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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

70's era Coach Briefcase Restored



This 1970's era Coach briefcase had been through a lot. The owner told me that her husband was getting ready to use it as a tool bag. Before she would let that happen, she contacted me to see if I could restore it. It looked like the leather was worn but not damaged beyond repair. I was confident it could be restored.



Most of the problem was discoloration from use. 
The flap was darkened from years of handling. 
Also, the finish had been heavily scratched and worn.


A good cleaning and reconditioning would prepare the leather for a new color and finish.


The back leather was also darkened due to years of handling.


Closeup of the back corner before cleaning.


Below are the pictures after redyeing and refinishing the briefcase. 


When the customer saw the pictures, she remarked, "I never figured it would turn out this good".


Closeup of the front buckle.


It did turn out very well. The leather came back to "like new" condition.
This is a closeup of the front corner.


The back, once very dark from use, now looked unused.


This is a close up of the back corner.


This briefcase once ready to be turned into a tool bag was now restored and ready for the office.


Each piece is individually priced.
e-mail pictures to receive an estimate.
Work usually takes 2-3 weeks to complete. 

Mail to:

American Cleaners 
1806 North Graham Street
Charlotte NC 28206
mail@americandrycleaners.net






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