Next time someone lights your fire -- or rather, lights you on fire -- with a cigarette burn on your clothing, the rescue squad you'll be calling is French American Reweaving Co. The company has been in business since the 1930s, and owner Ronnie Moore has been there since the '60s. He and his nimble-fingered magicians in the back room can make holey cloth whole, either by piece-weaving sections of fabric (harvested from inconspicuous places on the garment) into the missing spots, or weaving single threads into the gaps -- one by one by one. Yup, even where there is no cloth they can create fabric, and do it so seamlessly that you'd be hard-pressed to find the original tear, burn, or hole.
Got a pair of trousers with a worn crotch, or a hip/wallet pocket that is threadbare around the edges? Or how about a bunch of little moth holes in a pretty sweater? (And you'll definitely want to save this resource for the fall, when you awaken your clothes from their lollygagging estivation and you discover that a family of moths has turned a cashmere sleeve into lunch!) Moore's work is flawless -- but be forewarned, this kind of handwork is pricey -- and people send him their ripped and tattered clothing from all over the country and as far away as Australia. Re-knitting a cigarette burn on a sweater starts at $45; piece-weaving on a woven starts at $95; single-thread reweaving on a woven starts at $115; repairing a worn crotch starts at $65; and repairing a worn hip pocket starts at $75. French American Re-weaving Co., 119 W. 57 St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves., 212-765-4670 (This article originally appeared in the 5/06 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.