Born in Chile, Patricia and Rene Jaramillo moved to Australia in 1971 after a short stint living in Germany. They bought their first Dry Cleaning store, La Parisienne in East Bentleigh (which they no longer own), in 1977. They put their hearts and souls into building a legacy that has stood the test of time.
Rene Jnr spent much of his time at the store from the moment his parents purchased it, and famously began sorting hangers from just three years of age. So, after successfully completing his VCE at St Bedes in Mentone he came to work in the company full time. He went on to complete his Dry Cleaning Trade Apprenticeship in 1995 and officially became the Managing Director of the company in 2013. This business has been his whole life and he is passionate about it in a way that is beyond compare. His daily focus is quality control, working shoulder to shoulder with our team of quality controllers personally checking garments to make sure that his highest of standards have been met.
Pamela Osorio was the daughter of a close family friend and employee when she came to work part time in the store at 15 years old in 1983. She commenced her three year trade apprenticeship in 1988, becoming fully qualified in 1991. She is now the Head Dry Cleaner and personally manages the cleaning of every single garment. We estimate that Pamela has personally cleaned more than one million garments. We think it's fair to say she knows what she's doing!
Rene Jnr's wife Kylie has worked for the company since 2006, surrounded by so many experienced staff she's still considered the "newbie". After learning the job from the ground up like everyone else she is now the General Manager utilising her significant background in small business management and communications. Rene and Kylie both work "hands on" every day in the Port Melbourne head office where all the work gets processed and are always available if you wish to say hi!
What a legacy! It has taken more than 35 years to get to this point and Renes Dry Cleaners is today the lifeblood of three generations of Jaramillo family and friends. We know that you will be able to tell the difference every time you come into our store and every time you pick up your clothes because what we do is not a job, it is our life. If we advise you on your garments you can truly believe that it is from experience that we speak and it is from the heart that we endeavour to do the very best for you that we can.
From all of us at Renes Dry Cleaners, we hope to see you in store soon.
Quality Controller since 1998
Store Manager at 114 Flinders Lane since 2000
Started in 2007, now store manager of Bourke St store