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THE STORY OF JB FRENCH
The Original Dry Cleaners to the Stars

 

JB French Dry Cleaners & Laundry is one of the largest Dry Cleaning establishments in the country with a 20,000 sqft cleaning facility. As one of the oldest family-owned dry cleaners in Los Angeles, JB French has been a Hollywood staple for 65+ years. Many claim they are a celebrity cleaners, but JB French is the original cleaners to the stars.

 

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In 1945 Jack Barton established the first JB Cleaners on Western Avenue near Downtown Los Angeles. He possessed an exceptional work ethic and a personal attention to detail, saying "If I wouldn't wear it, you wouldn't wear it." Word of his workmanship spread among Hollywood studios, which depended on JB for a consistently stellar wardrobe. Being minutes from the famed Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd, Jack began servicing some of Hollywood's elite, including Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Rock Hudson, Joan Crawford, Dean Martin, Gene Barry, Richard Burton, Martha Raye, Sugar Ray Robinson, and a score of others.

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In 1963, Bernie Barton had the vision to expand JB French from a standard dry cleaners into the empire it has become today.

He became the first "Cleaners to the Stars" by beginning an exclusive delivery route to celebrities who have become lifelong friends and clients, including Johnny Mathis, Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson, Johnny Carson, Goldie Hawn, Peter Falk, Jerry Lewis, William Shatner, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder,
Elton John, Michael Jackson, Gabor Szabo, Joan Collins, Lily Tomlin, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith, George Hamilton, Candace Bergen, James Caan, Michael Caine, Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Michael Crichton, Burt Reynolds, Stevie Nicks, Sherman Hemsley, Sidney Sheldon, Jim Carrey, Vanessa Williams, Charlize Theron, the Osbournes, Rupaul and many more.

Bernie was also one of the original hotel cleaners in Los Angeles, servicing the finest establishments such as the L'Hermitage, Le Dufy, Mondrian, Bel Age, Le Parc, Valadon, Le Reve, Cezanne and Bel-Air hotels. He exclusively cleans for the Beverly Hills hotel for over 20 years as well as many other elite hotels throughout LA. Hotel managers understood that their dry cleaners of choice would directly represent the caliber of their luxury hotels, so many of the finest hotels placed their trust in JB French to handle the high level of quality they seek to represent as well as cater to the needs of their guests. It was the creation of a new business model, and JB was at the forefront.

Major motion picture studios such as Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony and Paramount have all counted on JB French to meet the demands of cleaning their delicate and expensive wardrobe. Television studios including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, E! Entertainment and more depend on JB French to bring the look of their talent to life. Countless movies and television productions over decades have made JB French their first call.

Bernie continued to expand JB French to 4 retail locations in West Hollywood, Century City, Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles. These locations also provide the corporate business community with a great deal of daily cleaning for executives and professionals requiring the best in service.

 

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Today, JB French continues to be family owned and operated by the Bartons with Headquarters in Culver City. Adhering to the foundation laid in 1945, JB French still stands by the same exemplary service and attention to detail that continues to make them a success. Our delivery vans are a regular appearance on the streets of Los Angeles as we service a great number of Hollywood's modern day A-list, Hotels, Film and TV Studios and retail customers. JB French leads the Dry Cleaning & Laundry industry in Los Angeles.

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* The preceding has been the biographical story of JB French Dry Cleaning and Laundry. Former and current clients, celebrity names, and trademarks / copyrights have been mentioned solely as they pertain to the factual historical retelling of the history of JB French. The aforementioned clients do not endorse nor support JB French Services, and JB French Dry Cleaning and Laundry does not imply endorsement from said parties.
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