I held onto a carry on suitcase for several years after the front pocket zipper broke because it was functional and because it had cost quite a bit. So much for investing in higher quality! Passing Leather World one day with its array of suitcases the window, I decided to ask if they repaired them. Very glad I asked–they saved my $300 plus ┬ápurchase with a repair that cost a fraction. The following year, I took in another suitcase that was missing a wheel after some rough handling at the airport. Also repaired! Next to get taken in is a bag that is missing the handle. Highly recommended. (Submitted by Sunwoo Kahng)

Leather World (30 Langley Rd., Newton Centre)

According to their website, the store can repair:

  • Zipper tabs, pulls or sliders
  • Pull handles repair or replacement
  • Torn or ripped fabric
  • Seam stitching, sewing or patching
  • Interior expansion systems
  • Broken, cracked wheels
  • Spinner wheels repair
  • TSA lock replacement
  • Luggage cleaning
  • Damaged zipper repair
  • Carry handles repair or replacement
  • Refurbish leather
  • Repair Cracked or dented corners
  • New divider pads
  • Wheel/wheel housing replacement
  • Replace skids/feet/corner guards
  • Shoulder straps
  • Add monograms

To achieve meaningful reduction in waste, we know we need to move beyond recycling to reduce and reuse. Tell us your best tips on businesses in the Newton area that have successfully repaired items. We will publish stories in future issues to help others repair and reuse.

Please include the name of the business, location, and a paragraph description of the issue and the repair done. A photo that illustrates the story (e.g., item, business, etc) is also welcome. Send to events@greennewton.org.