

Without A Trace was selected by Chicago Magazine as a winner for Best Reweaver. Thanks for the recognition! It’s been a pleasure serving Chicago’s reweaving and leather needs for over 30 years. If you discovered us through Chicago Magazine, don’t hesitate to stop by one of our locations or give us a call with any questions. If you have an out of town friend that you think may be in need of our services, they can ship to us from anywhere!