SoleHeeled offers convenient and affordable Louis Vuitton handbag repairs by Australia’s best craftsmen, with free shipping to your door. This case study outlines how we recently restored a customer’s Louis Vuitton handbag.

Louis Vuitton Handbag Restoration


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Tote handbag cleaning, conditioning and vachetta leather colour restoration

Customer location

Campbell in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The handbag

This Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 handbag is perhaps the ultimate Louis Vuitton icon — at the same time extraordinarily stylish and practical. However, the vachetta leather handles and trim on this bag had been painted over with a substance not suited to the bag’s leather — such that the leather never absorbed the colour and the colour was starting to fade and peel away.

When this customer reached out to us for a free diagnosis/quote, we reviewed the photos she submitted and offered to fully strip the vachetta leather of the old paint, clean and condition the entire bag, and finally recolour the vachetta leather to the signature Louis Vuitton dark chocolate brown.

Vachetta leather stripping, cleaning and conditioning

We first fully stripped the vachetta leather handles and trim of the old paint, and then cleaned and conditioned the leather throughout the bag to get the bag, in particular the vachetta leather, ready for the recolouring.

Vachetta leather recolouring

We custom mixed a colour matching Louis Vuitton’s signature dark chocolate brown and proceed to fully recolour and refinish the vachetta leather handles and trim.

Have a Louis Vuitton handbag in need of repair or restoration?

Our experienced craftsmen have been trusted by not only generations of Australians but also local and international brands (including Versace and Canali) with the repair and restoration of luxury designer handbags since 1955. If you have a beloved Louis Vuitton handbag in need of repair or restoration, ask us for a free diagnosis/quote by completing our online order form — where you can upload photos of the bag and let us know exactly what you would like done to it, or let us advise you on what the bag needs based on the photos.

SoleHeeled serves all of Australia through its free 2-way shipping service:

  1. Order online: Answer a few questions to get an instant quote and complete your order.

  2. Send your handbag: Drop your handbag off at a local post office for free packaging and shipping to us.

  3. We repair: A team of experienced craftsmen will carefully repair your handbag.

  4. We return: We'll deliver your cleaned handbag to you, wherever you are in Australia.

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