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Best Leather-Couch Repairman

  • Saul Shapiro of Fibrenew


    One-man band Shapiro, formerly an engineer, pined for a job that would allow him to bike around and get his hands dirty. Now he takes house calls and totes his leather-fixing equipment on a bike trailer. In addition to standard patches for ripped leather (cat scratches are a specialty, for $250), Shapiro can re-dye an entire couch for $750—and fast: He finishes each job in a single day without leaving your living room. Once he’s under your roof, Shapiro may even throw in on-the-spot touch-ups of other household items—he once re-dyed the plastic on a classic Olivetti typewriter after a client tried to clean it himself.

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine