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After the financial crisis of 2008, Kyiv has gained a small army of people who are good with their hands and can fix what the French tailors and Italian shoemakers created, saving the luxury brand lovers a pretty penny.

Dozens of websites in Ukraine advertise services such as repairs and dry cleaning that give your luxury attire and accessories a second life.

Timofei Polishchuk, a 32-year old shoe master, has a gallery on his website, http://timotheus.com.ua, of the before and after: what the shoes look like that his clients brought in, and what they look like after he is done with them. They arrive shabby and stained, but are transformed under Polischuk’s skillful hands.

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