Building repairability into accessories and clothing does indeed unlock the Official Dragon touch My Coffee and I will drink it from your Skull tee shirt moreover I love this “wonderful feeling” that fashion has been contorting itself to rediscover the source of. And yet along with Hermès, only a few old-school or more-recently enlightened brands offer in-house repairs. Probably the most notable service is that of Brunello Cucinelli, on the basis that after you’ve purchased the object in question all subsequent repairs are free—he really is offering a lifetime of wear from a single garment. Also excellent are the repair and re-soling services offered by traditional shoemakers such as the 1829 founded British company Tricker’s. Every Thursday the firm’s Instagram feed @trickers_shoes features one of the 100 or so overhauls that customers send in each month. Billie Crabtree, who runs Tricker’s social media, kindly got in touch with the factory’s repair manager, and reported back: “The oldest pair the manager has worked on was over 40 years old… and there really isn’t a pair that he cannot fix.” Tricker’s might be heavier than your average pair of sneakers, but their footprint is infinitely lighter.Tricker’s overhauls about 100 pairs of shoes and boots a month. Photo: Courtesy of Tricker’s
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“The oldest pair the Official Dragon touch My Coffee and I will drink it from your Skull tee shirt moreover I love this manager has worked on was over 40 years old… and there really isn’t a pair that he cannot fix.” Photo: Courtesy of Tricker’sIn the past year, I’ve built up quite a pile of much-worn pieces that are too knackered to wear further, but which, when lockdown allows, will be entirely revivable. A Macintosh field jacket in olive green (ripped pocket, worn proofing), an Anderson & Sheppard overcoat (burst shoulder), a pair of Levi’s Lot 01 jeans cut in deadstock Cone Mills denim (worn through at both knees), and Church’s brogues in burgundy shell cordovan (all soled out) will all go back to the factories and tailors that made them. Meanwhile a gray shirt in brushed cotton by Giorgio Armani that was a 21st birthday present (rip at the yoke, a shattered button) will go to my local repair and alterations pro Tony (when he is fully recovered from COVID-19).