Even the most unrepentant nudist will keep a few outfits on hand for the occasional bar mitzvah or traffic-court date. Gussy up your skin suit with today’s Groupon to Long Island City Kleaners. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of limited-edition apparel, hats, shoes, and skate gear.
- For $35, you get $75 worth of limited-edition apparel, hats, shoes, and skate gear.
In a boutique styled after a dry cleaner, the staff at Long Island City Kleaners curates a collection of limited-edition tees, designer headwear and shoes, and skate gear lauded by Time Out New York. Shirts protected in plastic dry-cleaning bags flaunt signatures from 21 designers, including Acapulco Gold and Mishka, as well as newcomers such as Huf and Whoami?. Men’s graphic tees ($20–$34) emblazon pecs with wry slogans and logos, and Montana refillable markers ($9) arm fingers with the power to improve flat surfaces and rainbows bearing factory defects with vibrant, waterproof pigment. Scarlet and green stripes trim the preppy V-neck collar of the Rocksmith Sigma cardigan ($72). Shoppers may select a crown from among the minimal ribbed beanies and embroidered caps ($25–$32, on average) designed by 18 haberdashers and one exiled prince, or strap dogs into the regal crimson suede and canvas that make up Huf high-tops ($80).
Between red and white walls and an inviting leather couch, metal pipes doubling as clothes racks pay homage to the varied, subtle uses of dry-cleaning imagery that give the shop its name. The adjacent LICK gallery parades the masterpieces of graffiti artists, including many who have already cut their chops by painting vibrant works on overpasses, skate decks, and sleeping art critics.