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post #46 of 58
Phil-Madame Paulette any good from your experience?Cost me my left leg for a suit clean? (Hallak already took my right one! :-)
post #47 of 58
Both are good but they are pricy. I have sent my bespoke stuff there; my "regular" stuff I just used with an old gentleman (actually I think he used to be a bespoke tailor in the old days in Italy) on 65th between 1st and 2nd.
post #48 of 58
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Phil-Madame Paulette any good from your experience?Cost me my left leg for a suit clean? (Hallak already took my right one! :-)

Oh, Hallak. I live near their plant in Jersey and used them once to clean a suit. $47 to clean a suit!!! They did a nice job, but really? That's crazy! Are there many places in the city in that ball park?
post #49 of 58
Madame Paulette have always been among the best in the city ( dating back to when there were many quality cleaners in town), while Hallak were run of the mill until the 80's when the son ( or grandson, I forget) took over and upped their game to compete with Madame Paulette.
post #50 of 58
Glad to have found this thread.
So what is the consensus - Madame Paulette or Hallak for a good suit pressing (by hand)?
Has anyone used Alpian's on 48th Street for this?
post #51 of 58
For a decent mid priced cleaners, Ms Buffy's on 55th & 8th is fine. Not high end, but they do a good job and didn't ruin any of my stuff.

I would take $2K+ jackets, $500+ pants, etc, to Madamme Paulette or similar. 20 extra bucks (or whatever it is) is worth it for the peace of mind / risk mitigation.
post #52 of 58

Out of the topic, any recommendation for a really good dry cleaner in Seattle and upper area? 

 

Not necessary to be super expensive but must be able to take care of designer' clothes

post #53 of 58
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Out of the topic, any recommendation for a really good dry cleaner in Seattle and upper area? 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/18006/seattle-cleaner
post #54 of 58

It would seem like the best ones are Meurice Garment Care, Jeeves, Hallak, and Madame Paulette.  I have also heard good things about  Cameo Cleaners.  Does anyone have any experience with them?

 

More important, it  seems like it is very difficult to find a dry cleaner in New York that is very good without being exorbitantly expensive. There must be some.  Would appreciate any further input. 

post #55 of 58
It takes a significant investment in skilled artisans, equipment and facilities and many years of fine tuning to craft a true quality fabricare process that produces a true quality garment. In fabricare, there is simply no such thing as "great quality at an affordable price".

I'd go one step further. Any dry cleaner who claims to deliver "great quality at an affordable price" has probably no clue as to what constitutes a true quality fabricare process. What's more, I'd bet that they have probably never spent a minute observing the cleaning process inside a true quality cleaner's operational facility.

If "great quality at an affordable price" were achievable, Denny's would be the go to place for fine steaks and Ruths Chris and Mortons would be ghost towns. And all the fine tailors and shirt makers in London, New York, Naples and Florence would be working for Shanghai Quality Custom Tailors.

Just my opinion... for what it's worth.
Edited by stubloom - 11/13/14 at 7:16am
post #56 of 58
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It takes a significant investment in skilled artisans, equipment and facilities and many years of fine tuning to craft a true quality fabricare process that produces a true quality garment. In fabricare, there is simply no such thing as "great quality at an affordable price".
Yep, the elite cleaners all seem to operate their own facilities while the vast majority send their clothes out to huge plants that service dozens, even hundreds of cleaners. You get what you pay for.
post #57 of 58

The problem is sorting the wheat from the chaff.  There must be some small cleaners in New York that take pride in their work, know what they are doing and do not charge exorbitant prices.  The problem is finding them.  There must be some people here who know who they are.

 

For example, I have an excellent shoemaker that is in midtown and does excellent work at reasonable prices.  If only I could find a cleaner like that. 

post #58 of 58
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 There must be some small cleaners in New York that take pride in their work, know what they are doing and do not charge exorbitant prices.  The problem is finding them.  There must be some people here who know who they are.
Sorry, but what you're hoping for simply does not exist.
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