Laundering For Hard Collars
Laundries that still do this work:
Barker Laundry Stiff Collar Service in the U.K. Apparently they are good enough, (and on Good exchange rate times, comparatively cheap enough) that many non UK people mail their collars to the U.K. for this service.
Downton Abbey's secret with a starched collar? Ask Alice Allen the woman who was tapped by Barker to essentially revive the dying art of collar pressing.
From a Forwarded letter about Laundering For Hard Collars c.1999:
"I've spoken to the French Hand Laundry (the folks who used to do my wing collars and shirts, when I had them) and the people I remember are still there, they still do the work, and are willing to do a by-mail business. In fact, they do it all the time.
The French Hand Laundry
606 South Lake St.
Pasadena, CA 91106
As I believe I mentioned before, they specialize in one-of-a-kind costumes, designer gowns, wedding dresses and that sort of stuff. They are also, according to my sources, the last place in Northern America to do wing collars and stiff-front shirts the old-fashioned way."
From the Formal Wear Message Board:
"Subject: Cheap Collar cleaners & starchers
The cleaners I take my collars to is:
13 Maryport Street
However, I've just spoken to them and they say they simply send the
collars off to:
0117 954 8213
I apologize for the lack of detail in the addresses, but this is all
they could tell me. I would suggest ringing CPU first and, if you get
no joy from them, try Brooks' again."
How we store & label our collar studs at UAF so our actors don't lose them, and understand what they are for: