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Thursday, December 27, 2012

White Chanel Purse Dyed Black

After seeing my post of where I had re-dyed a leather jacket from tan to white, a customer wondered if I could change her white leather Chanel purse to black. Once I looked it over, I felt the purse would dye well. However, I was concerned about the leather intertwined within the chain link strap. I knew it would be extremely time consuming and meticulous to dye this part of the purse, but if she would be patient and give me the time, I was up to the challenge.

She chose to go with the color black so the purse wouldn't show stains as bad.

 You can see several areas were extremely worn and stained. 

The inside had two areas. 

The outer flap had a zipper compartment with the chain running through it,
which had stained the inner flap.

Below are the pictures of the cleaned and re-dyed purse. 


Notice the leather work woven in the chain. After it was dyed black, it presented a more formal look and accentuated the chain as well as the leather.  


Outer flap 

We decided to keep inside of the purse white. Everything else was to be black.

 Inner flap

The work I did on this purse changed it from something possibly ready to discard into something ready to go back out on the town.

Do you have a purse that needs a new look? 
I can help.

Coach Handbag Restoration

This Coach handbag was damaged when Hurricane Sandy 
came through Long Island New York .

It was recovered from a car which had been flooded with ocean water.

The handbag was given to the owner by her brother, who had passed away a couple of years ago. It had a lot of sentimental value and she did not want to part with it.  


A friend, knowing what this bag meant to her, wanted to have it restored. He was directed to my blog where he contacted me to see if I could fix the handbag.

He then asked, "can you have it done and shipped back by Christmas Day?" At first, I wasn't sure because this work usually takes 2 -3 weeks and Christmas was just a little more than a week away. I told him to ship it over-night and I would do my best. Fortunately, I was able to get started on it the next day. 

It took a lot of effort, but thankfully everything went extremely well.  I was able to finish all the work in a few days and over-night it back in time for Christmas. 

Below are pictures after I finished restoring her handbag.



Here is his response after receiving the package:

"WOW!  The package arrived ten minutes ago and I feel like a kid on Christmas day. It looks beautiful. I can hardly wait to see her face Christmas morning. Thank you so very much. Hope all your wishes come true because mine just did. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

 I was glad to do something that would bring joy to someone this holiday season.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lamb Purse by Gwen Stefani Restoration

 I received this Lamb purse by Gwen Stefani from one of my many mail-in customers. 
The leather was in good shape but the color needed to be restored. 

The metallic silver was worn and coming off in some areas, especially the edges.

Here's close up of the side. Which wasn't as bad as the edges of the purse.

The bottom of the purse showed the usual wear and needed to be freshened up.

Below is a close-up.

The handles showed the most wear. 
Hand oils and constant rubbing cause the color to flake off.

Below is the top of the handles. 
Unique design with the zipper on the handle.

Even though there weren't a lot of visible stains, I still needed to clean it to remove oils 
and soil that would prevent the new color from properly adhering to the leather.

 The finished purse had it's bling back.

The sides and bottom sparkle again.

Close up of the side.

The handles re-dyed and refinished like new.

I put a protective clear coating on all leather after re-dyeing.

When I e-mailed the final pictures to the customer, 
she replied that "the purse looks great".

I put a lot of work into restoring purses and it is very satisfying to please the customer.

If you have a purse or handbag that is worn.
This process greatly extends the use of designer purses. 
As long as the leather is not beyond repair, I can
recondition, re-dye and restore them.

Contact me at:

Michael Kor Purse Restoration

 This Michael Kor purse was recently brought to American Dry Cleaners in bad need of restoration.  

The edges were worn.

Color was gone in areas. 

Oily stains were all over the front,

and the back.

After cleaning and redyeing, the oily stains came out.

The edges were restored with new color.

Bringing back the "like new" look.

Below you can see how refreshed this purse has become.

From front to back.

Another pleased customer. In fact, we "wowed" them. 

If you have a purse that is need of restoration, please e-mail
Include photo's with your inquiry. 

Most work is done within 2 - 3 weeks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Coach Leather Purse Restored

This leather Coach purse was brought to me to be cleaned.
The customer had spilled oil based lotion in the purse,
which had soaked through the skin leaving a dark area on the outside.

The issue with oily type stains is that they tend to permanently darken the leather. 
These areas don't match the rest of the leather even after cleaning and will need to be re-dyed.

After cleaning, the leather had changed and the area did not match.
So we chose to re-dye the purse. 
The customer had given me freedom to pick a shade of brown that I thought looked good. 
So I hand blended a shade a little different from the original. 

She liked it. It gave her the feeling of having a new purse. 

I was happy to have another satisfied customer.

If you have a purse or leather garment you wish to have restored
contact Larry Hill at:


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tory Burch leather purse restored

This Tory Burch leather purse had stains and lost loss of color form wear. 
It also had places were dye had transferred from the rubbing against the customers clothing.
A very common problem with purses when using them while wearing new jeans. 
Jean dye is very unstable and transfers very easily. 

Here's the back and you can notice the slightly blue dye that has transferred 
from a pair of new jeans that the customer wore.

This closeup allows for a better look.

I cleaned and redyed the purse to it's original color. The Tori Burch logo on this purse was inlaid with leather and had to be delicately hand painted to match the rest of the purse.

The back where the blue dye had transferred was like new and refinished. 

E-mail me at:
Send pictures of items to be restored.
Or you can contact us by phone.