How many terrible mould stories have you heard?

It’s now June. Summer has finally arrived in Hong Kong, and although humidity is slightly lower than it was in Spring, it is still over 80 per cent average humidity most days.

Humidity is what makes the air feel like a sauna, full of wet steam. Mould thrives in places of high humidity and warmth like walls, inside your wardrobe and even in your shoes. The damper and warmer an area is, the better for those mould spores. Keeping clothing dry and mould free in this weather can be challenging.

Now, what does mould really do? How does it affect us in everyday life? A few friends shared their recent experiences with me:

My best friend got married a couple of weeks ago and the weather was miserable, wet and humid.  I’ve always told myself I would never subject my friends to a summer wedding unless it’s a beach wedding because it is so uncomfortable to wear a formal suit. A few days before the wedding I took my favourite suit out just to see if it needed a pressing. The moment I took it out, I could smell the problem.  It was pretty disgusting to see the suit covered with mould and I kicked myself for not having been more careful.

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I only bought this Boss suit last summer and it was not cheap – more importantly though it fit me so well – I am pretty fussy about my clothes when I bother to dress up.   Can’t afford another suit like that and just wished I had looked after my stuff…ended up borrowing a friend’s suit for the wedding which actually fits me pretty well.  Anyway the wedding was a blast and maybe I should keep my friend’s suit…

Jonathan, age 31, Engineer


 I am a new mother with an adorable baby girl. I have been receiving lots of baby clothes from friends ever since I first got pregnant. Some of them were brand new, some were only worn once or twice.  But I was most looking forward to inheriting my sister’s cache of great baby clothes, luckily she had had both a boy and girl and really spent a fortune on her daughter Jessica’s clothes!  She had carefully packed everything away two years ago and promised to send them to me after I got out of hospital. Picture 2

Tragedy!  She called a couple of days ago to say she got them out of box storage and everything had gotten mouldy and nothing could be saved.  I couldn’t believe it – the humidity in HK is so high that storage is not safe for really nice clothes unless you have 24/7 air-conditioning.  And for my sister to throw all those expensive clothes away, Bonpoint, Jacadi, I knew it was bad.  This episode made me think about my evening gowns and other favourite dresses I haven’t worn in the last 9 months… will they have survived the humidity?

Rebecca, age 28, Designer


 I love my cocktail dresses and work out like crazy to stay fit so I still wear a lot of the dresses I bought 7 years ago (one baby later). I buy them in vintage shops and sample sales and have also been given a few great dresses by bosses who also had babies but changed their size.  Each dress is kinda like a friend and I colour code them in my wardrobe.  But I have to admit that there are a number of items that I forget about and they usually end up crammed together in the back of the wardrobe.  Last week I was invited to Agency of the Year Award and thought my company might pick up an award so I wanted to dress up.  It was Black Tie and I decided to wear a fabulous Givenchy dress. I went to the pink section of my wardrobe and found my favourite dress right at the back…covered in mould. Some of the stains were really dark and there was no way that I could wear it for the event. I will try Jeeves and hope they can rescue the dress, but not sure if I’ll ever wear it again.

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Obviously this isn’t me, and of course it wasn’t the dress I ended up wearing to the Awards ceremony after all the mould ruined it.

Angelica, age 36, Marketing Manager

Have you heard about PAKT?  They manage your clothes, give you top service and take all the hassle out of humidity, mould and heartbreak…  Visit for more details.

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Bespoke women’s wear and bridal gown designer Lisa Redman shares the rules for storing your wedding dress after your big day! 

We all know that your wedding dress really is the most important dress you will ever invest in,and usually the most expensive too! 

Not only is it the most beautiful gown that you have ever worn, it also holds the memories of a lifetime.

Dress designer: Lisa Redman Photographer: Serena Bolton

So taking good care of such a treasured garment is a must if you are keen to preserve them as a future heirloom or simply to reflect on a day like no other. 

Dress designer: Lisa Redman Photographer: Serena Bolton

The day has now flown past and you are off on your honeymoon. 

However, before you fly, you need to make sure that your gown is going to be well looked after so leave it in the capable hands of someone you trust.

And do your research on the best cleaner in town and how best to store it. 

Enlist the help and expertise of a trusted cleaner. 

You may need someone who can hand clean your dress if it is particularly delicate. 

Make sure you are totally comfortable with their work, and check their attention to detail because wedding gowns really do need that extra level of care.

You will need to get it to the dry cleaners as soon as you can. 

Any stains become more and more difficult to remove as time goes by.. So the quicker the better. 

Once you and the dress are back at home, and back to reality you will want to think about storing it long term. 

First, take it out of the plastic garment bag in which it was most likely returned to you by the dry cleaner.

These plastic covers are not good for permanent use as they do not allow the garments to breathe. 

Over time the fabric will deteriorate and drop fibres onto the cloth. They also do not allow for any change in temperature, and in extreme cases can cause condensation and you run the risk of mould growth. 


A large box is a good starting point to store the dress.

However do ensure it is a box fit for purpose and do not use a normal cardboard box to cut corners. 

Most normal boxes contain acid that, when in contact with the dress, causes yellowing and other general discolouration.

The wedding storage boxes are both PH neutral and sturdy enough to eliminate light and protect the garment from any accidents.  

These are easy to track down at PAKT, who can advise and supply you with the right box for your gown. (

PAKT knows how to pack a wedding gown professionally in a proper box.

Make sure the box is large enough to minimize the number of folds. 

Fold the dress neatly, inserting acid free tissue in-between every fold so that no fabric is folded on itself. You do not want to snag the delicate fabric.

You are trying to keep the gown safe from any chance of staining over time,  so seal the air in the box, making sure the lid is tightly secured and fitted.  

It’s a good idea to pack away any other wedding accessories in the same manner, i.e a veil, shoes …  

Follow some basic, sensible guidelines, and keep the dress well away from light, heat, damp and cold. 

Store your box in a room that is not too warm, but above all do ensure it’s a dry space….

Never store your dress in the attic as it creates too many opportunities for a mishap. 

A leaking roof, damp, insects or even worse…

Dress designer: Lisa Redman                     Photographer: Serena Bolton

Once packed up do remember to check on it every six months to let it breath.

Unfolding the dress will also help avoid creasing. If the creases are left over time they become permanent. 

So following those crucial rules should keep your gown preserved, ready to be a future heirloom! 

Keeping the dress as fresh as the memories that will be with you forever.

Photographic credits to Serena Bolton    




Baby- it’s getting mouldy in here…


It is that time of the year in Hong Kong when humidity rises above 70% and everything feels just a little bit damp. It’s getting warm too…perfect conditions for mould to enter our lives…and into our clothes.  You can’t escape the humidity and neither can your clothes.  So how do we tackle mould?  More importantly, how can we prevent mould setting in?  Because once you get mould, it’s difficult to get rid of!


Preventing mould

First step is to try and prevent the damp conditions that help mould flourish.   Luckily, in Hong Kong we have products we can buy to help in the battle against mould.  Key are good ventilation, aircon and dehumidifiers to keep things as dry as possible while maintaining good air flow.  Keep traditional fans in your bathroom and kitchen but buy electrical dehumidifiers for your bedroom, living room and wardrobe space.  Disposable dehumidifiers and silica gel sachets sold in supermarkets or local hardware stores such as Japan Home Stores are also really useful.  These are plastic tubs filled with materials such as charcoal that soak up the humidity and trap the water in the tubs.  Once the tubs are full, you simply throw them away and replace with new ones.  Also for the wardrobes, you can find hanging dessicant/silica gel sachets that do the same job.  However more natural materials such as charcoal are best when they are close to your clothes.  Stylists also recommend heat bars which can be installed in wardrobes but take note that furs, leathers, synthetics and delicates should not be hung close to these heat sources.  A wardrobe that is overstuffed will encourage mould to grow as there needs to be breathing space between your clothes.


Getting rid of mould

Ok, so you get out your favourite piece of clothing and find it covered with mould and smelling less than fragrant (the smell of mould is musty like a damp and dirty basement, one of the worst smells…) What do you do?  First of all check the label to see what cleaning care is recommended.  If it is dry clean only, then any home remedy cleaning is not applicable, you will need to send the garment over to the dry cleaners to get it professionally cleaned.

A soaking in one of these amber rainstorms really kills shoes and clothes.  The high humidity just doesn’t let stuff dry out properly.  So you may not have thought that natural sunlight not only is an inexpensive and pretty effective way of drying stuff out but fresh air also helps deodorize – simply air the garment and then brush off any loose mould or even gently vacuum the mould off the garment with a hoover that has a HEPA filter.  This is probably the least invasive cleaning method.   However a word of warning – strong sunlight can fade colours so be careful of which garments you leave out in the sun.


Rub in a mould stain remover and/or scrub it off with a toothbrush – There are several products you can try.  Apply the solution to the mould stain. If the fabric is tough, like cotton or denim, you can try gently scrubbing off the mould with a clean toothbrush. Just remember you are attacking fabric and not floors – so be gentle.

Wash at the hottest recommended temperature with a good detergent – Hot water has the best chance of killing mould spores, but remember to follow the care label’s instructions to avoid ending up with a bigger mess than when you originally started.


What sort of anti-mould products?

There are several products you can try, however, not all are suitable for all fabrics.  To be safe, test the product on an inconspicuous part of the fabric first and follow the safety precautions detailed in the product’s label.  Remember to read both the label on the product as well as the tag on your clothing!


  • Household soap – For old stains, everyday household soap, either liquid or in bar form, can be rubbed in directly and rinsed out with water. Then leave the fabric in the sun to dry.
  • White Distilled Vinegar – An excellent mould-killer, diluted vinegar can be worked directly into the stain – or you can pre-soak the clothing in a bucket of water mixed with one cup of vinegar. You can also add 1-2 cups of vinegar to your washing machine per cycle to kill any mildew odours and brighten your whites.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Mix 1 part 20% hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water to create a solution. This should only be used on organic fabrics (cotton, linen, etc.) that aren’t flame-resistant or don’t have easy-care finishes.
  • Borax – This water-soluble mineral is also a natural mould-killer, which you can buy as a detergent or in powder form. If you get it as a powder, mix one half cup thoroughly with hot water according to the instructions. Then add the solution directly into the drum of your washing machine, and launder the clothes as normal.
  • Bleach – Bleach is effective at killing mould, but it will also fade colours. So use bleach only on whites or colour-fast clothes, by pre-soaking or scrubbing directly onto the mould itself. Always follow the product instructions, wear rubber gloves, and work in a well-ventilated area away from children, as bleach fumes can be harmful! Always be responsible and remember to store the bleach in a secure cupboard out of the reach of children or pets.


So there you go, hopefully we have given you some ways to tackle the dreaded mould.  However, remember, if in doubt do seek professional help.  Best remedy is however TLC for your clothes to start with – so space between your clothes, dehumidifiers, aircon as well as simple fans to get the air circulating.  Enjoy the spring and summer…

xxx PAKT team

Please note that some of these images do not belong to us and belong to the original photographers who did the hard work!


Carla’s fur drama in Hong Kong and how PAKT saved the day!

“I never realised what humidity could do to fur in HK … What do you do with a fur coat that is stained and damaged?  PAKT saved the day!” Carla told us.

Q: So what is your PAKT fur story?

One of my best friends in the US inherited this huge fox fur coat and as she doesn’t like or wear fur, she passed it on to me and I was thrilled.  But it’s not the kind of coat that I had many opportunities to wear, living in HK.  Not unless I was planning to go to Siberia in January…which I never did but even worse, it made me look huge!  See Rihanna wearing a very similar coat below.

I knew that storing the fur at home with the humidity wasn’t a good idea but couldn’t think of too many options.  But I thought if I got it slightly altered, that might just make it more wearable.  The alterations lady removed the sleeves and shoulder pads but it still didn’t feel right and I just couldn’t find the opportunity to wear it.

I’m the kind of girl however who if I don’t have an occasion to wear something,  I will create the occasion for it  Voila,  I decided to have a “Movie Characters” themed birthday party and go as Cruella De Vil with fur and stiletto heels.

I parted my hair in the middle and used black hair spray on one side and white on the other.  I made a big splash at the party and was happy partying…until…I stared with horror at myself in the mirror and saw that the left side of my coat collar was all stained in black!

In the shock, I stupidly tried to wash it off with a towel and water.  Not a good idea as the coat didn’t seem to dry out very well and I guess the humidity had gotten to it already.  Anyway, in a couple of days, patches of fur started to fall from the coat collar…

I knew that I would not be able to wear it like that and really didn’t know what to do until I spoke to PAKT, a wardrobe concierge to collect and store it for me.  I wasn’t quite ready to give it away!

PAKT did a brilliant job – PAKT not only took a professional mannequin photo of it and added it to my online catalogue but gave me a condition report and kindly offered to introduce me to a furrier who could restore and restyle the garment.  PAKT accompanied me to the furrier as he did not speak much English and helped me explain the situation.

The furrier was professional and very patient and suggested that we cut the coat shorter and use the spare fur to rebuild the collar.  A couple of weeks later it was ready and I am so happy with the results.  You can see the before and after pictures of the coat.

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Q:  So after the PAKT TLC… did it become a new coat?  Tell us what it looks like now.

I love the result, the collar looks perfect again and with the short style I can wear it next winter, even here in HK.

Q:   Could you tell us more about PAKT’s end to end service?

I was dying to see the coat but just didn’t have the time to collect the coat myself so PAKT collected, paid for it and delivered it to my office.  The process was seamless and customer service attentive, personal and reliable.

Q:   Please tell me more about yourself.

 I am a Personal Stylist with a very hectic lifestyle rushing all over HK working with private clients, boutiques and managing events.

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I assist private individuals such as professionals and socialites with their wardrobes and do a lot of personal shopping for them in Hong Kong and in Singapore.   I also organise events regularly in collaboration with other lifestyle brands in both countries.

I have a big walk in closet at my home in HK but I don’t like to have my attention diverted by clothes that are out of season when I am getting ready in the mornings.  I hate the feeling of all that ‘seasonal’ clutter so even though things happen/ change very quickly in my life ( last minute trips/ events, etc) .. ,  I am comfortable knowing that PAKT really delivers an excellent bespoke service and can also deliver items at short notice when I need them, in fact on demand.

Q:   Any other words of advice or…?

Yes! I am so very impressed with PAKT’s customer service and love their vision about expert clothing care combined with all the convenience of a digital wardrobe. I have been raving about it non stop to clients and friends.

Now winter is over I will have it collected and safely stored by PAKT until I travel to a cold climate country again. Perhaps NYC for Xmas… PAKT just emailed me that they have a special fur offer and if you do it in the next month, you get a free month’s storage.

(Please note that some of these images are not owned by Wardrobe Therapy by Pakt and are the brilliant work of individual artists…)

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Leather Care 101

We talked about fur care in our first post and now let’s move onto another potential disaster area in our wardrobe… LEATHER.  This covers everything from leather jackets, trousers, skirts to shoes and handbags.  It is also a problem for men and women!  Leather actually ends up constituting a large part of a person’s wardrobe.  Like anything stored in our home wardrobe in HK, it is susceptible to damp and mould.  With current March down pours, this might be something you should read now!

In Hong Kong, one of the problems that we all face with leather items is our fight against humidity.  As we race through the early part of the year (this year has sped by so fast has it not?), we are getting into the humid and sorry to remind you, wet months.  How many times have you picked up a pair of shoes, a hand bag, a leather jacket, leather trousers, dress or skirt and found that nasty green mould on it.  The smell too!.  You think a good wipe with a damp cloth to clean away the green stuff and then pat dry will get rid of the problem but unfortunately, mould is stubborn and comes back.

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The Biker Jacket is a staple in both men’s and women’s wardrobe and are usually the first victim’s to Hong Kong’s humidity and mould

Leaving dehumidifiers and air conditioners on 24/7 is of course an option but not only is it expensive but detrimental to the environment.  So what steps can we do to minimise that awful mould?

First thing to remember, leather is skin.  It sounds horrible but it is true.  Women spend vast amounts on skin care products for their faces and bodies and so leather needs some TLC too.

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you need to buy skincare products for your leather pieces.  What we are saying is that you need to treat leather like skin.  This means using products that help leather keep supple and maintain its natural oils.  An interesting fact is that when we touch leather, the natural oils in the leather transfer to our own skin and deteriorate the leather!

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Men take note, your leather items need TLC too!

So what to do…?

Prevention is your first step!

Remember that prevention is always better than a cure.

If your leather clothing is still brand new and unworn, make sure you protect your investment before wearing it out. Think about it—you wouldn’t drive an uninsured car, right?

Spending just five minutes waterproofing your leather garment (saving you heartache in the future!) will help protect from water damage such as rain, but also make the fabric more resistant to stains (a second plus point!)  We have heard good things about Meltonian Water & Stain Protector.  A word of warning, with any products, do a spot test somewhere not obviously visible to make sure it doesn’t leave any unwanted marks or cause discolouring.

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Remember to spot test any product on coloured leather just in case…

If it’s too late, and you’ve already worn your leather out without waterproofing, just skip right to steps two, and then circle back to step one right at the end of your process. It also doesn’t hurt to re-waterproof every few months, after you clean your jacket (key word here is maintenance!)

Naturally dry water stains!

If you accidentally get caught in the rain, or spill some water on yourself… DO NOT PANIC!  Putting in a tumble dryer or drying the wet spot with a hair dryer will make things worse!  The direct heat will damage the leather. Instead, we recommend you hang the damp piece somewhere light and airy and allow water to dry out naturally.

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Remember naturally dry water stains…

Alcohol can remove stains… 

This is mainly for those who have light coloured leather such as a cream/beige jacket.  The heartbreaking moment when you are wearing that jacket and your pen breaks and ink gets on that creamy beautiful leather.  Do not panic, actually plain old rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) has been know to remove ink stains from smooth leather.  Suede on the other hand, you will need your dry cleaner!  If you try to remove the stain yourself, use a white cotton cloth (dyed cloth the colour on the cloth may run) soaked with alcohol and blot the stain gently until the ink has faded. Be careful here, scrubbing too hard could actually fade the color of your leather.

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Leather needs work to keep it looking so sharp…

Other Stains can sometimes be hand-washed…

Blood stains can be hand washed and should be done immediately.  If not,

Leather will become brittle and begin to smell.

Hand wash in warm water.

  • Use baby shampoo, mild soap or fabric softener.DO NOT use laundry detergent.
  • Gently squeeze the water from the leather clothing or leather lingerie. Do not twist or wring as this can cause the garment to crease or wrinkle.
  • Make sure to completely dry all metal fittings or they can rust.
  • Lay out flat ona clean, dry towel to soak up extra moisture. Dry at room temperature without direct heat. It can take 48 – 72 hours to dry depending on the garment.
  • Apply leather conditioner with a soft cloth. Be sure to remove all excess leather conditioner. Do not apply leather conditioner to the suede side of leather.
  • Always store in a well ventilated area.

A quick freeze can help freshen your leather item!

After a few wears, your leather clothing will probably be begging for a clean, but might not be quite ready for a trip to the dry-cleaner. To remove odor, kill lingering bacteria, and give the piece a general freshen-up, simply wrap your leather in a plastic bag and pop it in the freezer overnight.

Leather conditioner is your best friend…

Remember what we talked about earlier about skin care for leather?  This is it!  Leather conditioner is your friend in this matter.  Word of warning here, chose your product carefully, any conditioning products that contain petroleum or mineral oils as these may in fact damage leather over time.  Also make sure you do a spot test in case there are adverse effects.  Note of warning: leather conditioner should not go on suede.  Also avoid leather conditioners which leave a greasy, thick residue, as conditioners generally should be absorbed by the leather quickly.

Store in a cool dry place…

Do not fold your leathers as those creases will stay.  Ideally, hang your leather garments on hangers but avoid metals ones.  Do not cover your leather garments in plastic covers but breathable fabric ones.

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Follow our guidelines and you could keep your leather statement pieces to wear again and again…


x PAKT team


Please note that these images do not belong to us and belong to the original photographers who did the hard work!




The sun is starting to come out and we look towards packing up our winter wardrobe and getting some much needed space back into our lives...  One of the quintessentially classic items of winter wear is fur that exudes elegance, luxury and wealth.  Let’s be honest, a fur also does come with a hefty price tag and is definitely an investment. 

Furs are all about luxury, elegance, wealth and class…
Therefore care and maintenance of fur is KEY.  Actually that’s also true for your designer faux fur and of course leather.  Fur is especially tricky since you need to maintain the health of the actual fur but also the leather (or animal skin) underneath it.  If you get caught in the rain, it is always best to shake the fur first and let it dry naturally.  Hang it up but definitely not next to a radiator!  But otherwise humidity and chronic damp needs to be avoided as much as possible as it will not only cause the fur to come away from the leather underneath but damage the leather itself.  Mould eats away at a fur coat surprisingly quickly and you will be left unfortunately with remnants of what was once a beautiful lush fur. 

So what to do?  First thing, a dry cleaner cannot 
always help you (unless they specialise in fur).  You need to go to a fur specialist and here in HK, there are very few fur specialists.  Fortunately, we at PAKT (www.pakt.hkwork closely with one who works miracles with furs.  One of our clients had her fur coat disintegrate due to humidity with clumps of fur falling off the coat.  Our furrier resurrected what was seemingly a hopeless case of damp and mould into a restored fur vest.  Your specialist should be able to give you a condition report which points out any areas of concern and suggest what further steps need to be taken.  There are obviously care products which are used to help maintain your furs in cases of damp or humidity affected furs.  Traditional methods usually contain powders such as corn starch, walnut shells or even corn cobs! 

TLC is your fur coat’s best friend, if maintenance is done on a yearly basis i.e. get that professional condition report, either specialist cleaning so that all minute dirt or potential abrasive particles are removed or specialist repairs of any small tears or faults, and then stored in a 24/7 air conditioned and humidity controlled, dust and odour free environment, your fur will last and remain beautiful.  It is like an annual doctor’s check up but for your fur. 


Annual Check Ups keep your furs looking beautiful

So now we have covered the biggest problem of fur care: damp and high humidity.  We also need to be careful of the opposite which is storing in an overly dry environment.  If a fur has been stored in very dry conditions ( a word of warning here cedar wood wardrobes or cedar wood balls may keep away mites but will actually suck out all moisture from your furs), the leather will become dry and brittle.  Also cleaning too often or unnecessarily is drying for a fur. 

So now we have covered the biggest problem of fur care: damp and high humidity.  We also need to be careful of the opposite which is storing in an overly dry environment.  If a fur has been stored in very dry conditions ( a word of warning here cedar wood wardrobes or cedar wood balls may keep away mites but will actually suck out all moisture from your furs), the leather will become dry and brittle.  Also cleaning too often or unnecessarily is drying for a fur.

So here we come to the most important part – storage when the weather turns warm and you don’t need your fur.  In fact for storage there are specific ideal conditions for storage for furs.  Furs have to be kept in “cold storage” as much as possible.  NOT room temperature.  Why? Because as the temperature decreases, molecules slow down. With such “biological” materials such as fur,  the less molecular activity, the slower the biodegradation process. However, this does not mean freezing it, if it is too cold, materials such as furs can expand and tear or become brittle and crack. The right cold storage means that fur and leather materials remain supple and pliable due to the natural oils being maintained and a slower evaporation rate. Once the oils are depleted from fur or leather it can tear as easily as tissue paper. 

So what are the ideal conditions for storage?  Professional 24/7 storage facilities are who you should turn to.  However, for your peace of mind, be sure you can visit the facilities to make sure it has the optimal conditions for fur storage. 

Here is a quick list of what you should look for (as recommended by the Fur Care Organisation):

▪ Between 2°c – 10°c is optimal, but any temperature under 13°c is worthwhile.

▪ Humidity controlled around 55%

▪ Vermin and insect proof

▪ Secure premises

▪ No U.V. light exposure

▪ Ample space for each garment

▪ Easily accessible (you may want your garment for an event or suddenly cold weather)

So there you go.  Fur care 101.

The key points that you have to remember are: regular maintenance and professional storage such as what we offer at PAKT.  These points will help you maintain that beautiful fur for many years to come.  Feel free to come and visit us and check out our fur storage.


xPAKT Team…

(Please note that these images are not owned by Wardrobe Therapy by Pakt and are the brilliant work of individual artists…)