Monthly Archives: December 2010

Faux Fur Is Warm, Sexy, and Animal Free. Meurice’s Guide to Faux Fur.

Sexy faux fur coat

Last week I wrote about the wonders of faux leather and pleather. Thanks to recent weather conditions, meaning our crazy blizzard we just had, I felt a major urge to write about an even more fitting piece of fashion. For anyone who has ever bought a winter coat, hat or boots, you should be more than familiar with faux fur. This amazing creation has evolved tremendously since its inception. No longer is it just additional trim on fashion items but whole garments are being crafted out of it. It’s less expensive, easier to clean and animal friendly compared to natural fur and it’s being used more and more by major fashion houses.

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Happy Holidays Penny Sale from Meurice!

Happy Holidays from Meurice Garment Care. As a token of our appreciation, and to show our holiday spirit, starting Sunday December 26th till Friday December 31st, bring in any three like items to be cleaned and get the third cleaned for 1 penny!

  • All items must be presented together ( No rain checks).
  • Offer valid for the least expensive item of the three.
  • May not be combined with any other offer.
  • Valid for incoming orders only


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or give us a call at 800.240.3377 today to schedule your pickup.

Happy New Year, Keep Clean!

Wayne Edelman

Meurice’s Guide To Pleather! Pleather is always in!

FAUX LEATHER MODELS

Models wearing faux leather

Winters in New York City

Other than wool coats there is one think you are guaranteed to see, A LOT! That is leather and Faux Leather or “Pleather”. Faux leather is fantastic. A favorite from rocker girls, to hipsters, to NYU & FIT fashionistas, pleather is everywhere. Its less expensive than real leather so you dont have to worry if you get a tear or scuff, it looks almost exactly the same, modern faux leather even feels almost indistinguishable from real leather, if your socially conscience you don’t have to wear dead animals and still look chic and sexy, and most important of all, its much easier to clean and care for.

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux Leather Leggings

History Of Faux Leather

Fashionable Girl wearing Faux Leather Jacket

Fashionable Girl Wearing Faux Leather Jacket

Under the name artificial leather, faux leather was originally  designed as an alternative leather substitue for upholstery. Some early faux leathers were made with a web of  “calico” fabric, coated with boiled linseed oil and mixed with pigments. These were then layered, and spread over cotton and pressed with rollers. It then was passed through  various embossing rollers to give it a specific grain.

Types Of Faux leather

faux leather clothing

Poromeric Imitation Leather

Sometimes referred to as poromerics, poromeric imitation leather are a group of synthetic “breathable” leather substitutes made from plastic coating ( usually polyurethane) on a fibrous base layer ( typically polyester). The term “Poromeric” was coined by DuPont . The first Poromeric material was DuPont’s discontinued  Corfam which was introduced in 1963. Corfam’s advantages over natural leather were its durability, high gloss finish and ease of clean. Its disadvantages were its lack of breathability, stiffness and confusion with other faux leathers. Corfam is still used today on many materials after it was sold to a Polish company in 1971.

Koskin

Koskin is the material that is most widely used on a variety of CD/DVD sleeve cases, and laptop carrying bags.

Leatherette

Faux Leather Jacket

Faux Leather Jacket

Leatherette is a form of artificial leather, usually made by covering a fabric base with plastic. The fabric can be made of a natural or a synthetic fibre which is then covered with a soft PVC layer.

Leatherette is one of the more popular materials for faux leather jackets, faux leather goth and nightclub wear, faux leather leggings, faux leather pants, bags, shoes and much more.

A disadvantage of plastic “leatherette” is that it is not porous and does not allow air to pass through it; thus, sweat can accumulate if it is used for clothing, car seat coverings, etc. One of its primary advantages, especially in cars, is that it requires little maintenance in comparison to leather, and does not crack or fade as easily.

During a fire, leatherette may cause serious skin damage, because it burns more vigorously than leather and can melt

Faux Leather Care

Faux leather is great because it is pretty easy to clean with just water and detergent. I would always test on a small area before you go ahead with the rest of the piece.

1. You can mix up some liquid dish detergent with warm water in a bucket and use a soft bristle brush to scrub your garment and then rinse with cold water. You may want to check if your garment can be machine washed. I would probably stay away from machine washing as it can start to wear on the finish. If your afraid to clean it yourself, you can always call some professionals who can take great care of it for you.

2. Make sure you HANG DRY!!! It is very important to hang dry and not machine dry because faux leather is made of PVC or some other kind of synthetic fabric and will either shrink and distort or melt. You could end up ruining other clothes by getting melted pieces of PVC on them.

3. Even though this material is not real leather, it can definitely crack and distort. I would find some PVC moisturizer and use that in small areas. You are going to want to make sure you keep your “Faux Leather” garments clean and not wash them too often. Over time the finish of the material can start to become brittle and flake right off. I personally have had this happen to shoes I wore only after a month.

Holiday Special. 20% Off On Linen Care

Just a reminder that we are running a holiday special. Ensure that your bed and table linens are looking pristine when your family comes to visit this season. Follow THIS LINK to download the coupon.

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Mail Order Ties Cleaning Open For Business.

We here at Meurice Garment Care are always looking to expand our reach to our customers. We are also looking to lead in inovation in the cleaning industry. We are proud to launch our new initiative. Http://www.Garmentcare.com/ties is now open for business. Follow the link to mail in your dirty ties and get them cleaned and mailed back to you in a lighting speed of time.

Meurice’s Guide to VELVET

Velvet High Fashion Garment

High Fashion Velvet Garment

VELVET

When one thinks of velvet, visuals of tacky 70s leisure suits and renaissance fairs come to mind. This is both indicative of and a far departure from the fabric’s original connection with royalty and luxury. No other fabric has undergone transitions in manufacturing or in social context like velvet—leaving us to wonder: What is this mysterious fabric and how did it gain its reputation?

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SPANDEX GARMENT CARE!

I love it, you love it, we all love SPANDEX!

It is such a versatile fabric. From cycling, to swimming, to running and football, its great for both men and women for all types of athletic activities for its compressive qualities. Its grown in popularity since the 50s as a hot fashionable item for women to wear instead of pants. Spandex is just great. The following article I will cover some of the history of this great product and how to properly care for it.

FABRIC FACTS

Spandex is an elastic ?ber produced from a long chain polymer consisting of polyurethane. Elastic materials support and shape the body. This property is called “holding power”. It means that the fabric stretches over the body, drawing in or ?rming the body as the fabric contracts. This characteristic gives Spandex an advantage over other stretch fabrics, such as knits and stretch yarns which allow ease of wear to stretch out but does not have the ability to snap back as does Spandex. Spandex yarns may be similar to rubber yarns and coatings but differ in many respects. Spandex is different chemically and is superior to rubber in resistance to sunlight, weather, abrasion, solvents and ?exing. The ?bers can be produced with different degrees of stretch. The ?ber may be a mono-?lament or multi-?lament ranging from ?ne to coarse. Spandex can be used uncovered or covered with other textile yarns in both woven and knitted garments for men, women and children. Denims, jeans and khakis using Spandex yarns are gaining popularity. Spandex is also commonly used for waistbands of men’s trousers, women’s slacks and the bodice and waistline area of dresses and gowns. The most common trade name for Spandex is Lycra produced by DuPont.

Spandex Swatches

FABRIC PROBLEMS

Shrinkage; Although Spandex is the minority portion of a garment, the manufacturing processing sets up the potential for shrinkage. During manufacture the fabric or yarn is stretched. The weave or knitting construction may temporarily lock in or create a stabilized fabric. The consumer and cleaner is not aware the fabric has potential for a great deal of shrinkage when subjected to the heat and mechanical action of wear, dry cleaning or wet cleaning. This shrinkage potential is more prevalent on cotton, linen, rayon and tencel blended with Spandex. The technical staff at DuPont works with manufacturers in an attempt to overcome this problem. Yarn Snapping: Spandex yarn can be manufactured in various ways and can be made with ?ne or heavier yarn. After repeated wearing and contact with body oils, perspiration, ?exing and cleaning the yarn can weaken causing loss of elasticity and stretching. Sometimes the yarn snaps and causes ?bers to protrude from the weave of the fabric.

SPANDEX IN POP CULTURE

hair band

During the 1970s and 1980s, spandex leggings rose in popularity among many rock and heavy metal bands, particularly New Wave of British Heavy Metal and American glam metal bands. The main reasons for this massive, almost universal, embracement of spandex among rock/metal bands was because spandex retained its stretchy, tight fitting quality, even after extended wear. Denim jeans and leather strides tended to sag and wear, while spandex did not. Also, the stretchiness of the material did not constrict musicians’ movement onstage, allowing them to perform high kicks, or to rest their feet on monitors. Some of the rock/metal bands who used spandex leggings included Queen, Ratt, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Stryper, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Twisted Sister. By the beginning of the 1990s and the decline of glam metal with the advent of grunge and thrash metal, spandex fell out of fashion and many older glam bands found themselves being referred to as “spandex jockeys”.

Today there has been a resurgence in spandex wear thanks in part to popular music and fashion trends like the “hipster” culture. Spandex can be found being worn on every sidewalk of any major metropolitan area. From New York to Paris, Montreal, LA to London, spandex is everywhere.

lin lo spandex

SPANDEX CARE

To retain maximum shape and flexibility, spandex should be hand washed only, using lukewarm water and mild detergent, such as Woolite or Deft.

Never twist or wring Spandex when washing, but gently knead the garment and rinse thoroughly with cool, clear water.

Again to retain maximum shape and flexibility, Spandex should not be placed in the dryer. Air dry by either placing on a flat surface.

Avoid ironing Spandex. If you deem ironing to be absolutely necessary, use the lowest temperature setting and place a pressing cloth between the garment and the iron, making sure to iron very quickly (leaving the iron too long in one position, or allowing it to rest directly on the fabric can seriously damage the fabric).

You can dry clean some Spandex but make sure the label instructs you to (dry cleaning can temporarily swell the fibers, misshaping the garment. Plus, the fibers tend to hold the odor of dry cleaning solutions).

History And Care of RAYON.

RAYON

As the oldest manmade fiber, Rayon has been in existence for over 100 years. Originally devised as a cheaper alternative to silk, Rayon is a versatile fabric made from natural substances such as wood pulp and plant cellulose. The result is a semi-synthetic, versatile fabric that carries many of the same characteristics of all natural fibers (such as silk, wool, cotton and linen).

Over the course of time, improvements to the processing of Rayon have produced a few variations of the original fiber. These derivatives include: High Wet Modulus (HWM Rayon), High Tenacity Rayon and Cupramonium Rayon. While these materials have applications in the biomedical and other industrial fields, the majority of Rayon is produced for apparel and household furnishing.

Rayon Swatches

Most garments are manufactured by using either “regular rayon” or HWM rayon. “Regular rayon,” or rayon that is made without any additives is known as viscose. HWM rayon’s differentiation lies in the way it is produced; it is subjected to a modified process, in which it’s exposure to caustic chemicals is reduced and the fiber is stretched to a greater degree than viscose rayon.

Viscose is a favorable fabric due to its soft feel, capacity to absorb moisture (up to 50% more than cotton), and ability to be easily dyed. Viscose, especially those fabrics with fine fibers, drapes wonderfully. Rayon can also withstand a higher heat threshold than other synthetic or semi-synthetic fibers. Yet, like wool or silk, viscose rayon has very little stability when wet, and can lose up to 70% of its original strength. Consequently, when viscose rayon is saturated, it has the propensity to shrink (by as much as 10%), as well as distort the original shape of the garment. This characteristic also makes it a poor fabric to hold pleats or a wrinkled appearance. Additionally, viscose rayon is a poor insulator and is not conducive for trapping body heat.

Rayon Scarf

HWM Rayon is also known as Model or Lyocell. These fibers are manufactured with the same materials as viscose rayon, but are processed in a way that adds resiliency. The result is a fabric that has the same “natural” feel, but with the ability to withstand water and saturation. Most HWM rayon’s are blended with natural fibers to give a silkier appearance and hand, or to improve strength.

HWM rayon’s may be machine washable (check the care label to be sure), but with a few precautions: Always use cold or lukewarm water. Never wring or twist the garment. Either hang on a non-rust hanger or lay flat to dry. If you are pressing the garment at home, turn the clothing inside out and iron on low to moderate heat setting.
For the best care, it is recommended that all rayon fabrics be dry cleaned, due to the fabric’s low tensile strength when wet and dry cleaning’s ability to preserve color.

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Garmentcare.com/Ties Officially Launches TODAY!

Garment Care Ties

We here at Meurice have been hard at work on a new Garment Care initiative. Starting today we will have a new addition to the Meurice website. December 6th 2010 Meurice Garment Care proudly announces the launch of Garmentcare.com/ties. Our new one stop shop for web based dry cleaning devoted entirely to cleaning your silk tie. Ties are a nightmare to clean. Just google tie cleaning and you will find stories from burn silk to permanently wrinkled ties. With the new launch of our site we have made the process very simple for you to get great service for your tie, no matter where in the country you live. Just sign up for an account, fill out the credit card form, download your shipping label and mail us your tie/ties. We then will give them the Garment Care treatment and mail them back to you looking better than new. For more information please visit Garmentcare.com/ties. This will make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. Below is our official press release. Have a read.


New York, New York, November 10, 2010

Fly-In Ties: First Tie Cleaning Shipping Service via Internet

Wayne Edelman, president of New York’s premier specialty dry cleaning service, “Meurice Garment Care”, is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first interactive tie cleaning service this November. With over 60 years in the business, Meurice Garment Care has earned the reputation as one of the world’s leading providers of high end garment care.  Since taking over the family business in 1985, Wayne has become renowned for his expertise and zeal for quality when caring for some of the world’s most expensive textiles.  From Princess Diana’s gowns, to pieces for Christie’s Auction House, Wayne has gained a passion for restoring fine garments to their original condition.

The first to coin the term “Garment Care” to distinguish his level of expertise and professionalism for dry cleaning, Wayne is now ready to extend that same level of quality and service to the web.

Before someone sees your car or your house, they see your tie. Few clothing accessories denote style, luxury, and prominence like a great silk tie. They are an important investment and can reflect the wearer’s personality or preferred image, and help to draw attention towards their face, leading to better communication. Ties are the first articles of clothing to get dirty and they are a known haven for germs when worn by doctors. From burnt silk to permanent wrinkles, ties are a nightmare to clean and are often neglected.

Whether you’re in a “bull market”, “bear market” or flue epidemic, Meurice Garment Care has made it easy for you to stay ahead of the pack. With the launch of garmentcare.com/ties, you will have the ability to get all of your ties cleaned in three simple steps. Just register an account and enter how many ties you’re getting cleaned, print your UPS label and drop it off. Return Shipping is free; the only thing you pay for is the price for initial shipping and cleaning. The service also extends itself to your designer scarves as well.

Garmentcare.com/ties will be another pioneering effort from a recognized leader in the garment care industry. This is the first model to successfully integrate dry cleaning services with Internet accessibility.

For more information please call

Wayne Edelman

CEO

Meurice Garment Care

Wayne@Garmentcare.com

www.Garmentcare.com/ties

718.328.0313

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Yahoo Press For Meurice!

Wayne Edelman and Meurice Garment Care just got some great press from YaHoo’s online magazine SHINE. You can read the article at the link. Its also embedded below.

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/6-things-your-dry-cleaner-wont-tell-you-2411691/