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Great things can sometimes come from desperation. Writes a reader about his go-to dry cleaner in Williamsburg:
After a number of mishaps at various Williamsburg dry cleaners—a lost garment, a bad hem job, a rude proprietor who barely glanced at a stain I was pointing out and returned my coat with pointed-out stain intact—I had practically given up. Then I noticed a not particularly pretty little hole in the wall: Brothers Cleaners. This place has turned out to be the absolute best, I won't go anywhere else.
They repaired a ripped Trovata to perfection. They got yellow wear/sweat stains out of a custom-dyed Yoko Devereux woven as well as a Marc Jacobs knit. They made a series of thrifted and vintage ties look brand new (one, a Hermès, had a huge toothpaste-like stain on it and now I could seriously sell it off at Ina).
Plus they're honest. They didn't want to charge me to clean an ink-stained cardigan they knew they couldn't clean, and they politely refused to clean a patent-trimmed Marc Jacobs coat because, as a sample, it didn't have specific cleaning instructions. They know all about samples: It turns out they do test cleanings for New York designers all the time. And on top of everything, the prices are incredibly low and they do everything in-house so they're not going to lose your pants.Brothers Cleaners is located at 76 Havemeyer Street; as of now they do not have a profile on Yelp.
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