This retro Prada tote bag had served its owner well over many years, but it had worn down with age and use and become a mere shadow of its former self — in particular, the leather looked particularly tired, while the straps had frayed and started to tear away from the bag.
When this customer reached out to us for a free diagnosis/quote, we offered not only to clean and condition the leather to get it looking and feeling fresh, but also to repair the existing (and otherwise irreplaceable) straps and then reinforce them to prevent similar damage from befalling the bag in the future.
Leather cleaning and conditioning
Before we proceeded with any other work, we cleaned and conditioned the leather throughout the bag to nourish the leather and get it looking and feeling young and supple. This involved special work on straps, where they attached to the bag, as some dirt had accumulated in gaps left by the torn leather and the frayed stitching needed to be cleaned up. This was a necessary step before proceeding to properly repair and reinforce the straps.
Strap repair and reinforcement
We knew there was no way to replace these straps, and while we could clean up the straps and get them looking as they did originally, that alone would not guarantee that the straps simply would not tear in the future with continued use of the bag — due to the bag's design and construction, it was clear that the joints between the straps and the bag were carrying all the weight and pressure while the bag was being carried around. And so we proceeded to repair the straps, and then went one step further and reinforced the straps by wrapping them at their base with strong pieces of leather that would help to distribute some of the weight/pressure.
Have a Prada handbag needing 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 Prada 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:
Order online: Answer a few questions to get an instant quote and complete your order.
Send your bag: Drop your bag off at a local post office for free packaging and shipping to us.
We repair: A team of experienced craftsmen will carefully repair your bag.
We return: We'll deliver your repaired bag to you, wherever you are in Australia.
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