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What can you do to a leather or suede
handbag, purse or backpack that cannot be cleaned and restored to
its' original or near original condition?
Answer: you might want to consider
Consider this Prada alligator leather
handbag, for example.
Our client found this $3,000 handbag
in her sister's closet and convinced her sister to allow her to
bring it to RAVE FabriCARE for "cleaning".
Upon examination, we identified two
The extent of
this darkening can be seen in the following photos that juxtapose
the inside of one zippered pouch against the outside:
The issues were quite clear: could the
alligator skin be restored to it's original lighter color and could
the ink be removed from the leather lining using hand cleaning
After testing both skins using various
cleaning techniques, we reluctantly concluded that the answer was
So what could be done to "save" this
$3,000 handbag? We suggested that the handbag be cleaned to the
extent possible, reconditioned to restore the suppleness of the
skin, and then re-dyed to match the color of the four olive-brown
The client agreed. Two weeks later the
client stopped by to pick up her sister's handbag and was delighted
with the results. And the cost? $225.
The results of the transformation can
be seen in the before and after photos below.
When considering re-dyeing a leather
or suede handbag, purse, backpack or wallet, please bear in mind
that each item must be individually evaluated to determine the
feasibility of achieving the desired results.
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