Some people buy cheap, wear hard, throw out, and repeat. This works for the clothing industry and for consumers with short attention spans. It’s not so good for the earth, or for the wallet. Given a choice, I’d take quality and très cher over quick-burn. Quality over quantity…etc.
Inherent in that philosophy is making use of shoe repair specialists, tailors, time service, dry cleaners…general product-life-prolonging services. I’ve been taking my Emporio Armani watch to Richmond Time Service for years, and although the shop hasn’t updated or renovated in well over two decades, the quality and knowledge of horologerie is ever-present.
I cannot say the same for local tailors or shoe repair establishments. Consistently, they seem vaguely expert at-best. Often, my own theory of a problem’s source or the associated prescription is better than the trained professional. Crowded store fronts and stacks of old shoe parts or fabric samples doesn’t earn points either.
How is this possible? And why are all these businesses stuck in the last century? Where are the professional, organized, high-end tailors/shoe repairists?
Either Nordstrom should open an alterations department, or a 20-something hipster should study the timeless art of sewing and provide a better, more appealing, more confidence-inspiring option.