May 26, 2022
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Within the 63 years since Madame Paulette, a luxurious cleaner and tailoring service, opened in New York, its record of purchasers has grown to incorporate Madonna, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, Kylie Jenner and Anna Wintour.

Although no boldfaced names attended a grand opening get together at its new West 57th Road house on April 30, the invisible presence of some hung within the air on the occasion, which occurred simply two days earlier than the Met Gala on Might 2.

The Tuesday earlier than the get together, Tom Ford, the designer, filmmaker and honorary Met Gala co-chairman, had despatched over a shirt and vest that he deliberate to put on to the gala for a touch-up. Henry Ortiz, who takes care of V.I.P. purchasers at Madame Paulette, made positive the items have been prepared in time for the large night time.

“I by no means say no,” Mr. Ortiz, 54, stated about catering to the highest purchasers. As a thanks for the short turnaround and white glove service, he acquired a buying bag stamped with Mr. Ford’s namesake label. Its contents? “Very private,” Mr. Ortiz stated.

Many partygoers, like him, have been Madame Paulette staff. However a number of longtime clients got here out to rejoice the corporate. One, Amanda Sanders, a picture marketing consultant in New York, has been a loyal shopper for years. “It’s the one place you carry a robe,” she stated.

Ms. Sanders, 49, just lately introduced an Arnold Scaasi costume that she wore to her promenade at LaGuardia Excessive Faculty to Madame Paulette, the place tailors retrofitted it for her daughter to put on to her upcoming promenade.

In Ms. Sanders’s work, which may contain vogue styling, she has observed extra individuals figuring out clothes which will want a deft nip or tuck — the type of service Madame Paulette supplies — after the garments went unworn for 2 years due to the pandemic. “They perhaps gained weight, or now they’re dropping that weight, or they obtained cosmetic surgery as a result of there was all of that down time,” Ms. Sanders stated.

Others on the get together have been neither staff nor purchasers, however had been launched to Madame Paulette by means of one other native establishment: “The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis.”

The enterprise’s former proprietor John Mahdessian was in a seven-year relationship with a former solid member, Dorinda Medley, earlier than they parted methods in 2019. Madame Paulette, which Mr. Mahdessian’s great-uncle began in 1959, was talked about usually on the present, which additionally aired footage of events held on the firm’s former location on Second Avenue close to sixty fifth Road.

Andrew Maitner, 30, a senior advertising and marketing supervisor at Hearst in New York, and Heath Owens, 26, an e-commerce author and editor at Hearst, got here to the get together extra as followers of Ms. Medley than of the corporate. “Certainly one of lately we may have a chunk worthy” of its companies, Mr. Owens stated.

The West 57th Road tackle just isn’t the one factor new at Madame Paulette. In April 2021, it was acquired by ByNext, an organization in New York that has digitized elements of laundry, dry cleansing and interior-maintenance companies. Kam Saifi, the chief govt of ByNext, determined to maneuver Madame Paulette to 57th Road to sign a brand new period and likewise to be nearer to the locations the place its typical buyer retailers.

“In case you’re cleansing all the clothes on Fifth Avenue, it’s a must to be near the place the motion is,” Mr. Saifi, 62, stated.

Many acquainted faces stay on the workforce of tailors and seamstresses which have saved the Madame Paulette title so burnished within the metropolis. Amongst them is Galina Leykina, a seamstress on the firm for 30 years, whom Jeni Slotchiver, a longtime shopper and live performance pianist in New York, described as “an engineer” on the get together.

Ms. Slotchiver met Ms. Leykina when she was directed to Madame Paulette to transform a Missoni costume. “She’s very particular,” Ms. Slotchiver stated.

If the night had the convivial, laid-back feeling of a household gathering, the matriarch could be Laura Ahrem. A Mahdessian by beginning — she is Mr. Mahdessian’s sister — Ms. Ahrem, 58, continues to advise Madame Paulette’s new house owners on advertising and marketing and the ins and outs of the high-end service that has come to outline her household enterprise. “I’m a dry cleaner’s daughter, so this enterprise is instinctual to me,” she stated of guiding its new house owners.

Because the get together wound down, some Madame Paulette staff snacked on home made cannoli introduced by Maria Pipitone, an organization seamstress, close to an set up of portraits by Malike Sidibe, a photographer. He was there together with his girlfriend, Grace Cardozo, a advertising and marketing affiliate at ByNext.

Karen Jean-Aimee, 42, the director of luxurious manufacturers at Madame Paulette, reclined on a (unsurprisingly) spotless beige lounge chair. She is on maternity go away however stopped by to christen the brand new area along with her co-workers.

Of all the purchasers, well-known or notorious, who was her favourite to work with? Anna Wintour, she stated with out hesitation.

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