The most common mistake is using a thin hanger. The thinnest would be a wire shirt hanger which will ruin any suit jacket’s shoulder. Older thin wooden hangers will also leave a ridge in one’s shoulder padding causing it to look bumpy when worn.
At Christopher’s, we choose one of the larger jacket hangers available for all our customer’s jackets.
The shoulder measurement is 2″ at its widest part. We researched the best hanger to use by interviewing senior manufacturing executives from the world’s best suit manufacturers, including Canali, Jack Victor, and Hugo Boss. It was unanimously agreed that a 2″ hanger was ideal.
The length of the hanger measured straight across is important also. If a hanger is too short, it will cause even more problems.
To determine the length hanger we felt best, when we had our six stores, we took every jacket size we carried (35S to 56XL) and tried different length hangers. The 17″ is actually too short for all but very small shoulder sizes (these small hangers only work for jackets up to about a 38 shoulder). The 19″, on the other hand, with a 2″ shoulder, while a little large for the smaller jackets, works. It maintains the shape of all suits up to the 40-48 range, and actually works well with our larger garments up to approximately a size 52. For our customers with larger shoulders, we actually have larger (20″) hangers specially made exclusively for our big and tall customers.
If your jacket hanger’s shoulder is at least 1 1/2″ in width and 18-19″ in length, you should be OK. If your jacket’s shoulder looks bumpy when on, it might be your hanger. If you can’t find a suitable hanger, we would be pleased to supply our hangers at a cost of $11.95/hanger plus shipping.
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Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom