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Best Place to Make an Old Bag New Again Los Angeles 2012 

Shoe Care

So you've spilled a venti latte all over your very expensive, very chic Italian handbag. Remain calm. Dmitry Aynbinder will take what looks like a cartography project gone wrong and make your fave purse new again. The Shoe Care owner takes his time (be patient, an artist is at work!) and matches your bag's color precisely, re-dyeing it several times, until you recognize your favorite carryall. The former mechanical engineer, who emigrated from Russia to Canada and then the States, says that "experience, passion and perfection," drive him. "I put my mind and heart into everything I do," he adds, and that attitude shows. Even if your bag is just too lovingly worn, Aynbinder refurbishes it until it looks brand new. A fixture in the Westside Pavilion for 20 years, the open, barlike shop is designed to draw customers in. Prices vary according to damage. 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. 203, W.L.A. (310) 441-1227, shoecare.com.

—Karre Jacobs

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