Best of Philly: Wardrobe-Salvaging Pros

Stop throwing away your most treasured, worn-out closet items.

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Got that one coat in your closet that’s so darn cute but totally has a huge tear in the lining? How about those Italian leather shoes that you waited a little too long to shine, and now they just look sad? Luckily, Philly’s got some pros that will breathe new life into your most treasured belongings, so you can reuse instead of replace — and save your heard-earned money for, well, these BOP-worthy meals.

  • When it comes to major alterations, there’s no one better than Sara Teixeira at the Tailory, a tiny, by-appointment-only studio. We’ve seen her turn a high-necked vintage gown into a striking, low-cut stunner that looked like custom couture. 217 Vine Street, Old City.
  • For actual couture, trust the dry-cleaning pros at Carriage Trade Cleaners. They’ve been handling stained silks, cashmeres, leather and fur for 30-plus years, and they work miracles (e.g., getting brick-red lipstick out of white chiffon). 1108 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose.
  • Speaking of miracles, we’ve never seen leather face-lifts like the kind Tung To does at his boutique, ToBox. Take your dull, beat-up shoes, bags, belts and briefcases to his men’s footwear shop, and they’ll restore and repaint the leather by hand. 25 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse.
  • And for coat relining, head to Saks Fifth Avenue. The excellent alterations department will expertly replace the worn or holey lining of your favorite topper … even if you didn’t buy it there. It’s the best-kept secret in Philly’s sartorial history. 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd.  

The solution is right here — never throw away an amazing closet staple again, thanks to these Best-of-Philly-winning, wardrobe-salvaging pros.