Five Outstanding Custom Services in Boston
This spring, breathe new life into old favorites with help from these local pros.
For the Style Savant
376 Boylston St., Boston, 617-437-9180, newburytailors.com.
Whether it’s a fraying leather jacket that you can’t bear to part with or a go-to pair of dress pants that has always been a bit too long, the experienced team of magicians at Newbury Tailors knows more than a few tricks to restore or reshape your wardrobe staples. The family-owned shop also offers custom suit design for both men and women, as well as a slew of specialty services such as swimsuit alteration, belt shortening, and underwire repair.
Must-Get: Coat lining replacement, starting at $45.
For the Wayfarer
George’s Shoe Repair
120 Union Park St., Boston, 617-970-3836.
Traversing our delightfully compact city by foot may help you rack up steps on your Fitbit, but it’s not exactly a cakewalk for your favorite kicks. That’s where George Triantafillidis comes in. Famous for making house calls during warmer months, the veteran cobbler—who grew up shining shoes at his father’s footwear-repair shop in the Pru—can refinish leather, fix broken heels, and replace hole-ridden soles.
Must-Get: Heel replacement, starting at $12.
For the Accessory Aficionado
450 Harrison Ave., Boston, sashawalsh.com.
Known for her nature-inspired cuffs, pendants, and earrings, South End jeweler Sasha Walsh also excels at custom design. Bring in your old baubles or that woefully outdated piece you inherited from dear Aunt Sue, and, after a free hourlong consultation, the MassArt grad will use the materials to craft brand-new bling you’ll actually want to wear. Walsh practices sustainable metalsmithing, so your jewelry will be eco-friendly, too.
Must-Get: Redesigned platinum ring with heirloom diamonds, $3,100.
For the Art Collector
A Street Frames
755 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-2259; 460C Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-437-7761; astreetframes.com.
What’s the point of owning killer artwork if you don’t display it? Dust off those pieces you’ve been storing and head over to this 13,000-square-foot Cambridge showroom, where skilled craftspeople draw from materials such as hardwood, gold leaf, and welded aluminum and steel to fashion hardy, one-of-a-kind frames worthy of museum walls. Indeed, the company counts several city galleries among its clientele.
Must-Get: Custom hardwood frame, starting at $200.
For the Nester
Crimson Upholstering Co.
175 North St., Newton, 617-244-1750, fabric-showroom.com.
Even the finest sofas and chairs eventually succumb to the wear and tear of kids, pets, and red wine. The experts at Newton’s Crimson Upholstering Co. can reinvigorate tired furniture with new fabric—good luck choosing from thousands of in-store swatches—framing, padding, and spring work.
Must-Get: Reupholstered loveseat, starting at $1,200 plus fabric.