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Last week, I posted
before and after photos of the cleaning of a Louis Vuitton
brown monogrammed coated canvas Babylone tote with natural-colored
cowhide leather trim.
In that particular case, we were able to achieve commendable
As is the case with most accessories, the results that can be
achieved are obviously dependant on the age and condition of the
handbag, purse, wallet or backpack. Take this discontinued but very
collectible Louis Vuitton brown monogrammed XL ALTO tote, for
Our client informed me that the tote had been given to her by a
friend who was about to throw it out. She asked us if there was
anything that could be done to "save" the tote.
Here are the photos of the tote prior to cleaning and leather
We informed our client that we would do our very best to return
her tote to as close to original condition as possible but that the
real challenge would be returning the cowhide leather to its
original natural color.
The result was quite predictable: the coated canvas and the
lining cleaned up quite nicely. However, despite numerous
cleanings, the cowhide leather defied all attempts to return it to
a "clean" natural color.
Here are photos of the tote after cleaning and leather
We called our client to inform her that we had completed the
cleaning and that, unfortunately, we were unable to return the
cowhide leather to anything close to a "clean" natural color. We
invited the client to return so that she could examine the results
for herself and explore any further options.
When our client returned she was obviously disappointed with the
results but fully appreciated the extent of the cleaning challenge.
When our client expressed the sentiment that she would not be able
to use the tote in that condition, we suggested one further option:
redye the cowhide leather trim the exact same natural color she
would find on a brand new Louis Vuitton brown monogrammed coated
After numerous experiments with different combinations and
concentrations of dyes, we were able to produce our very own "Louis
Vuitton natural color" dye.
Here are photos of the tote after cleaning, redying and leather
When our client returned to collect the tote she was delighted
with the results. To quote her: "It looks almost original". Well,
not quite original, maybe just acceptable.
Prices on the cleaning and reconditioning (inside and out) of
Louis Vuitton 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 receipt.
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 this page.
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 dry 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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