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From humble beginnings…

The year was 1988.

At that time, Stu Bloom, founder of RAVE FabriCARE, was working and living in New York City. And he’d just picked up his favorite navy pin striped suit from a neighborhood cleaner offering “fine dry cleaning for the discerning”.

Prior to dropping off the suit, the fabric had a butter soft texture one would have expected from a wool woven by one of England’s finest mills. And the collar, lapels, shoulders and silhouette had that distinctive Savile Row tailored look.

Only now it had been reduced to a rag.

The fabric felt as stiff as cardboard. The suit exhibited shine, flap, button and seam impressions, wrinkled linings, a rippled collar and hard pressed lapels. And smelled like gasoline.

So began his quest to find a true quality cleaner.

The search proved unsuccessful. And led to the realization that true quality at the vast majority of cleaners was non-existent. And that true quality at the so-called “better cleaners” and self-styled “couture care specialists” – the one’s that “dressed up” their product with logo-printed tissue and poly and with wood or chrome hangers – was still only slightly above average.

Stu’s failure to locate a true quality cleaner led him to pose the obvious question:

Why can’t cleaners produce a garment that’s cleaned, finished, inspected and packaged with extraordinary care?

What Stu discovered....

Dry cleaners celebrate compromises and shortcuts

He discovered that the dry cleaning business is riddled with shortcuts and compromises – at every step of the cleaning, finishing, inspecting and packaging process. And that, over the years, clients have come to accept these shortcuts and compromises as “just the way cleaners do things”.

And the reason?

A lack of consumer awareness about the difference between true quality cleaning and “bang and hang” or ordinary cleaning.

Most consumers have never seen, felt or smelled a garments that’s been cleaned, finished, inspected and packaged with extraordinary care.

They don’t have any yardsticks against which they can judge the quality of the product they receive.

They don’t know what questions to ask.

And they don’t know how to assess the “truthfulness” of the responses they receive.

Dry cleaners hate catering to personal preferences

He determined that, apart from soliciting your preference for “starch or no starch, on hangers or folded”, cleaners hate catering to the many personal (and, yes, sometimes idiosyncratic) preferences of their clients.

And the reason?

Personal preferences interfere with their standard operating procedures and their in-by-9:00-and-out-by-5:00, picked-on-day-1-and-delivered-on-day-3 production orientation.

In the dry cleaning business, there’s simply no such thing as catering to personal preferences when the entire operation is run like a production line in a chicken processing plant.

This is a self-evident truth notwithstanding cleaners’ claims to the contrary.

Dry cleaners are focused on fast turnaround and low production costs

He figured that the decision to take these shortcuts, make these compromises and ignore the personal preferences of clients is driven by two factors: the focus on faster turnaround time and lowering production costs.

And the reason?

The vast majority of cleaners compete on turnaround speed and/or price. Not on the quality of their work product.

In the dry cleaning business, there’s simply no such thing as “Top Quality Work Ready The Next Day”, “Top Quality Work Delivered In Three Days”, “Top Quality Work At A Competitive Price” or “Top Quality Work At Half The Price Of A True Quality Cleaner”.

This is a self-evident truth notwithstanding cleaners’ claims to the contrary.

Compromises, shortcuts, fast turnaround and low production costs are incompatible with true quality

He concluded that the focus on faster turnaround and low production costs is incompatible with producing a true quality garment.

And the reason?

True quality requires the application of time and an investment in skills and specialized procedures, processes, equipment and fabricare facilities.

Not the contraction of time and the extraction of cost at every opportunity.

In the dry cleaning business, there’s simply no such thing as compromising your way to true quality.

This is a self-evident truth notwithstanding cleaners’ claims to the contrary.

We're not your ordinary dry cleaner

And so it was that an idea – and a company – was born.

When you start something, you dare to believe it can work. What you can’t understand or predict is just how it’s all going to happen, who’s going to help you, and the level of effort and perseverance that will be required.

As with most business endeavors the early years were characterized by trial and error.

It’s hard to be different. To buck the industry status quo.

We could have done the least possible. We could have played it safe. We could have ignored what’s best for our client’s fine garments, household textiles and accessories. We could have followed the “industry rules” and “industry standards” set by ordinary dry cleaners.  

In other words, we could have opted for ordinary.

Nonetheless the vision inspired us, and, most importantly, attracted like minded artisans and craftspeople who saw something noble and rewarding in a simple, yet profound idea:

No compromises. No shortcuts.

Just extraordinary care for fine garments, household textiles and accessories.

After 35 years, that philosophy still guides everything we do.

"Rave definitely deserves way more stars than just 5 stars. This is my third time using Rave Fabricare now. I am based in Toronto and no dry cleaner here comes even close to Rave Fabricare regarding care and service. If you have a descent made-to-measure suit or shirt that you adore, don’t trust your local dry cleaners: they use cheap chemicals, staple and glue labels, damage your garments and don’t put in any effort. My shirts and suits seem like they have never been worn before every time I get them back from Rave Fabricare . Stu is amazing, friendly, responds fast and gives updates. He has a talented team and he is a true master of his trade. He never cuts corners. I will always only choose them even if I am not in North America!"
Ramtin Etamadifar
Internationally Recognized Dry Cleaner
RAVE FabriCARE is a nationally recognized leader in true quality care for fine garments, household textiles and accessories. And the only dry cleaner in Arizona recognized as one of the nation’s premier dry cleaners by non-compensated, independent, authoritative third parties.