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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.