Urban Valet Blog

Luxury and Couture Fashion Items

Posted: August 3, 2023

Photo luxury fashions in modern clothing store.

Luxury and couture fashion is designed and made with the highest level of craftsmanship. To extend the lifespan of your luxury clothing, it is important that it is treated with the highest level of care. Our team of professionals at Urban Valet recognizes this, and we always go the extra mile to ensure you look and feel your best! This blog post explores the benefits of using our dry-cleaning service to preserve these fashion items, and how you can also take care of them at home.

Delicate Fabric Care

The main reason couture clothing requires dry cleaning is due to the delicate nature of the fabrics. Fabrics like silk, velvet, and wool can easily become damaged if treated with water and harsh chemicals. To protect the material and color of the garment, dry cleaning uses solvent-based cleaning agents that remove stains without excessive stress and limit shrinkage. Here at Urban Valet, we clean your garments safely in our eco-friendly solvent. We use only Kreussler detergents; imported from Germany and considered to be the world’s finest. While environmentally safe, Kreussler products preserve color, eliminate shrinkage, and leave you and your clothes looking fantastic!

Preservation of Embellishments

Luxury and couture garments often feature embellishments and embroidery that require special care when cleaning. As a professional dry-cleaning service with over 25+ years of experience, we have both the knowledge and the technique to clean these pieces. We carefully inspect each garment before cleaning, plus, our proprietary 9-point process includes 3 inspection points and ensures perfection every time! We even replace cracked buttons & tighten loose threads for free.

What You Can Do at Home

To preserve the integrity of the garment, avoid washing your luxury clothes excessively. Investing in a good steam iron can aid in removing wrinkles and blemishes and keep your clothes looking fresh. While most couture pieces are designated as dry clean only, some may be able to be hand washed at home. Always make sure to check the fabric care label before deciding to hand wash. Although it is a gentle process, some clothes may even require special detergent. Hand-washing requires a basin filled with warm water, laundry detergent, and a drying rack. Submerge the items you wish to handwash and stir the water briefly. Do not let your items sit for more than 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and then hang dry. Pro-tip: refrain from twisting or wringing out the fabric. Carefully bunch in your hands to remove excess water. Also, storing these items properly ensures the longevity of the garment. Make sure to hang your luxury items in a dark and dry place, with a wooden hanger and durable garment bag.

By trusting us to clean your luxury and couture items, you are extending the lifespan of your garment, and protecting the craftsmanship that went into making it. We will ensure your items will receive the utmost care, so you can look and feel your best!

A few more fun facts about Carly: her favorite Buffalo area restaurants are Anderson’s and Louies, and her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. When asked about her favorite band, Carly said, “It’s hard to pinpoint one band as my favorite, I love an eclectic mix of music.. ranging from the 40s, all the way up to 90s, and even some current hits!  I would have to say though, that some of my favorites are Billy Joel, The Cure, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish. I also love Stevie Nicks, and Lana Del Rey to name a few!”

We have loved getting to know Carly over the time she has been with us, and we hope you have as well! We are so grateful for her time and efforts at the Elmwood location. If you are in the area, stop by to say hi to her and the team! 

Back to Blog