Luxury Wardrobe Storage & Valet Service

  • NEW YORK
  • CALIFORNIA
  • LAS VEGAS
  • FLORIDA
  • AUSTRALIA
  • WORLDWIDE

Garde Robe® pioneered the luxury wardrobe management and Cyber Closet® valet concept
to service the needs of couture collectors, city residents with inadequate closet space,
business travelers, globetrotters, multiple home owners, and fashion designers.

The only service of its kind, Garde Robe’s raison d’être is museum-quality garment storage
for its members’ precious clothing, footwear, furs and accessories collections,
and providing on-demand accessibility whenever, wherever.

FOR ALL SERVICES, ALL ITEMS IN GARDE ROBE’S CARE ARE PROFESSIONALLY
PHOTOGRAPHED AND CATALOGUED INTO YOUR PERSONAL VIRTUAL CLOSET

AFFILIATIONS / PARTNERS

Garde Robe has established strong relationships that extend far beyond the fashion
industry. We have partners in the Insurance Industry, Stylists & Image Consultants,
Professional Organizers, Closet Designers, Garment Care Professionals,
Storage Companies, Products, Private Jets, Consignment, Consultants, Hotels,
and exclusive member benefits.


All one needs to do is set foot into Lily et Cie or New York Vintage and immediately it is apparent this is no “consignment shop.” There is no shortage of vintage resale stores these days, but these two boutiques set the standard. Shannon Hoey of NY Vintage and Rita Watnick of Lily et Cie are the very best at what they do, and browsing their collections is akin to taking a stroll back in time; to galas and state dinners and red carpets of the past. These pieces tell their own story, of a life well worn.

Thinking of all the fashion enthusiasts out there, we have compiled a list of our favorite consignment and resale shops to help you to hunt for unique designer pieces:

Luxury Garage Sale - Upscale consignment boutique that specializes in selling new and gently used designer and vintage clothing and accessories. they work with consigners nationwide and also help retail stores to sell their unsold inventory.

The Real Real – The leader in authenticated luxury consignment, they inspect and authenticate every item with their in-house team of experts including gemologists, horologists, art appraisers and luxury experts. Free white glove pick-up in 16 U.S. cities, or free shipping via FedEx.

Rebagg – They purchase pre-owned designer handbags and aim to make the selling process as easy as possible (sellers receive a guaranteed quote within 1 business day). Free pick ups in NYC and shipping in the US.

Christies – Founded in 18th Century London, they are known as a global art business. However, Christies also buys and auctions jewelry, watches and handbags. Last June, a Birkin bag broke records and became the most expensive handbag in the world, sold for $300,168 at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.
 
Lily et Cie – A Beverly Hills based luxury vintage clothing boutique featuring comprehensive collections of Madame Grès, original samples, historic pieces by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, European, American and Japanese designers.

New York Vintage – Their hand-selected collection spans over one hundred years of vintage fashion. In addition to the Chelsea showroom, they have an extensive collection of rental-only pieces available for Red Carpet and Industry use (by appointment).

Many Garde Robe members have expressed displeasure with their dry cleaner. Not all cleaners have the experience, knowledge and expertise to be handling couture wardrobes. The very best cleaners have resources that allow them to implement cleaning equipment and solvents that your average dry cleaner simply cannot afford. Many couture pieces should never be cleaned by a machine, only hand washed. Your average cleaner doesn’t know what they don’t know, and that is a recipe for fabric damage. In New York, the cleaners Garde Robe works with on a regular basis and highly recommend are:

Meurice – With four locations in New York (Manhattan and Manhasset), Meurice is an environmentally responsible and easily accessible dry cleaner. They have the equipment and five decades of expertise needed to tackle virtually any job – from preserving a wedding gown to removing chocolate from a suede couch. Ask for Wayne.

Hallak – This year, the Hallak family is celebrating their 50th anniversary. They are the Metropolitan area’s leading couture cleaner and offer a large variety of services, including the “Courier Couture”, providing nationwide couture cleaning services. Ask for John Claude.

Jeeves – Located on the Upper East Side, Jeeves uses environmentally friendly cleaning systems and minimizes the use of packaging. They also offer seasonal collection and delivery to Eastern Long Island; including Southampton, Bridgehamton, Sag Harbor, Water Mill and Shinnecock. Ask for Jerry.

The following cleaners also provide excellent service:

Arthur Copeland Cleansers – Established in 1934, they are the oldest operating dry cleaning firm on Long Island, NY. Combining tradition with the latest technology and techniques, they offer a range of services, including garment and bridal, interior cleaning, handbag cleaning, and alterations. Ask for Charlie.

* George Torpe – One of the best-kept secrets among the best dressed, the Upper East Side dry cleaner is known by his stain-removing miracles. Service by appointment only and George ships anywhere in the nation and internationally. Ask for George.

* Winzer Cleaners – Since 1908 they have specialized in fine dry cleaning in New York City, including dry cleaning of theatrical costumes, mascots, wedding gowns, leather, suede, fur cleaning, rugs, upholstery & draperies. Ask for Bruce.

* King Garment Care -Located in the heart of Soho, they invested in cleaning processes with the smallest footprints on the planet. They offer a wide range of cleaning and tailoring services, employing up to five different cleaning technologies in their processes. Ask for Richie.

* Bridge Cleaners & Tailors – King Garment Care’s location in Downtown Brooklyn. They share the same ‘Green Philosophy’ and, just like their sister location, offer a large variety of environmentelly friendly services. Ask for Richie.

* Embassy Cleaners – Premier Dry Cleaning Service in Westchester (NY), they specialize in dry cleaning, drapery cleaning, carpet  and upholstery cleaning. In addition, they also offer fireproofing and restoration services for smoke and water damage. Ask for Andy.

If you need a cleaner in another part of the country, seek out members of Leading Cleaners Internationale. You can rest assured these garment care companies have vast experience handling couture.

Garde Robe pioneered the concept of Cyber Closet, a dynamic tool for organizing and managing one’s clothing, footwear and accessory collections. Our members can easily view items in Garde Robe’s care and arrange delivery of items as needed. However, the Cyber Closet also displays garments and accessories that are not kept in Garde Robe’s care.
During the inventory process, every item is individually cataloged  and categorized by color, designer, size, season, etc.
In order to accurately represent the garment’s color, Pantone’s Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Guide is a useful tool. The Color Guide has over 2,300 named colors created and maintained as color standards by the Pantone Color Institute. Pantone’s color standards are used by fashion designers when working with manufacturers to ensure their intended color reaches stores. At Garde Robe, we use the Color Guide to find the closest color to what we see on the garment to relay the color information properly to our members. To learn more about color standards and how Pantone creates their products and colors, we recently took a tour of the Pantone Color Factory in New Jersey.
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The stacks of printed material that have passed their color tests. They only print what they need in a short amount of time, because they want to minimize the time the color has to sit and change due to humidity/temperature fluctuations. The pages get cut down into the smaller sizes and then collated into a book form for the Solid Chips color guide book.
The machine that weighs out the proper amount of color which then gets mixed by hand on the glass table. They say that is the only way to properly ensure the color is mixed thoroughly.
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After printing, the color gets tested by a computer and visually in a light box to ensure it’s the color standard they have created.
The other half of their facility is for the Fashion, Home + Interiors where they dye the cotton used for their Cotton Swatch Library books and cards.
An automated machine creates the dyes used for the Cotton Swatch Cards. A finely woven cotton is used to prevent any color variations in texture.
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Rejected bolts of fabric that didn’t match the color standard wait until they get donated in their facility. Their tolerance level for color difference from the standard is very small, so it is tested until it is right.

Pantone recently launched a new app, called Studio. The app boasts Pantone’s library of more than 10,000 colors, and lets designers use uploaded photos to create and customize palettes and mood boards. This service will change the way designers interact with color. Once only used at the office or on a paper guide, now it is interactive and mobile. You can read more about it here (via WWD).

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