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

Valentino Garavani Handbag Restoration


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Tote handbag leather cleaning, conditioning and colour restoration

Customer location

Chelsea in Melbourne, Victoria

The handbag

This Valentino Garavani Rockstud tote bag is an iconic carryall crafted from high-quality leather and embellished with the brand’s signature pyramid studs. However, the leather on this bag had become dirty, dry and scuffed, leaving the leather darker and in desperate need of restoration. When this customer reached out for a free diagnosis/quote, we reviewed the photos she submitted and offered to fully restore the handbag — cleaning and conditioning the leather throughout the bag before recolouring the bag to its original colour.

Leather cleaning and conditioning

We first cleaned and conditioned the leather throughout the bag, to get rid of all the dirt and nourish the leather before recolouring it.

Leather colour restoration

We initially expected to be able to touch up those areas of the bag where the leather was scratched or scuffed. However, the cleaning and conditioning revealed that the leather was discoloured pretty much throughout the bag — the leather had become so dry that the leather was starting to reveal cracks that were filling up with dirt. And so it was clear that the entire bag would need to be recoloured.

With the bag fully conditioned and cleaned, we custom mixed a dye that matched the bag’s original colour and set about recolouring the entire bag.

Have a Valentino Garavani 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 Valentino Garavani 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 bag: Drop your bag 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 bag.

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

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