Your gowns are unique treasures that cannot easily be replaced.
They deserve our experience, delicate cleaning solutions, hand cleaning, and detailed finishing. We confidently handle beaded and couture gowns from decades of experience working with red carpet dresses and royal wedding gowns. Our unparalleled processes maintain the designer’s intention for drape and style. Your gown retains its shape because we place it on a custom bodice and softly support it with tissue wherever necessary. You can store your delicate gown at home in one of our custom-made, breathable Gown Bags or have us keep it for you using our Vestito Gown Storage Service. Then, we’ll deliver or ship your showroom-ready masterpiece to you when you need it.
Our mission statement says it all:
- To become the nation’s most successful couture dry cleaner by living up to our goals of providing true excellence through craftmanship and five-star customer service.
- Quality you can count on.
- A reputation you can trust.
- Our commitment to customer service.
- The convenience of specialty services to provide all your cleaning needs.
- Four generations of experience and unparalleled success with the most challenging items.
Knit & Cashmere
All knits distort over time when worn. In 1953, Margaret Clutter impressed the La Jolla community with her ability to take a sagging and stretched-out knit garment and restore its youthful shape and vitality. Our Knit Blocking Service locks the intended shape into the garment for a lasting fit.
To maintain its shape, at every cleaning, your knit garment is Measured, Blocked, Depilled, and then most are folded flat for storage. In addition, Margaret’s Expert Knit Service includes a unique breathable sweater storage bag that prevents mold and insect damage... Margaret’s exclusive.
We also restore damaged knits with our mending, reknitting, and reweaving service. This service includes extensive re-working and alterations of St. John, Loro Piana, TSE, and other fine knits.
Ties & Scarves
Ties and Scarves
Our prestigious Ascot Tie Service uses the gentlest stain removal treatments to protect the colors and luster and maintain an impressionless finish for your ties and fine scarves. Ties and hand-rolled scarves should never be subject to typical hard pressing. Our gentle soaking procedures may be more labor-intensive than those used by other dry cleaners, but the results are well worth our extra effort. To salvage your favorite distressed tie or scarf, we use oil baths, disassembly, and reconstruction techniques when necessary. Our proprietary packaging includes a clear, see-through cover that allows you to store your ties and be ready for travel or shipping anywhere in the world using our convenient CleanByMail Service.
Margaret’s Bespoke Shirt Services were developed for today’s tailored high-end men’s cotton dress shirts. They are considerably more delicate than in the past and are designed for lower washing and ironing temperatures than those used in many laundry operations. Our highest-level shirt service, Bel Air, minimizes the amount of heat and mechanical action your shirts are exposed to but still results in Margaret’s level of “clean.” Your whites will stay white, and your colors will remain bright. In addition to extending the life of your shirts, the result is a softer and more delicate feel. We have also enhanced the packaging, so your shirts maintain their look and shape while hanging in your closet.
Alterations & Repairs
Alterations & Repairs
Margaret’s Couture Alterations handles minor mending to major resizing and styling. Our seamstresses are trained and experienced in the European style of Couture Alterations, which include extensive hand detail work and expert pressing upon completion. All significant alteration articles are finished and ready to wear.
Couture Alterations are also available for specialized fitting, tailoring, and repair of bridal and evening gowns, and even St.John, Loro Piana, Brioni, & other knitwear. We also provide a reknitting service for moth holes or damaged fabrics.
“We recently produced a major charity fashion show for about 600 of the most distinguished women in Southern California. There were 71 total looks - each of which had multiple layers (coat, jacket, scarf, dress, etc.). As this is the largest and most high profile fashion show we do of the year to some of the most discriminating individuals, there is no other company we would have trusted more than Margaret's Cleaners to make sure everything looked perfect.”
I brought my wedding dress here for bridal alterations and had the pleasure of working with Naomi, the seamstress. Naomi was sweet, funny, and patient. She brought the hem in for my chest, waistline, and length and also added bra cups to my dress. My wedding dress was tailored perfectly to my body and I felt comfortable and beautiful in my dress on the day of the wedding. I'm so happy with how it turned out and am so happy I went with this company!
Couture Cleaning Request
Margaret’s Cleaners offers complimentary pick-up and delivery with our Valet Delivery Service throughout much of Southern California. Our delivery representatives receive extensive training, enabling them to answer most of the questions you may have about your order. In addition, we give you text and phone access to your driver directly. Your representative also keeps track of your special delivery instructions and preferences. The comprehensive profile we maintain for you makes sure that we’ll always satisfy your dry cleaning and delivery needs. We service homes, businesses, retail stores, bridal salons throughout San Diego and Orange Counties, and much of Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills. In addition, our CleanByMail service is available Nationwide.