At Classic Cleaners, We Mean No Disrespect When We Say "Zip It!"


It feels as if zippers have always been around to help keep clothes…well, closed!  In reality, as the history buffs at Classic Cleaners know, Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, obtained a patent in 1851 for what he termed an Automatic,Continuous Clothing Closure. The modern zipper was designed in 1931 by Gideon Sundback, an electrical engineer working for the Universal Fastener Company.

The name “zipper” came from the B.F. Goodrich company, when they adapted the Sundback zipper to close rubber galoshes. Then, in 1937, the zipper beat the button in the “Battle of the Fly”.  Esquire Magazine explained how a zippered fly on men’s trousers would exclude “the possibility of unintentional and embarrassing disarray.”

With 17 Classic Cleaners stores processing tens of thousands of garments, you may imagine we see zippers of every style on every possible type of clothing.  It’s the “invisible zippers” that tend to be most troublesome.

Popular on women’s skirts, pants, and dresses, invisible zippers’ “teeth” are behind the tape. With the tape’s color matching the garment, all you see is a seam.

A very important word to wise Classic Cleaners’ customers: Keep zippers zipped closed except when taking off or putting on garments.

1. That reduces the chance of zipper hooks “catching” on the fabric or on other garments.
2. If there is any stretching or shrinkage in the fabric while the zipper is open, it could prove difficult to close the zipper later.

While at Classic Cleaners we check each garment to be sure the zipper is in working order and closed, it’s best if the zipper has been kept closed in transition to the dry cleaners. You may be sure Classic Cleaners wants to make absolutely sure there is never, never, never the “possibility of unintentional and embarrassing disarray!”

by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team