Handbag Cleaning & Restoration

Handbag Cleaning 06/03/2020

How Dirty Is Your Handbag?

With germs spreading like wildfire and the world going to meltdown over the current epidemic that we will not mention by name cough cough, we thought it necessary to share a little of our expert knowledge regarding the cleaning and maintenance of our beloved handbags. Our handbags can be cleaned and ridden of germs (tips at the bottom) but they are far dirtier than we ever could have imagined. One in five handbags contain enough bacteria to cause a serious risk to your health Our handbags contain more bacteria than... Read More


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!

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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


Hermes Restoration Specialist

Here at Handbag Clinic we take pride in the fact that over the years, we have become experts in many brands that we stock, one in particular being Hermès from specialist knowledge, authentication right through to restoration work.   CRAFTSMANSHIP AT ITS FINEST… Hermès is known for its handmade luggage and handbags, which can take a craftsman 18 to 24 hours to handcraft. The construction of each Kelly bag, for example, requires 18 hours to fully realise. Hermès’ leathers come from all over the world, customers may currently wait from... Read More


Leather Types: Vachetta Leather

What do you know about Vachetta Leather? Vachetta leather generally comes from the bull’s shoulder, making it a tough, long lasting and hard wearing leather. Vachetta is a very natural type of leather, coloured using only dyes. It has no protection or additive treatments applied after its colouring process, making it very absorbent. This comes with pros and cons. The leather doesn’t go through many processes in the tannery which is what makes it so natural; it’s soft, smooth and looks great! However, as there are no protection additives on... Read More


Leather Types: Saffiano Leather

Saffiano leather is one of the most commonly used leathers found in the fashion industry today. It is a durable leather which is easy to clean. But what exactly is Saffiano leather, and where does it come from?   Its origin is Italy. Originally patented by Prada for ‘real’ Saffiano leather, and it is known as one of Prada’s masterpieces. However in today’s market Saffiano can be found on many market leading designers handbags, and they are not all as good as they should be. It is thought that Mario... Read More


Does Your Louis Vuitton Have This Common Issue?

At Handbag Clinic we refurbish many Louis Vuitton handbags, but one issue appears more than most At Handbag Clinic’s flagship Chelsea store in London, one of the most prominent handbag related issues we deal with on a daily basis are problems with Louis Vuitton Vachetta leather handles. These pinky, light brown handles and the accompanying leather trim have always been a signature element of Louis Vuitton bags from the ‘Speedy’ to the ‘Neverfull’ models, and are gorgeous when brand new, but without protection and cleaning over time they usually have... Read More