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Sneaker Restoration Shops

'The Lab' Helps Consumers Restore Sneakers to Their Former Glory

— May 3, 2017 — Fashion
'The Lab' is a specialty shop that helps shoe-obsessed consumers restore sneakers to their former glory. Located in the heart of Quezon City, Philippines, the shop caters to the growing number of consumers collecting high-end kicks.

The Lab was originally started by Jay Villarama, after a visit to the US. In the US, Villarama observed the obsession with customizing and restoring sneakers. Today, The Lab helps consumers clean, restore and customize their sneakers to keep each pair looking good as new. The shop even sells its own brand of cleaning solution called The Lab 'Solesaver,' to help clients keep their kicks looking fresh on the go.

Describing the service as "70 percent art and 30 percent science," Villarama explain that his specialty shop has quickly become the go-to spot to restore sneakers in the Philippines.
Trend Themes
1. Sneaker Restoration - Opportunity to offer specialized sneaker restoration services to meet the growing demand from sneaker enthusiasts.
2. Customization - Disruptive innovation opportunity to provide customized options for sneaker restoration, allowing consumers to personalize their sneakers.
3. Cleaning Solutions - Potential for creating innovative cleaning solutions specifically designed for sneaker restoration, offering convenience and effective cleaning results.
Industry Implications
1. Shoe Care Products - Opportunity for shoe care product manufacturers to develop and offer specialized cleaning solutions for sneaker restoration.
2. Retail - Disruptive innovation opportunity to establish specialized sneaker restoration shops within retail stores, providing a one-stop solution for sneaker enthusiasts.
3. E-commerce - Potential for online platforms dedicated to sneaker restoration services, offering convenient and accessible options for consumers to restore their sneakers.
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