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their home. Upon arrival, garments are inspected, catalogued and professionally photographed. Staff work with the member to create his or her Cyber Closet, which is accessible through an iPad app or on Garde Robe’s website. Each item in the Cyber Closet is accom-panied by a photo and detailed description including the designer, size, color, fabric, season and customized categories based on the member’s specific needs. The company sends an inspection report to the member and then prepares each garment meticulously for storage. All garments are wrapped in acid-free tissue and either hung in imported garment bags or placed in breathable archival boxes. Garde Robe’s Cyber Closets provide a service even to those who have no need for the physical storage of their garments. “We can set up a Cyber Closet with a location field — Aspen, the Hamptons, Malibu — and members can see the wardrobes that are in those secondary homes. They want to have a way to track where their items are for inventory and insurance purposes,” Greenberg says. An additional major component is the luggage-free valet option, which prepares, packs, ships and delivers selected pieces or full ward-robes on-demand and ready-to-wear to jetsetters and business travelers anywhere in the world, whether the destination is a member’s ski home in Aspen or their hotel in Paris. Demand for these services should con-tinue to grow as the company makes its first international expansion this summer into Australia. “Garde Robe’s great for pied-à-terre owners. We work in conjunction with the estate manager and set up the wardrobe on-site. If the member hasn’t been in that home for nine months and their clothes were just sitting in a closet, the clothes wouldn’t be in good condition — not nearly the same as freshly pressed,” says Greenberg. “We deliver everything as-new and ready-to-wear.” Beyond its core services, Garde Robe offers its members access to experiences such as VIP treatment at Bergdorf Goodman, Fashion Week tickets, and the opportunity to attend dinner and events at New York’s CORE Club. “We want to go above and beyond being just a wardrobe management service,” Greenberg says. Garde Robe’s Cyber Closet storage rates start at $350 per month and include the wardrobe consultation, set up of the Cyber Closet and iPad app, insurance, and complimentary pick-up and delivery in most cases. Garde Robe arranges professional dry cleaning and repairs on the member’s behalf at-cost. 24 UniqueHomes.com photos courtesy garde robe

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