The News & Observer
How very 1930s.
These days, though, more women are rediscovering the benefits of a visit to their local shoe repair shops.
“In this economy, people are thinking twice about buying a pair of expensive shoes,” says Robert Santana, owner of Santana Creative, a North Raleigh shoe repair shop that fixes top brands such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Ferragamo sent in from around the country. “They are repairing some shoes more than buying new shoes.”
Where do fashionistas turn when their vintage purses or designer shoes need some TLC?
They can always call on suppliers in New York or LA for some new lining or leather conditioning, Or they can contact one of the best kept secrets in the leather repair and restoration business – right here in Raleigh.
Santana Creative is the go-to repair expert for fashion houses around the world, including Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Chloe and Ferragamo, just to name a few. If you’ve ever taken a Christian Louboutin shoe back to the store for re-soling, there is a good chance the repair passed through a pair of expert hands at Santana Creative.
Since moving to Raleigh in 2007, Santana and his brother, Yury, have been growing a business based on skills and passion they learned from their father in Peru, enhanced by their own first careers in logistics and design. The market niche they’ve made their own with Santana Creative is the care and repair of high-end designer shores and purses-accessories worth thousands of dollars – from clients all over the world.