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Extreme makeover of a Prada handbag

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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 re-dyeing it.
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 major issues:
* The alligator skin had significantly darkened over time due to the accumulation of soil and grease, due to contact with a strong light source, or both.
The extent of this darkening can be seen in the following photos that juxtapose the inside ofone zippered pouch against the outside:
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* The leather lining was heavily stained with ink. Ink is one of the two most difficult stains to remove from leather or suede (the second is protein stains).
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 techniques?
After testing both skins using various cleaning techniques, we reluctantly concluded that the answer was "no".
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 zippers.
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.
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AFTER
Note:
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.
For example:
* If the lining was made of canvas, the canvas could not be re-dyed;
* If the handbag displayed contrasting stitching, the contrast could not be retained;
* If the outside leather or suede becomes worn in places (for example, on the four bottom corners), the original color could show and would then have to be re-dyed.
How can I help you?
To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.
To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

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 re-dyeing it.

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 major issues:

  • The alligator skin had significantly darkened over time due to the accumulation of soil and grease, due to contact with a strong light source, or both.

The extent of this darkening can be seen in the following photos that juxtapose the inside of one zippered pouch against the outside:

 

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  • The leather lining was heavily stained with ink. Ink is one of the two most difficult stains to remove from leather or suede (the second is protein stains)

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 techniques?

After testing both skins using various cleaning techniques, we reluctantly concluded that the answer was "no".

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 zippers.

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.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Note:

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.

For example:

  • If the lining was made of canvas, the canvas could not be re-dyed;
  • If the handbag displayed contrasting stitching, the contrast could not be retained;
  • If the outside leather or suede becomes worn in places (for example, on the four bottom corners), the original color could show and would then have to be re-dyed.

How can I help you?

To comment on this post, please use the comment section below.

To ask a question relating to any of your garments or accessories, please email us.

 

 


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