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Last week, the Wall Street Journal
published an interesting article entitled "
Giving Well-Worn Luxury Handbags Some TLC".
For the purpose of the article, the
Wall Street Journal shipped 4 different well-worn luxury handbags
to 4 different handbag cleaners and evaluated the results.
One of those handbags was a Louis
Vuitton brown monogrammed coated canvas tote with natura-colored
cowhide leather trim.
Interestingly enough, we had just
completed the cleaning and restoration of a Louis Vuitton Babylone
tote a few days earlier. So my curiosity was more than peaked.
Many of you already know that Louis
Vuitton handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks with brown
monogrammed coated canvas and natural-colored cowhide leather
develop numerous condition-related problems as a result of normal
usage. These problems include:
Anyhow, back to our client's Babylone
We received an email from a potential
client in Connecticut asking for our advice on the cleaning of her
tote. She told us that she had purchased it on line and that the
seller had described it as "fair condition; pre-owned; water
staining on leather, red stains on lining." She also included some
color photos that illustrated the seller's description.
We then called the potential client
assuring her that we believed that we could achieve good results.
We asked her to ship it to us, using our Nationwide
Clean By Mail Service.
About a week later the tote arrived.
Her instructions were quite clear: return the tote to as close to
original condition as was technically feasible. A few days later
commenced our work. A week later we called our client and informed
her that we were ready to ship.
The before and after photos below
reflect the transformation.
Prices on the cleaning and
reconditioning (inside and out) of brown monogrammed coated canvas
handbags, purses and backpacks with natural-colored cowhide leather
start at $125.00. Turnaround time is 1 to 2 weeks from the date of
For many more examples of handbags,
purses, wallets and backpacks that we've recently cleaned, please
enter HANDBAG CLEANING in the search engine at the top right of
By the way, if you're looking for a
handbag cleaning specialist, please remember this: All handbags,
purses, wallets and backpacks should be cleaned BY HAND. Never BY
MACHINE. And, then, only by a cleaner who specializes in these
accessories. And, the only way to ensure that the cleaner does, in
fact, specialize in these accessories is to make sure that the
cleaner has a FULL TIME handbag and purse cleaner ON PREMISES.
RAVE FabriCARE is the only dry cleaner
in Arizona and one of the very few in the USA that employs a full
time handbag cleaner whose sole job is to hand clean handbags, purses, wallets
and backpacks. Unlike other cleaners, we'd never
clean by machine and we'd never send your accessories to outside
third parties for cleaning. That way we're able to deliver the very
best technologically achievable results and return your items, in
most cases, in a week and a half to two weeks.
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