We find Mr. Constantin on Corneliu Coposu Street, behind a very attractive shop facade. Mr. Constantin has been a cobbler for many years now, in the present workshop he has been working already for 26 years. He repairs zips, soles, heel lifts, stitches and does gluing even for purses, which we too often abandon even if we could so easily repair instead.
Mrs Anica has started this business more than 15 years ago. She had some help from her son and son-in-law. The first shop was located in Colentina neighbourhood, but when she moved at this address, she was happy to see that the clients have followed her here. Being a skillful tailor, Mrs Anica mends clothes but also makes them from scratch.
In the long history of the Coltei street, many shopes have opened and closed down here, the street being a prefered place for trading for the craftsmen of the time. Besides the remaining furrieries, here we can find the tailor shop of Mr. Vasile. Highly-ranked tailor with a vast experience, he analizes with curious eyes the tailoring of the clothes worm by the customers that step into his workshop.
Taking a stroll on 1 Mai Bvd we find Croitoria Artim which answers the needs of those who live or work in this area. One of the methods to apply principles of sustainable consumption is to buy less and repair, but also to choose the local business. The tailors are doing this job for many years now and they say that very little is surprising anymore. That does not exclude that every tailor has their own preferences.
One can make in this tailor shop a wide variety of touch ups, easy and without a big fuss. about it. Although many prefer to throw away than to repair, because it takes too much of their time to go to a tailor, here is not the case, the shop being located in a crowded, transitory area, right “in your way”. A stop at the tailor represents quality time dedicated to sustainable living.
A tailoring workshop that doesn’t follow a typical pattern. Alongside small touch-ups done by diligent tailorwomen, the main specialization of this workshop are work uniforms. White, orange, red of blue, they can be combined, matched and adjusted on the spot.
“Prăvălia lui Virgil” is an excelent example of someone that is said to be “in tune with the trends”. Mr Virgil has always paid attention to how he can accomodate the client’s whishes and to all the novelties. When he is at the shop he wears all the time an leather apron handmade in his shop. Here you can mend fur clothing, shoes, one can shapen scissors, duplicate keys, paint leather, but one can also create from scratch leather products.
Mr. Petru says that since the passage Grant was built, fewer people step inside his shop for glasses and mirrors. Changes in the urban landscape are most of the time crucial to small family businesses or for workshops of this kind. But thanks to internet , now we can easily bypass the street and to know that around the corner we can find Mr Petru who works with glass.