Dutch Masters At The Frick Don’t Miss This

Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals: Fifteen paintings by the these three Dutch Old ¬Masters are on loan to The Frick Collection (until January 19th) while their regular home, Mauritshuis, grand old museum of The Hague, is being renovated. The star attraction is Johannes Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring, which hasn’t been in New York for a while and probably won’t be back for ages. Address (5th Avenue and East 70th Street) and ticket info below. Best to make arrangements as soon as you can. New York loves The Girl.

The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St., New York, NY 10021
Tickets: 212-239-6200

At Last! ABC Carpet & Home’s Bronx Warehouse Sale


We love writing about sales on lovely items Fashion Award Cleaners looks after exceptionally well, including textiles. There are just a few days left for a wonderful sale event at ABC Carpet and Home in the Bronx. Hurry to 1055 Bronx River Avenue, where ABC is knocking up to 60% off select furniture, tabletop, textiles, accessories, & lighting PLUS UP TO 75% OFF carpets, including mansion size, runners, and traditional rugs. Here are a few sample prices. Unbeatable, so to speak.
• 8′x10′ rugs: $799
• 6′x9′ rugs: $549
• 5′x8′ rugs: $399
• 4′x6′ rugs: $249
The sale has been going on since November 7th and it’s over at 600 p.m. on Sunday the 17th. For more info, call (718) 842-8772 or just drive to:
ABC Carpet & Home
1055 Bronx River Avenue (between Watson Avenue & Bruckner Expressway)
Bronx, NY 10472

Two Exclusive VIP Designer Sales in Manhattan One great cause in Southampton


On Monday, November 18 Carlos Falchi Couture will hold a special sale in its studio at 209 West 38th Street, #1201, to benefit The Southampton Fresh Air Home, SFAH, a summer camp for physically challenged children.

Shoppers can take advantage of discounts between 50% and 60% on designer Clutches, Totes, Satchels and so many more lovely items knowing 20% of the proceeds will go to the Southampton Fresh Air Home.

The sale moves a few blocks to 150 West 30th Street, 13th Floor, the very next day when ANNABELLE New York and Alixander Furs offer discounts on fur coats, jackets and vests plus their remarkable lovely faux furs. Of course, 20% of the proceeds go to help the kids at the SFAH.

Both sales open at 8:00 a.m. and will be hosted by Monica Forman.

For more info about Southampton Fresh Air Home, and about these wonderful sales, please visit: http://www.sfah.org/

All of us at Fashion Award Cleaners hope to see you at these outstanding events.

Lovely clothing. Don’t Miss This.

Lafayette148Downtown fashion house Lafayette 148, located, conveniently, at 148 Lafayette Street between Howard and Grand will be staging its Fall Warehouse Sale on Thursday and Friday, November 14-15.

Prices will start at 75% off retail, terrific savings, on coats, jackets, cashmere, leather, shirts, pants and dresses. To get an idea of the Lafayette 148 look, check out the website at http://www.lafayette148ny.com/store/StoreFront or you can call 646-922-1799 for more information.

Of course, you know who to call when your new clothes need cleaning or altering. Fashion Award Cleaners was founded exactly for this kind of garments.

Looking great for brisky weather

New_York_City_MarathonYou’ll at least want to keep your wardrobe options open.

All three outdoor events are very informal and, best of all, they’re free and open to everyone.

The New York Marathon starts at the Staten Island end of the Verrazano Bridge at 10:10 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd and heads up through Brooklyn and Queens before crossing the East River.

We like to show up around 11:30 at a ramp down from the 59th Street Bridge in Manhattan to watch the runners race around a tight turn to get to 1st Avenue before they head uptown toward the Bronx. Then, a leisurely stroll over to Central Park for the excitement of the finish line. It’ll be especially exciting this year because there was no Marathon in 2012 thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

If you’d like to wear the same outfit (with an extra sweater, perhaps) for your next major outdoor excursion, the inflating of the balloons the night before the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can have it cleaned and tailored by Fashion Award Cleaners and carefully wrapped if you call us a couple of days in advance. In case you haven’t seen the “inflation” in Central Park, it’s quite an event. It’s on Wednesday, November 27 this year. Best way to get in is the Park’s 79th Street entrance on the west side. It’ll be crowded but it’s fun.

Then, of course, the Parade, with the giant balloons floating at the end of their tethers, starts at 9:00 the next morning.

We can dream, can’t we?

GildedAge“Gilded New York”, the first exhibit in the new Tiffany’s Jewelry Gallery at Museum of the City of New York opens on Wednesday, November 13 and it’ll be there only 17 days.
Gilded New York is about how the super wealthy lived over a century ago. In addition to portraits, household objects, diamonds, gold and silver galore there will be an exhibit dear to the hearts of dry cleaners: 100 glamourous costumes including the “Electric Light” dress owned by the Vanderbilt family. Could Fashion Award clean and repair them? We sure can and we’d love to.
The Museum is on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street. See you there.

Your Wedding Gown… You Always Remember.


So many brides spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on their wedding gown. Years ago, the value of the gown reflected the wealth of the family.

That has changed though today. But even the so-called :down-to-earth Kate Middleton’s wedding dress cost $400,000.

The designer Yumi Katsuri topped that one, though when she designed a wedding gown with gold diamonds. It features a 5-carat diamond stone and 1,000 gleaming pearls. The price tag: $8.5 million dollars.

No buyers yet, though.

At Fashion Award Cleaners over the last 50 years….we’ve cared for and coddled, and cleaned so many elegant gowns. Some are restored and put away for future generations and others are re-worked so they can actually go out to other fancy occasions after the big event.

Wherever they go in their travels, they seem to come home to us again, to be refurbished, have a little stain removed and restored to their original beauty. It is an honor for us to work on so many magnificent gowns.

Fashion Week in New York

FashionWeekGrabAs Fall arrives, it is always interesting to see the fashions that are highlighted in Fashion Week in Lincoln Center. How will the designers even know so far ahead of time what will be “in” and what won’t be…so far in advance.

They have to because the Buyers from stores are already ordering. This year’s Fashion Week had live streaming from the Show, so you didn’t need one of those coveted invitations to see what the new fashion will be next year.

The style forecast seems to be lovely hand-painted looking florals, and really interesting and intricate fabrics. We watched some of the designer collections (including some of my favorites: Tadashi Shoji, Jason Wu and Suno and Dior).

Some of the fabrics in the outfits by Shoji were intricate and layered and look like works of art. Thinking ahead to when they appear in my Fashion Award Cleaners, I’m already working on the best ways to dry clean them perfectly, so they always have a special flow and the colors keep their vibrancy.

Most of the time at Fashion Award Cleaners, our amazing clients send us their clothing, from Michel Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Victoria Beckham. These seasoned designers understand that their special apparel has to be versatile for even the finest cleaners. Sometimes we get an emerging designer who hand-paints a dress or does some other special embellishment.

It means some extra effort and thought on our part…and well worth the smiles we get when our clients see their garments look as good as the day they purchased them!

Trio da Paz – Brazil’s Calling


If you’re a fan of Brazilian jazz, and who isn’t, you’ll probably be heading to Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center to hear Trio da Paz who will be there for their regular two week summer residency. More info and tickets here: http://jalc.org/dizzys/events/event/av-136095#.UhONwj9j6rE

You’ll have an interesting challenge, though: what to wear? Certainly not and opera- going outfit. Perhaps something jazzy, or something with a Brazilian flair in case you visit little Brazil on West 46th Street (between 5th and 6th) for a post-concert snack. Either way, you can rest assured that we’ll pick up your clothes, clean them and repair them flawlessly if necessary and bring everything back to you in plenty of time to look perfect for your night out.

As always, all you have to do is call.

Of course, you’re going to MOMA … But what will you wear?

Just the short westward stroll from 5th Avenue along 53rd Street requires a certain look and distinctive flair. But from now until January 26, it will require hard decisions. Why?

Because The Museum of Modern Art has dug deep into its collections of American Art from the first half of the 20th Century for a spectacular new show called American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe.

You’ll see works by George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, Andrew Wyeth, and, of course, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe among many others

It’s not the kind of show you’d miss, but it is the kind of show that makes you stop to ponder your wardrobe. Should you wear a contemporary outfit, or, perhaps, something from the 1920s, a flapper look, or something suitably severe from the 1940s, in order to be an early 20th Century work of art yourself?

However you choose to dress, you can rest assured that Fashion Award Cleaners will clean and repair (if necessary) your outfits and deliver them to you looking perfect for West 53rd Street … and everywhere else you go. Just call.