Fabricare travels to New York to learn best practices, hone fashion expertise

Members of America’s Best Cleaners visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit.

Members of America’s Best Cleaners visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit.

Fabricare Cleaners, along with Affiliates of America’s Best CleanersTM (ABC) Affiliates from across the US and Canada, recently traveled to New York, NY for three days of networking and presentations around industry and general business best practices. The meeting included outings to fashion-related exhibits and businesses including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Albright Fashion Library, where Affiliates sharpened their knowledge of caring for high-end garments.

Fabricare Cleaners has a location in Fairfield at 2130 Post Road, Harry’s Corner; 203-256-2725.

The regular ABC National Affiliate Meeting, which is held every six months in locations around the country, is a forum for networking and the exchange of ideas around industry and general business best practices. Meetings are frequently attended by consultants from various industries and businesses that support dry cleaning.

ABC is heavily focused on fashion education. The New York meeting was no exception, with attendees touring the newly opened “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. The display of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear fashions gave Affiliates of ABC a keen insight into the construction and care of high-end, heavily decorated garments.

Fabricare Cleaners and other Affiliates also visited the famed Albright Fashion Library, where they were invited to view more than 20,000 couture and designer items housed in the Library’s 7,000 square foot showroom. Started by Irene Albright, and currently headed by Creative Director Patricia Black, the Albright Fashion Library helps clients source inspired looks for photo shoots, films, performances or special events. The library’s extensive list of designers, which runs the gamut from Alexander McQueen to Giambattista Valli and Zuhair Murad, gave attendees a chance to view the latest trends in fashion, and to familiarize themselves with current styles in embellishments and design.

“It was really a privilege to so closely examine these beautiful pieces that were, quite literally, straight off the runway,” says Mike Astorino, Fabricare Cleaners’ Owner. “I will definitely take what I learned back to my staff so that they will not only be better able to identify the special needs of these incredible designs, but also apply that same high level of care to a wide range of garments.”

Outside consultants and businesses in attendance at the meeting included Mitch Gambert, of Mel Gambert Custom Shirt Makers, who spoke on garment fabric and construction trends, and from Nick Regine of Swarovski, who introduced the famed embellishment manufacturer’s new lines and reviewed ABC’s exclusive Affiliate Support Program with Swarovski. Presentations from specialists within ABC included case studies on business growth and increased sales after store design and redesign projects; pricing for today’s market; and building relationships with other retailers in the fashion industry.

Fabricare Cleaners also participated in the interactive Best Business Practices discussion, wherein Affiliates share their most impactful business ideas, with concepts ranging from marketing programs, to implementation of software systems and mobile apps, to equipment and fleet purchasing decisions.

“The Affiliates of ABC are business professionals and the best garment care providers in their respective markets, and the free exchange of best practices is unlike anything I’ve experienced in other industry groups,” says Astorino. “As usual, I came back from the New York meeting with plenty of ideas to implement at Fabricare Cleaners that will keep my staff sharp and my clients happy.”

ABC is the dry cleaning industry’s leading independent certification organization. Its stringent list of standards, which include regular and strenuous onsite inspections and testing, as well as surveys of retailers and clients and secret shopping reports, has resulted in an elite network of affiliates across the U.S. ABC’s overall goal is to identify and certify the nation’s top dry cleaners, it also provides a forum for educating and informing these professionals about the industry’s cutting edge technologies and business practices.

For more information on Fabricare Cleaners contact fabricarecleaners.net/.

About Fabricare Cleaners

Fabricare is more than just your corner drycleaner. We’ve been selected as one of America’s Best Cleaners for the Fairfield County market and deliver to customer’s homes throughout the county. Most important to us is your satisfaction which is why we believe the CARE in Fabricare stands for: Customers Are the Reason we Exist.

Our customers are not only those who wear fine clothes but the designers, manufacturers and retailers as well. Fabricare works closely with those in the fashion business in a mutually beneficial partnership. Much like a fine automobile gets serviced at its own service shop, fine clothes need to go to those that understand how they’re made as well.

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