Superior Leather Restorers. "But if it were made of leather, we'd be able to do it." Rosen's been restoring and repairing leather goods for 45 years and there isn't anything that he cannot repair -- from your most delicate lavender, buttery-suede trench coat with a nasty stain on it to a special designer handbag that needs new straps.
Got a nasty gash in your best-fitting, slim leather pants? Marvin's your guy. The trickier the job, the more he likes the challenge. Those trousers with the hole in them? He can replace the entire panel and match the color, no sweat ($95 and up). Shortening the straps on a handbag starts at $50; changing straps and hardware on a handbag starts at $150; re-glazing an alligator or croc bag starts at $175. Replacing zippers on leather garments starts at $95, but a simple zipper repair might be $35. Refinishing a leather jacket (brown and black only) is $125 and up, while the same work on a jacket in a fashion color that Rosen has to mix and match would be $195 and up. Even if your job is a simple cleaning, Superior will do a superior job. 141 Lexington Ave. btw. 29th & 30th Sts., 212-889-7211; www.superiorleathernyc.com (This article originally appeared in the 9/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)
About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.