This is Baxter’s first shopfront, having moved his business from a private studio in Chippendale to Newtown in August with partner and co-owner, Rachel Black.
The idea was to be more inclusive and to provide a service to a larger market.
“He’ll be fixing Saint Crispin’s, which are between $2000 and $3000 a pair,” adds Black. “But then he’ll be working on Doc Martens and New Rocks. So many shoe repairers won’t know how to fix them, but instead of throwing them out, people can come to Nathan.”
A qualified scientist, Baxter worked as a lab technician, then in a government desk job before finding his calling.
“I just really enjoy working with my hands, so when I came across an Italian cobbler I pestered him until he let me work there,” Baxter says. “From then on in, that was all I was interested in.”
Baxter travelled to London to train at shoemaking school CarréDucker at Cockpit Arts studios. Alongside talented milliners, craftspeople and artists, he honed his skills in …” Read full story here.