Like all great Italian artisans, Leonardo Rodio started his career as a young and ambitious apprentice, working at his Uncleʼs cleaners in Staten Island. It was there that the young Leonardo wouldcome to discover his unique and profound passion for preserving and restoring fabrics. In the process, Leonardo began developing a keen sense of stain removal and restoration, a skill he would later come to master and be renowned for throughout the five boroughs.
In the early 90ʼs, Leonardo received a prestigious and highly competitive opportunity to work for the famous Mr. Anthonyʼs Cleaners in Manhattan, which with the grace from his Uncle accepted the coveted position. Leonardo found himself engulfed with projects he had only once dreamed of. It is even rumored that prestigious VIPʼs attending State Dinners in Manhattan brought their treasured garments to Mr. Anthonyʼs, and Leonardo. But, like any gentlemen, Leonardo will not reveal the identity of these powerful and prominent individuals he most likely cared for. Leonardoʼs ability to restore and treat garments, even the worst stained ones, shocked and impressed his coworkers and the owner. So much so, that Leonardo was promoted to the head of operations at Mr. Anthonyʼs, acting as this flagship cleanerʼs captain.
After over 15 years in the Metropolitan market, Leonardo decided to reinvent himself once again. Together with his family and the appreciation for his services to Mr. Anthonyʼs Cleaners, Leonardo moved to New Jersey and started Leonard Anthony Cleaners. Today you can find the masterful Leonardo working on exclusive handbag restorations, custom tailoring fittings, bridal couture clients or chatting with one of his many grateful clients at his store on Oak Street in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Leonardo prides himself on performing ALL his work in his store and only using organic, environmentally safe cleaning products.
When asked what he enjoys the most about what he does he humbly replied in his unmistakable lighthearted and charismatic voice, “Making all my customers smile means the most to me.”
Leonard Anthony Cleaners
-What Your Garments Deserve-
I bring Leonard my shirts because I know I will get them back in pristine condition. I trust his expertise as a master cleaner, but also as an artisan. His work and staff are truly the best I have ever encountered. I will continue to recommend Leonard Anthony Cleaners to my friends and family, because they prove to me every time I pick-up my shirts...that they are the best! A sincere thanks..from a lifetime customer.