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Extreme makeover of a Louis Vuitton brown monogrammed tote

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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 results.

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 example.

  • The brown monogrammed coated canvas was grimy.
  • The color of the natural-colored cowhide leather handle and trim varied from a dark honey to a medium brown.
  • The natural-colored cowhide leather trim was heavily stained, particularly at the bottom and side panels.
  • The chocolate brown lining was soiled and exhibited numerous ink stains.

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 conditioning ...

 

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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 conditioning ...

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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 canvas handbag.

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 conditioning...

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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.

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.

 

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 results.
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 example.
* The brown monogrammed coated canvas was grimy.
* The color of the natural-colored cowhide leather handle and trim varied from a dark honey to a medium brown.
* The natural-colored cowhide leather trim was heavily stained, particularly at the bottom and side panels.
* The chocolate brown lining was soiled and exhibited numerous ink stains.
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 conditioning ...
(Before here)
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 conditioning ...
(photos after cleaning before redying)
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 canvas handbag.
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 conditioning...
(photos after dying)
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.
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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    Mari Quintiliani Says:
    I think that bag looks amazing! Great job! Someday I will purchase a Louis Vuitton Purse and You would be the first person that I would contact!
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