Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last year, instead of buying new shoes and a new purse for the summer, I decided to take a friend's advice and try a shoe repair shop instead. I bagged up a few of my flats and a couple pair of heels, along with a nice Prada purse I had gotten at a second hand shop, and ventured off to my local shoe repair.
A week later, I was amazed at what I saw. My shoes looked like new (except I didn't have to go thru the gruelling process of breaking them in.) And the purse had been polished, the clasp fixed, and the lining mended. I was so pleased! I'm a convert of the shoe repair shop and never again will I throw away a pair well-worn and loved shoes before asking for the advice of a cobbler.
I saw this article by Melissa Magsaysay in the L.A. Times:
Shoe repair shops bring new life and style to classic bags, heels
Accessory updates are simple, and they're a smart way to extend the life of basic pieces, customize sale finds or reinvent something for a new season. A brown hobo bag, for example, loses the bohemian vibe when dyed black or deep gray. It can get even more sophisticated if you replace the rustic brass hardware with pewter or brushed silver.
We've found four local cobblers who don't just fix shoes and bags, but also rework, reconstruct and update them. They can restyle a pump, turn a gladiator sandal into a T-bar and give a trendy clutch new life as a classic evening bag.
“It’s taking what’s there and making something new out of it,” says Pasquale Fabrizio.