I was familiar with Classic Shoe Repairs from my time working with Anya Hindmarch, and until now I haven’t used them for Chic&Seek. However, I had been given two bags to sell that were in need of some TLC… My visit to the shop was very interesting and enjoyable; so much so I thought it was worth sharing with my fellow Chic Seekers!
I walked into the store, near Kentish Town, to an exceptionally friendly welcome from Michael, the managing director, while he was busy working on a pair of Jimmy Choos. I explained my requests to re-line a Chanel bag and replace the piping on a YSL Roady, which I thought might be a little ambitious. Michael didn’t bat an eyelid; with years of witnessing how us girls can trash our most precious possessions, he whisked the bags away and assured me it was no problem to fix.
Michael Xenophotos, originally from Cyprus, told me his father asked him aged 13 what he would like to do for a living, and without hesitation he replied ‘make shoes’! Consequently his father sent him on a course for three years, costing £30, where, in 1963, he went on to start his own business in London; Classic Shoes Repairs
Michel works along side his two sons Chris and Costa; the energy of the family run business is palpable. I chatted to both sons, who were more than happy to show me the large workshop at the back of the shop; all the repairs are done on site.
Classic Shoe Repairs do anything and everything, from making those red soles on your Louboutin heels to look absolutely brand new, to adding a piece of padding for extra comfort under the insole on your sky high Jimmy Choos – no more slimy Party Feet required ladies!
I cannot recommend this family owned business highly enough. Check them out and see what they can do for you!
23-25 Brecknock Road, London, N7 0BL
Lots of Love, Tara xx