Originally Posted by RedLeg
he just assuming I use a lousy dry cleaner because I'm in my early 20's?
Most dry cleaners aren't particularly good. Your age has little to do with it.
They're not particularly good because when it comes to dry cleaning, the vast majority of customers are primarily concerned with the lowest possible price (with quick turn-around time being the secondary consideration). Imagine two cleaners - right next door to each other. The first one does a fantastic job. Chemicals are well monitored and frequently refreshed, pressing is done expertly, a knowledgeable staff that is fluent in the primary language of the majority of its customers, and it's an all 'round class act.
The second one does a terrible job. Contaminated chemicals, pressing disasters, poor communication between customer and staff, etc.
If the second place is 25 cents per item cheaper than the first place, I will practically guarantee that it will thrive (and probably eventually put the first store out of business).
BTW, this explains the success of Zips. At least the Zips in Timonium, MD. (Just up York Rd. from J&J, which is an excellent cleaner. But J&J costs a little more, and doesn't offer same day service.)
Anyway, some materials can shrink a little, even with "dry" cleaning. If you trust your tailor enough to let him cut on your new Purple Line linen jacket, maybe you should trust him enough to believe him when he tells you that it'd be a good idea to get the jacket dry cleaned before tailoring.
Besides, how much extra is it going to cost you? Zips will dry clean and press any garment for just $1.99. And same day service is standard.