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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.