2005 I randomly stumbled into a shoe repair shop in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was a father and his daughter fixing shoes. I was mind blown that this existed. I was 19 years old. I asked them if they could sew some leather lasered pieces onto this vans shoe I designed. They said yes of course. I was in aw that it was possible. A few years later I ended up back in my home town Santa Rosa, California. I was searching out shoe repairs around town. The first guy I went to cursed me away, the second guy was so busy he could care less, the third shoe repair was Daryl Fazio in Windsor, California. He was open to showing me a machine I should buy. I asked him if I could work for him for free , I would clean the shop and just watch. But he told me no I would be a liability. But the next day I went back and just watched from over the counter. Then he knew I was serious and I really wanted to learn. Soon enough I was behind the counter cleaning, sweeping, organizing. Then it turned into doing "rip work" fixing bags, purses , shoes. Then it turned into fixing @redwingshoes boots and putting new @vibram soles on them. I believe it was now 2006-07 I was putting VIBRAM boot soles on vans, Supra, android Homme, sebagos and more. I was a kid with a dream and a passion for sneakers I had jordans and vans I bought with my own money. I was a kid in search of a hidden craft. I didn't grow up in this business. And all of these ideas I was creating were my own. My dad was a chef. A damn good one at that. Many came before me just in a different way, I'm here to help evolve the craft and become better than I was yesterday. Shout out to the shoe repair shops , shout out to the real shoe makers. Shoutout to the ones who focus on quality and continue to push the craft.