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02/07/2020

Balenciaga City Restoration

At Handbag Clinic we have perfected the art of restoring a Balenciaga City, ensuring every detail from worn corners, staining, handles and even the iconic chunky thread finish is restored perfectly while maintaining that soft and supple feel.

29/05/2020

Red Sole Restoration

The Louboutin Red Sole has become one of the most in demand fashion accessories in recent years however, whether worn on board room floors or dance floors, they can show signs of wear over time. As well as restoring scuffs to the leather and offering a range of traditional cobbler services we also can restore the red sole, giving that new shoe feeling all over again. This client had taken great care of their favourite shoes but of course could not avoid the sole becoming worn, so has booked them... Read More

Lady Dior Colour Change 30/04/2020

Colour Changing a Lady Dior

From bright statement colours to seasonal tones, here at Handbag Clinic we can change the colour of your handbag to any colour of your choice. Our Artisans are highly trained in the Colour Matching Process, by using this method we can achieve any colour, whether it be your favourite shade, to match another item or just a colour that is missing from your wardrobe. This is the perfect treatment for those handbags or shoes that you don’t want to part with but need new lease of life. The Lady Dior... Read More

20/03/2020
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Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day nearly upon us (mere days away), here at Handbag Clinic we thought we’d help you get in the good books this year… and yes we do offer next day delivery! Whether you’re treating your mum, grandma, partner or even yourself this Mother’s Day, our gift guide has it covered. While she may be happy with the yearly card and garage flowers, why not up your game and get her something that she can treasure. After all, the best gift you can give is style! The fashion conscious: ... Read More

11/02/2020

Restoring A Vintage Chanel

Chanel handbag is often seen as a staple item in the wardrobe of the fashion forward, however when worn daily the condition can diminish from its former glory. This gorgeous Chanel Classic Flap is ten years old and was in serious need of a refresh!

29/11/2019
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Handbag Clinic’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2019

With Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Kim Kardashian spotted in vintage wear, shopping pre-owned, is bang on trend this Christmas. Shop sustainably with Handbag Clinic, with our amazing range of designer Handbags. Whether you started your Christmas shopping in the Summer or left it till last minute, when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts, there is no more dreaded sentence than ”get me a surprise”. But don’t worry we are here to help you out! In order to keep up the Christmas spirit we have prepared a guide to the... Read More

08/01/2021
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Britain: Did You Know it’s THE Fashion Hub of the World?

British Fashion: Britain hosts many of the most iconic brands in contemporary fashion. Our innovative and original ethos continues to trigger designers to not only be creative, but also commercial.  Over the years, Britain has cultivated a unique spirit that ignites the imagination of the fashion world. From birthing trailblazers, such as McQueen, to promoting refined craftsmanship (through the likes of Burberry & Mulberry); the continued originality of British designers subsequently maintains Britain’s status as THE fashion hub of the world!  A major strength of the British fashion industry is... Read More

23/12/2020
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Discover Why Vintage Handbags Are an Investment.

‘Vintage’ can often carry the negative connotations of being old, worn and unloved. However, when it comes to handbags, more often than not this couldn’t be further from the truth, as you’ll discover below…  Let’s take our minds back to the early 00s. Do you remember Sarah Jessica Parkers character Carrie Bradshaw? (silly question, we know!) From Manolo Blahniks to Fendi’s cult Baguette bag; her protagonists style constantly sparked worldwide trends… which remain active to this day!  Below, we’re going to guide you through some staples that are available at... Read More

17/12/2020

Vintage Chanel Restoration.

We recently received this Vintage Chanel from Freddy Cousin-Brown; prominent U.K fashion influencer and handbag appreciator.  Our artisan’s frequently work on Vintage Chanel handbags; utilising their knowledge of Lambskin and Caviar leather to revive them to their former splendour. We couldn’t resist working our magic on this pink model; it allowed our Artisan, Chloe, to tease a vibrant but in-keeping design for this particular restoration.  To begin with, we removed the larger metal work from the handbag, including: the interlocking CC clasp on the front and the chain handle that... Read More

09/12/2020
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12 Days of Christmas Gift List…

Not to alarm you but it is 16 days until Christmas. Is it just us, or did it feel like February was only a few weeks ago? Either way, Santa is en route and your gift guide needs to be completed asap! Whether you’re choosing for yourself or your loved one, we’ve curated a list of staple handbags that will complete any capsule wardrobe. 1. On The First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me… The Givenchy Antigona: The Antigona was the IT bag when it launched; worn... Read More

02/12/2020
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Do You Know Chanel’s 5 Secrets?

Since Karl Lagerfeld joined Chanel Headquarters in 1983, he bridged the creative gap between Coco Chanel and the contemporary audience.  As a result of consistently strong designs and influential audiences, Chanel remains one of the most recognisable fashion designers of both the 20th and 21st century.  So, do you know Chanel’s 5 secrets? We’ve delved into the depths of Chanel and discovered the 5 secrets that you will not want to miss…  The House of Chanel is the oldest haute couture designer that remains active. Demonstrating that whilst conspicuous consumption no longer... Read More

18/11/2020
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Vintage Hermes Constance Restoration.

We undertook a full Hermes restoration on this 1974 vintage Hermes Constance… Our Artisan’s frequently work on the hugely popular Birkin and Kelly bags; however, when this timeless Constance was booked into our Clinic for a full restoration and replacement strap, they couldn’t resist working their magic on an alternative Hermes model. Whilst we always try to restore rather than replace, this strap was too significantly damaged to guarantee a long-lasting repair, subsequently meaning that this client requested a replacement.  – To begin with, we removed the strap and the... Read More

11/11/2020

Do You Know the Versatility of Velvet?

Velvet. You typically either love it or loathe it.  Velvet is not marmalade and should not cause the divide that it does among consumers. Our ateliers have come to the rescue and curated an in-depth style guide to transition you loathers into lovers. Our autumnal office favourite is our distinct Gucci Marmont Shoulder Flap Bag in Velvet teal.  The Marmont’s simple silhouette adheres itself to a sleek wardrobe that favours occasional electric colours to complement muted tones. This Gucci Marmont lends itself to be the centre of an outfit; whether... Read More

04/11/2020
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Veganism: A Lifestyle, Not A Trend.

November. The month of firework displays, indulgent treats and World Vegan Week.  There’s no way around conscious consumption in 2020. Within our visually saturated societies, we are presented with content of unique plant-based food alternatives, cruelty free cosmetics and now powerhouses within the realms of luxury fashion are curating leather and fur free designs.  Since our inception in 2013, Handbag Clinic continues to push ‘green’ purchasing via a circular economy of restore, reuse & recycle. This core ethos is not independent to us and since last year, we’ve observed the... Read More

28/10/2020
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Did You Get The Memo That High Fashion Is Turning Seasonless?

2020. New Year, New Values: 2020 has triggered a subversive end to the realms of high-fashion, that we have long since been accustomed to.  Seasonless styles are replacing catwalk trends, to nullify material motivation and reduce the way in which our visually saturated society glorifies trends and conspicuous consumption.  Earlier in the year, Gucci refreshingly labelled themselves as ‘Seasonless’ going forward. Publicly denouncing their annual 5 shows, in favour of 2, to tackle the obsolete nature of the international fashion calendar; as ‘clothes should have a longer life than the seasonal words attributed... Read More

23/09/2020

Mulberry Restoration – Art Insider

We spoke to Art Insider about the art of Handbag Restoration and showed them one of the most damaged bags we have seen to date. This Mulberry was substantially worn, the colour was significantly bleached out of the leather, areas had became burnt and warped, the handles were so heavily contaminated they needed to be replaced. This was a challenging restoration however one of our Senior Artisan’s knew exactly how to bring this bag back to life. Mulberry Repairs and Restoration are one of the most popular services at Handbag... Read More