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Ladies Who Launder: Out, Out, Damn Spot!
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Julie Lewit-Nirenberg is a fashion-conscious and fussy New Yorker who got tired of getting clothes back from the hand laundry that were poorly ironed or still stained. So, as a former publisher who is accustomed to solving problems on the spot, she tackled this one head on and went into the laundry business herself. 

She started Ladies Who Launder, an operation that not only picks up and returns your laundry, but also delivers top-of-the-line service with middle-of-the-road pricing. Yes, it costs just about what your local drop-off establishment charges -- a mere $1.50 per pound. But your laundry comes back spotless, punctiliously folded, and stacked in a heavy-duty, lidded cardboard box lined with snazzy leopard-print tissue paper. Lewit-Nirenberg's venture was so successful, she added a dry-cleaning service, too. Those items are returned on black plastic hangers ("No Mommie Dearest wire hangers here," she smirks) stuffed with tiger-print tissue -- and, again, prices are competitive with the local cleaners'. East Side: Mon., Wed., & Fri.; West Side: Tues. & Thurs. 212-828-3800; www.ladywholaunder.com (This article originally appeared in the 9/05 issue of Manhattan Living.)

Posted on November 26, 2007 - by

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Ladies Who Launder
by Cynthia @ 02/26/08, 10:53:15 PM

Ladies Who Launder
by Cynthia @ 02/26/08, 10:55:38 PM

This is the letter I recently sent to this company to inform them of their terrible service to my clothing. They ruined a few shirts the first time I tried them!

To Whom This May Concern,

I used your services for the first time this Monday, February 25th.

I am so unhappy with what I received back.

4 shirts were faded with the collars shrunken around the crew necks. 1 sweater was faded, shrunk and the elastic near the deep V is now scrunched and unwearable. 1 shirt is unravelling. 1 pair of pants were folded incorrectly and the crease was completely removed. There were drops of detergent on some of the clothing.

I was charged for 20 lbs when my items were 14 lbs.

The clothes were obviously dried on high heat. My regular cleaners has taken much better care of my clothing and they do not specialize in quality care.

I can't believe how ruined my clothes are and the lack of integrity in being overcharged.

I am a great customer you have lost who refers everyone I know to great services. I am so upset about my ruined items and disregarded directions that I will never risk my clothes on your services again.

Sincerely disappointed, Cynthia


About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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