Bernardo Jacket

Description of Garment:

 Linen Jacket w/ Metallic Coating

Manufacturer: Bernardo

RN#: Not Available

Care Label Instructions: Dryclean Only

Problem: This jacket contained a powdered metallic coating that was affixed to the fabric with an adhesive binder. The adhesive binder dissolved when this jacket was drycleaned in perchloroethylene, causing a loss of the metallic coating.

Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This garment failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions due to the solubility (in perchloroethylene) of the adhesive binder.

Recommendation: If the above-mentioned damage occurs when this jacket is drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to it's place of purchase for a refund or exchange

Drycleaner: Explain the potential serviceability issues to the customer. Since this jacket may prove to be unserviceable when processed in accordance with the care label instructions, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to acceptance. We have no data as to the serviceability of this jacket in alternate solvents.

The NCA's Garment Analysis Laboratory examines thousands of garments every year for serviceability and FTC care labeling accuracy. The featured garment is a recurring item received for evaluation and, in testing, has failed to meet minimum industry standards. We have included the name or trade name of the fabric, the manufacturer, the RN number, if available, and a brief description of the problem.

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