Restore a Vintage Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier With Us

Handbag Clinic June 24, 2021

We recently received an incredibly worn Vintage Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier from a customer in Monaco, who required our assistance in restoring the entirety of the external Vachetta.

Our team of Artisan’s regularly restore Louis Vuitton merchandise and utilised their knowledge of Vachetta, sewing and Vuitton to revive this unique piece. As leather experts, we adore the opportunity to extend our craftsmanship to uncommon items and we encourage you to send your leather luxuries to us for a bespoke restoration. 

Due to the exclusive nature of each bag, we utilise a variety of techniques and products; thus, enabling us to address concerns, nourish areas which have become dry or cracked, strengthen corners and draw out oils from areas frequently touched. To begin with, we carried out a full internal/external hygienic clean of the bag; building up our product into a lather to remove the excess dirt that builds up from continued usage.

Once the item is fully cleaned, we then began the extensive task of unpicking every stitch by hand; in order to remove the entire Vachettta trim. 

In order to reduce the thickness of this leather, we ran all of the new Vachetta through our skiving machine to improve the durability of the leather. Thus, improving the manageability of the material when it is in the process of being sewn onto the dog carrier. 

Our restoration team sourced the finest Vachetta leather, we always strive to maintain the prestige and original features of each bag, from metalwork to colour matching. This extends to our dyes. During the consultation period we discuss with the client which patina they prefer and create a dye to match this chosen colour. Once the dye is perfectly mixed we then apply it to all of the replacement Vachetta using a soft applicator. 

Surrounding the ‘windows’, there are LV studs that hold the cover in place. In order to restore the entirety of the dog carrier, our Artisan’s sourced metal work that seamlessly matched the originals. 

Once we have finished cutting each individual section for the Vahcetta replacement we apply a thin layer of adhesive to the skived leather, to assist the extensive sewing process and improve the longevity of the stitchwork. 

You’ll notice that on the handles of most handbags, they are ‘edged’ to promote a smoother and ultimately sleeker design. This involves using an Edger to refine the sides of the leather for a completed aesthetic. Upon completion of this, all of matched metal wear is attached to the dog carrier and a final inspection is undertaken to ensure a seamless finish throughout. 

To fully appreciate this complex restoration, we suggest you grab your coffee (or Prosecco, as it's 5 o'clock somewhere in the world) and watch the restoration via our YouTube channel, that we have linked below!


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