Monthly Archives: August 2010

Marleen’s Furniture

Limbert table and chairs: Vintage Charles Limbert inlaid solid quarter-sawn oak dining table from their rare “Ebon-Oak” line. Strong architectural base, accented with ebonized inlay around the edge of the top. The table measures 30″ tall, 48″ diameter and includes 2 original 12″ leaves, total length when leaves are installed is 72″ (6′). Table professionally refinished and in excellent sound condition. Signed with the Limbert brand under the top. c. 1920

Country French Armoire: Total of 2 pieces – hand carved detail on doors, top piece has shelves and drawers, bottom piece has 3 drawers. Top section measures 60″ high by 43″ wide and 18″ deep. Lower chest portion measures 30″ high by 43″ wide and 18″ deep.

Additionally, there is a marble top to fit bottom of armoire that measures 48″ x 27″



Fire, water and smoke — a restoration dry cleaning challenge

We have a lot of emotional specialties here at Meurice. Partially because we like doing different work than everyone else, partially for the thrill of a challenge, but always because its more rewarding to tackle a garment that really means something to someone. Clothing damaged by smoke, fire or water is among the most difficult for us to clean. But, as anyone who’s experienced damage to their home as a result of a fire can tell you, it would be an even bigger challenge to replace an entire wardrobe. Restoration cleaning is a simple step to take to help people who suffered from a fire feel like they’ve gotten their life back.

Here’s a few shots I took of fire-damaged clothing that came in this week. Obviously these photos are before restoration.

Nina Ricci Jacket (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Jacket (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Lace Dress (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Lace Dress (click to enlarge)

Club Monoco Shirt (click to enlarge)

Club Monoco Shirt (click to enlarge)

Banana Republic Shirt (click to enlarge)

Banana Republic Shirt (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Jacket (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Jacket (click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Jacket ( better view of mold, click to enlarge)

Nina Ricci Jacket ( better view of mold, click to enlarge)

Stay tuned for the dramatic restoration!

Just found this pad — how old can it be?

Found this in our 72-year old store at University Place yesterday. I still can’t over the 2-letter, 5-digit phone number! According to Wikipedia these were adopted starting in the 1930s, but it’s hard to imagine an era when those were enough numbers for New York City. We’re certainly come a long way since whenever this pad dates from, but at least the last four digits of our number hasn’t changed!

Old notepad at Meurice Garment Care

Drop your pants… off at Meurice!



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Denim has been an iconic American look for well over 100 years. There’s a good chance the jeans you wear today will still be in style for years to come, and with the right care you’ll be able to find out.

Denim jeans, jackets and shirts may feel rugged and durable, but they’re actually delicate – denim wears thin easily and bleeds indigo dye each time it’s washed. Fear not – Meurice’s pro cleaning team has the know-how and specialized equipment to clean your denim while preserving its look.


If you’ve never brought us your denim before, you’ll be amazed how clean, fresh and comfortable we can make even the most weathered pair of dungarees. And now through August 31st, you’ll save 20 percent off all denim cleaning.


So, give us a call at 800.240.3377 or reply by email when you’ve dropped your pants. We’ll have them back good as new.


Keep clean,

Wayne Edelman

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Do’s and Don’ts to get the most from your denim

Denim care tips

Denim may not have been invented in America, but it certainly became an icon alongside cowboys and miners around the turn of the 20th century. Versatile, timeless and unpretentious, the classic denim jean will never go out of style. A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe essential that can look just as up-to-date decades later –with the proper care.

old blue jeans 18th century

Photo credit: flickr user freeparking

While denim seems to be a very rugged and durable fabric, it’s actually quite fragile. Dyes used in denim can bleed or transfer easily, and the cotton twill used to form denim wears thin more readily than many other textiles.

Considering that a decent pair of jeans can run a few bills, it’s important to take precautions to care for them correctly. Gentle denim care can add years to the lifespan of your favorite jeans. And, of course, if your denim is in need of professional care, Meurice offers comprehensive treatment through both our unique dry cleaning and wet cleaning processes.


Wash, by hand in cold water. It’s best to use a tiny amount of gentle detergent (Woolite is available almost everywhere), or simply plain water. Remember to turn jeans inside out.

Dry cleaning is an easy way to preserve wear. Since dry cleaning is a chemical process, not water based, it doesn’t affect the indigo dye used in most jeans. It’s a great way to remove dirt without causing fading.

Air dry your jeans, even if you haven’t washed them. Denim loves to breathe, and airing out your jeans will help prevent them from getting funky.

Wait as long as possible to wash at home. It’s very difficult to avoid removing dye and wearing fabric when washing at home. Besides, the longer you hold out, the better patina your jeans will develop. Trust us, no one will notice.

Repair damage prior to washing. Tears in jeans can spread quickly, and the agitation of washing will only make things worse. Unless, of course, that’s the look you’re after.

Check the care label. This is good advice for all clothing, but especially jeans, since you may not be 100% sure what the fabric content is (women’s jeans often feature lyrca or other materials, for instance).

Handwashing Jeans

Photo credit: Picasa user Kiley


Spot clean. Cleaning just a blemish can cause areas of discoloration, so wash your entire jeans at once, unless you can live with a less than uniform appearance.

Machine wash. Using a washing machine at low temps won’t necessarily ruin your jeans, but if you really love them, don’t take the chance.

Tumble dry. Never, ever, put your denim jeans in the dryer. They will shrink.

Wash too frequently. It’s not necessary to wash your jeans after every wear, and some denim enthusiasts go for months between cleanings. Air them out to prevent funky smells.

Forget to care for all your denim, not just jeans. Remember denim shirts, jackets and vests are cotton denim too, and require delicate care.

Store improperly. It’s important for denim to breathe, so make sure you don’t pack it too tightly in your closet. Like all garments, denim should be stored away from light, extreme temperatures, and never put away soiled.

Know your denim

Dry Denim is the term for dark, unwashed denim. Also referred to as raw denim, this is usually sold in deep, monochromatic shades. Unlike jeans that have been distressed or pre-treated, these are sold almost straight off the loom

The advantage of buying dry denim is that the break-in process creates a personalized garment – no two jeans wear in quite the same way. As denim gradually ages it can go through many stunning shades of appearance. For the purists, this is the only kind of denim to buy.

Dry denim is harder to care for since it ages so noticeably, and slightly uncomfortable until broken in.  It’s also prone to transferring dye on other (particularly light-colored) textiles and hides.

Raw denim jeans before being worn

Raw denim jeans before being worn

Prewashed denim is generally more comfortable and colorfast. The downside of pre-aged denim is that they are typically worn uniformly by machinery (sanding, stonewashing, bleach, etc) and therefore not particularly personal or unique. Also, since denim becomes thinner with use, prewashed jeans will wear out sooner, no matter how careful you are.

Prewashed denim jeans

Photo credit: Flickr user jvblogger

Cotton Serge. Traditionally, denim was made of pure ‘cotton serge,’ a term for the weaving pattern used to create denim on a loom. Today, jean denim is often blended with other materials.

Stretch Denim. Women’s jeans (and perhaps super-skinny men’s jeans) are often made of this denim blend, commonly 98% cotton and 2% spandex.