I’m starting this post pre-dinner whilst I waste a little time trolling about the Internets, and one of my favorite wastes of time is Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist. He’s got such a wide variety of fashion subjects that I can forgive him when he loads up with the obscure fashionistas and runway models. (Actually, I think his runway coverage ~especially of the men’s shows ~ is pretty good.) But today he has this little post — no picture — wondering whatever happened to the “position” of Laundress? You know, that almost mythical fairy of a professional (like Mary Poppins and that butler from the film, Arthur) who would wash, iron, fold and mend your clothing so you would look so crisp and fabulous when you went out into the world. And you wouldn’t need to throw away your clothes — like so many Americans do(?). And what a business opportunity taking care of others’ clothes could be!
Some of us have been lucky enough to have had a laundress. In many cases she was usually unpaid (usually under-appreciated), and sometimes called Mom. If she was as real an OG as some of the moms I’ve met over the years, she would have taught you how to maintain your own clothes for yourself (rather than just become the second generation laundress for a passel of ungrateful children) so you could think about loftier goals than the elimination of that scourge, ring-around-the-collar. Laundry is just one of those chores that come with adulthood. You don’t have to make it your life’s work, but it is a part of civilized life. So if you want to help boost this sagging economy by either becoming a “laundress” or employing one, by all means, please do. I’ll let Mr. Schuman know where to find you.