February 22, 2009 |
Serene Cicora craved a new black bag last fall, but couldn't come to terms with the $1,000-plus price tags on the styles she liked. So Cicora, an L.A. publicist, took her brown Mulberry Bayswater bag from several seasons ago and spent $120 to have it dyed black. The makeover gave her a key "new" piece -- and moved her $1,800 bag back to the front of the closet.
August 28, 1989 |
Lavender is not the color normally associated with shoe repair. Brown, as in dirt brown, or black, as in bootblack, perhaps, but never lavender. Somehow, it's tough to picture the hard-working immigrant shoemaker, surrounded by scraps of leather and rubber soles and ceiling-high stacks of seemingly abandoned shoes, toiling at a lavender machine. But for the new wave of instant shoe repair shops, lavender will do just fine, thanks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2000 |
Shoe sales are rising faster than stock prices during this booming economy. But the good times aren't great for the shoe repair business. That's because fewer people bother to get that hole in their sole patched when they have dollars in their pocket and extra pressure to follow fashion trends. Mark Builder, manager of Red Wing Shoe and Repair in Oxnard, which sells work shoes and boots, said his shoe repair business dips when sales of new shoes soar. And these days retail is flying high.
March 21, 2009 |
Shoe Cobbler As the morning Wall Street crowd rushed past Minas Shoe Repair, a group of women in dark business suits stepped inside, sorry-looking pumps in hand. The shoe-shine stations along one wall were full. There was a line of tapping toes and shuffling feet a dozen deep, waiting before the black marble counter. Minas Polychronakis It was 9 a.m. Trading at the New York Stock Exchange, a couple blocks away, would start in half an hour.
March 7, 2012 |
For a recent episode of the TV series "Modern Family," Raul Ojeda crafted a pair of shoes covered in red sequins for actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. His character, Mitchell, shows off the shoes for a "Wizard of Oz"-themed birthday party he throws for his partner, Cam. A decade ago, Raul Ojeda was working as a shoe shiner. Now the 29-year-old is leaving his own footprint in Hollywood, supplying custom-made shoes to stars such as Steve Carell and Sally Field. Ojeda is the owner of Los Angeles-based Willie's Shoe Service, a shoe repair shop that has been providing footwear to the entertainment industry since 1956, when Willebaldo "Willie" Rivera opened a small business across from Paramount Pictures on Melrose Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1991
Shem D. Smith, a former Burbank police commissioner who owned and operated a shoe repair shop, has died at a Burbank hospital. He was 84. A resident of Burbank, Smith died Jan. 31 of cancer, said his son, Doug Smith. Born in Warren, Okla., he came to California in 1926 and enrolled at the USC School of Music. In the mid-1930s, he went to work for Zinke's Shoe Repair Co. in Los Angeles, eventually becoming general manager. In 1949, he and partner Charlie Compton opened C & S Shoe Repair Co.