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Best Reweaver


Alice Zotta
2 W. 45th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Ste. 1701; 212-840-7657
When moths attack—and trust us, they will—it seems unnaturally cruel to have to replace designer cashmere and iconic plaid. Enter the seemingly immortal Alice Zotta. From her perch on the seventeenth floor of a midtown building, Zotta, has been reweaving sweaters and scarves of any print, material, and caliber for more than 70—yes, 70—years. The results? Flawless integration, as Zotta culls spare threads from other areas of the garment. An average moth attack on a sweater will run you about $35, and more delicate garments with intricate patterning can cost upwards of $100 to repair, but you do the math: Unless all your woven and knit fabrics come from Uniqlo or H&M, it’s probably worth it.


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