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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Antique Leather Briefcase Restored

Every now and then, I get to restore a piece of history.
This antique leather briefcase dates back to the 1940's 
and was a beautiful crafted piece of days gone by.

The first thing I had to address was the leather which was dried out. 
This happens over time and is made worse if stored in an attic which gets extremely hot.

In this case, it didn't appear to be subjected to a lot of heat.
The brass was tarnished which is normal considering it's age. 
Some of the rust stains had been rubbed onto the leather. 
I was concerned that these stains might not totally come out.
There were also dark stains from where it had laid against something. 

After hours of work, I'm proud to say that the leather 
and metal pieces cleaned and polished up very well. 

As I was working, I admired the craftsmanship that went into making this briefcase; from the 
inlaid rope that bordered the edges to the detailed pictures chiseled in the leather.

You can see from this closeup how the detail pops out 
once it has been properly finished and polished.

I thoroughly enjoyed restoring this leather piece.

If you have leather items that have been stored and lost 
there brilliancy, I can usually restore them.

Be sure to attach pictures of the item you wish restored.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Florsheim Shoes Restoration

I have had more request lately for restoring dress shoes. 
This is an example of a pair of Florsheim shoes that were in severe need of redyeing. 

The shoe leather was in good shape, 
but the dye had been scuffed and worn off in several places.

In fact, at first glance, I assumed that they were originally two tone shoes.

But after closer inspection, I saw that they were one color.

Below are several pictures after restoring these shoes.

The close up of the toes.

The side picture.

The shoes were like new again. 

Instead of having to break in a new pair of shoes, 
this customer was able to have his already broken-in pair revitalized.

Larry Hill

Monday, July 2, 2012

Kate Spade Purse Restoration

I received this Kate Spade purse in the mail from a customer recently. 
The cloth was faded out and the leather had stains from liquids that caused discolored rings.

As you can see the leather bottom was very discolored.

As I flip it over you can see the other side of the bottom.

A closeup angle shot helps you see the faded fabric.

My task was to revitalize this once beautiful purse.

Below are pictures of the finished product.

I was able to redye the fabric.

A closeup of the top let's you see the detail of this once again beautiful purse.

The bottom leather is back to a "like new" condition. 
I hand blended the leather dye to match.

I put a coat of clear protectant finish to help prevent future staining of the leather.

This purse turned out very well. I was able to "wow" the customer.

If you have leather purse, handbag or briefcase that you would like restored. 

E-mail me pictures at
I restore leather and suede items from all over the U.S. 

Mail to:
American Dry Cleaners
1806 N. Graham Street
Charlotte NC 28206