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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Designer Purse Cleaning

 This Michael Kors purse was one of the owner's favorite. But because of the constant use had become heavily soiled. The finish had also begun to turn brown in areas.




Notice the discoloration and stains.



After cleaning, I mixed the dye to match the original color. Shades of off-white can be very difficult to match. But after a few attempts I got it matched and proceeded to redye the purse.





The purse turned out very nicely. Most importantly, the customer was pleased. She was glad to have her favorite purse back like new.


Since these purses can cost from $300.00 to $2000.00, having them cleaned and restored can greatly extend their use and thereby make that investment last longer.



Restoring "Spats" Two Tone Leather Shoes


These shoes called "Spats" are a blast from the past. As you can see, they were dull with age and wear. The owner, an avid "shag dancer" (a dance made popular along the coast of the Carolina's) wanted them restored to their original brilliance.


After cleaning, I started the process of redyeing the color.


Notice how drastically this process improves the appearance.


Once fully cleaned and dyed, I treated them with a final coat of leather oil. Now these Spats are ready to go back on the dance floor. Hope you get many more years of use out of them.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Restoring Old Bomber Leather Jacket

This jacket came to me in very poor condition. The finish and color was completely worn off. Fortunately, the leather had no holes in it and was in my opinion salvageable. The customer originally just wanted it cleaned, but I asked the customer it she wanted it restored. Which basically meant redyeing and refinishing the whole jacket. She was excited at the prospect of having her old jacket renewed and said, "yes".

Here's a picture of the jacket when I received it.


The jacket used to be a darker brown and had a shiny finish.
As you can see, most of the original color and finish was gone.



After cleaning it, I started the process of redying the leather.



I deliberately redyed one side of the jacket at a time so you can see the difference as I progressed.



Next, I started the process of re-applying the clear leather finish. This puts a seal on the dye that helps repel water and stains. This also protects the leather dye from light abrasion.

 



The final result is so striking that most people who saw the before and after pictures did not want to believe it was the same jacket.
Believe me, it is the same old bomber jacket, but in renewed condition. 


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Motor Cycle Jacket Fully Restored

This jacket was brought to me in very bad condition. The leather was stiff and cracking. The lining was completely destroyed. All of the zippers and some of the snaps were broken. To be honest, I wasn't sure how successful I would be in bringing this jacket back to wearable condition. After confering with the customer, we decided to go forward.



First thing I had to do was soften the leather. This process puts the natural oils back into the jacket and took over a week of daily reapplying the oils. After this was accomplished I cleaned it. At this point, it was clear in certain areas of the jacket that the leather would have to be replaced. After discussing things over with my leather alteration expert, I had her replace the collar and lapels, the pieces inside of the sleeve zippers and create a piece that would cover the back shoulders of the jacket. Once all that was done, she went about remaking the whole inner lining. When I got it back after all the alterations were done, I was greatly encouraged and felt more confident that this jacket was coming back to life.
Now it was time to redye and recondition the leather. The leather because of it age took several treatments.
 See where we replaced the back shoulder piece. And then after it was redyed. I think it turned out very nice.  
 

This is the inside lining after it was remade. 

See how nice the collar turned out.

Finally, the end result.

After I shipped it back to the customer, she called to say how thrilled she was with the results. I must say I was too.