Get your 2019 wardrobe sorted: five best sites for repairing clothes, bags and shoes.

Forget banning chocolate or Dry January. If you have any New Year’s resolution for 2019, it should be this: to keep your garments, shoes and bags out of landfills and IN your wardrobe.

The good news is that, these days, it is easier than ever to repair, restore and revive your most worn treasures.

Just check out these brilliantly simple online repair sites, which restore your favourite items to former glory with minimum hassle on your part.

CLOTHES
Clothes Doctor


A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed. This online services picks up from and delivers back to your door all manner of repairs and alterations of your most loved items of clothing. A team of seamstresses based in Cornwall, darn, stitch and adjust to an exacting, flawless standard. With a slick service, clear website and no inconvenient label printing, Clothes Doctor is one to remember. Operates across the UK.

SHOES & HANDBAGS
The Restory


An on-demand shoe and handbag restoration service for men and women that combines the convenience of technology with the craft of shoe and handbag repair. From cleaning and repairs to replacement of specialist parts or refashioning, The Restory is collects and returns items for free throughout the UK and also has a drop-in store at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

VINTAGE
Splendid Stitches


Re-work, repair or simply preserve your treasured vintage items for future generations with the help of Nanna Sandom, a specialist seamstress who runs Splendid Stitches from her studio in Bloomsbury. With unrivalled experience in dealing with tricky, delicate and unusual alterations, the service can also offer extensive vintage wedding dress help. Make an appointment online.

CASHMERE
Love Cashmere Care Service


Breathe new life into your old knitwear with the help of Love Cashmere Care Service. Operating from its knitwear factory in Hawick, Scotland – the ‘home of cashmere’, this expert cleaning and repair service restores cashmere, wool and other natural fibres, repairing everything from moth holes to bobbles at only £29 per item, plus the cost of sending. All items are returned as new by courier within three weeks. Result.

CLOTHING & SHOE CARE
Total Wardrobe Care


Protect your clothes from dreaded moths with Total Wardrobe Care, which sells items including natural anti-moth essential oil and the moth box, which attracts only male moths to prevent breeding. The site also sells acid free tissue paper for delicate clothing, garment and shoe storage products and more, helping you to keep your clothes and shoes for longer and in best possible condition.

February 2019