Can You Tell the Real Thing? (The Clue's on the Dry Cleaning Care Label!)


The clue's in the care label of these designer jeans!

“Counterfeit designer goods are readily available these days,”

says Actually, the article goes on to say, 80% of all goods sold on Ebay are counterfeit!

Inspect the sewn-in labels, is ‘s advice to consumers.  All designer labels sold in the UK and the USA have a certain range of RN numbers (Registered Identification Number Database) that can be traced back to the manufacturer. advises buyers of Prada clothing to look for a red strip on the side seam of a shirt with the Prada name stamped into it.  “Prada” will start with the “P” at the bottom of the stripe, and the writing itself will be in red.

Examining care labels is one of the first steps Classic Cleaners professionals take in determining the best method for handling each garment.  The Federal Trade Commission says care labels must explain one safe cleaning method for that garment, plus list any warnings about whether any step of the dry cleaning process might harm any part of the garment.

Unfortunately, we’ve found, foreign manufacturers (and this is especially true of designer knockoffs) do not always follow care labeling rules. If there is any doubt about a garment’s being able to weather the regular dry cleaning process, Classic Cleaners will go so far as to hand clean that garment.

In buying clothing, “be familiar with where the apparel is made,” advises “Forged articles are generally made in China, Indiana, Thailand, and other Asian countries.”

If you feel you’ve been misled, offers the USA contact line 1 800 report-a-fake.

Whether your garment is a true designer creation or an excellent fake, you can rely on the very real fact that the Classic Cleaners modern craft of clean will give all your clothes designer-level care!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team