Case Studies

Resurrecting A McQueen Nude Leather Strap Heel

With slanted seams, heavy scuffing and a drooping Mary Jane strap, our shoe expert worked some restoration magic on these beloved Mcqueen heels to transform them.

Before restoration

The Restory x McQueen Vault

We delved into a special archive of McQueen pieces courtesy of John Matheson, the man behind McQueen_Vault and had to pleasure of working some restoration magic on a couple of items that needed a little TLC. First up, see how the team restored the unique stitching on the soles of these knitted thigh high wonders.


The classic Chanel flap bag with a twist

See how the atelier team transform this classic Chanel lambskin bag into a cross body bag. A minor change that makes a big difference, ensuring the client can make the most of of their accessories!

Techniques For Pony Skin Hair Loss

Follow the process of these much loved Ferragamo pony skin pumps. Our atelier have created unique techniques to replicate the leopard print pattern as well as the pony skin. This case study shows the innovation we provide to ensure you can restore your favourite items and fall in love with them all over again.


Recreating a Chloé Marcie Tassel

In this case study our team needed to build and create a missing piece for the Chloé bag. One of the original tassels had been lost, so our team used the existing tassel to create a replica for the client to restore it back to its original design.

Reviving a Jaeger Doctor’s Bag

See in our latest case study how the atelier team transform this tired, dull looking Doctor’s bag and give it a new lease of life using a variety of techniques to restore the colour, the exposed piping and a small hole that started to form.


Putting the sparkle back into Louboutin

Read all about how we restored a pair of sparkly ‘Follie’ Louboutin heels that were unwearable when they entered the atelier. Our talented artisans created a new combination of glitters to recreate the leather for the heels, replaced the heel tips and replace some missing crystals.

An atelier classic: Waterstaining Tod’s loafers

See how our atelier team undergo a typical technique to revive a wardrobe classic; a pair of Tod’s loafers. The colour is hand mixed in our atelier to ensure the perfect colour match and applied with a sponge to ensure it is done evenly and sent back to the client almost as good as new.


Restored and ready for ‘Gucci Soho Disco’

The ever popular Gucci Soho Disco bag is seen frequently in our atelier; A testament to how well loved and used it is. See how our artisan revived this zingy red crossbody bag by using fillers to conceal piping, re-edging and doing a light colour touch up.

Restoring a Rockstud Reversible Valentino

Having been used daily, it was inevitable this Valentino Rockstud reversible bag would need some TLC at some point in it’s life. Upon a physical assessment of the bag in our atelier, it was certain the bag needed a number of services for it to be in perfect working order again and we could expand its life.


Extending the life of Chanel ballerinas

We received two pairs of Chanel ballerinas both with unique qualities that required a number of services to give them a new lease of life. Learn more about how our artisans treated the velvet pair and how they restored dotted toe caps, all done by hand.

Embellishing the elbows on a Chloé blazer

A Chloé blazer arrived with ripped elbows that wouldn’t be able to be fixed conventionally due to the placement of the tears. Our expert atelier team came up with a solution to make the repair a unique feature of the blazer.


Watch Strap Transformation

These white leather watch straps were in need of some TLC, and with the client hoping for a change in colour our expert atelier team created some colour swatches for the client to choose from. The end result saw the watch straps in a vibrant cherry red with a new lease of life.

Reviving the vibrancy of a Tyler Ellis bag

Learn how our atelier team expertly restored the vibrancy of this Tyler Ellis bag back to its original condition after an unfortunate incident with a puppy.


Reviving a Chanel denim and wicker basket

Learn how the team revived the denim on this beautiful Chanel wicker basket bag with a light touch up. Wicker is the material of the season, made iconic by the one and only Jane Birken, so our artisans loved getting their hands on the piece to restore and revive.

White Sandal Season

See how the team restored these sandals of the moment by using synthetic fillers to smooth out the scuffs and colour restoration to revive the colour and bring them back to life, just in time to show them off for the Summer.


Reviving a much-loved Bottletop Backpack

See how the team restored this Bottletop backpack for the team at Eco-Age, the agency focused on sustainability founded by Livia Firth. With their 30 wears campaign they encourage you to repair items rather than replace, so we wanted to show you the process of how we extended the life of this bag so it could be loved for longer.

Lengthening a Louis Vuitton strap

See how the team made subtle changes to this Louis Vuitton ‘Twice’ bag by lengthening the strap and switching the buckle to the opposite side, for the comfort of the client.


Louis Vuitton Neverfull

When this Louis Vuitton Neverfull came into our atelier, we could see the binding was so damaged and worn down it needed replacing. Follow our artisan team in creating, dyeing and stitching new binding, giving this bag a whole new lease of life.

A Timberland Special Clean

A special clean can be quite a transformation. Boots and shoes collect dirt and dust which builds up, handbags discolour particularly on straps where theres an accumulation of the natural oils in our skin or hand creams and can be make-up. There are times we can assess an item and see all it needs is a special clean. See the process of this on these where we explain our dry and wet clean methods and how to bring back the nap and texture.


Alexander McQueen Pom Flower Heels

Follow the process of these Alexander McQueen shoes which came in missing one of the flower appliqués. Our team had to remove the other flower and use it to create a pattern, source the exact match of red suede and then build the flower in line with the design. We then re-attched both flowers and had them back to new!

Restoring Givenchy Antigona

This Givenchy Antigona was brought to our atelier after the client had taken it elsewhere to be restored and was unhappy with the result. The colour was a completely different tone to the original and to make matters worse it had peeled off in large areas on the handle. Our team worked hard to remove all the products used and strip it back to the raw leather to restore it back to the original look and feel as Givenchy intended it to be.


Louis Vuitton Cannes Beauty Case

This Louis Vuitton Cannes Beauty Case came into our atelier with a broken handle. Following the assessment and the extent of the damage the atelier team set to work to rebuild new handles. From sourcing the exact leather to creating the patterns for the handles, follow the journey of this coveted piece.

Restoring Irina Lakicevic’s Céline Bag

We can’t help feeling nostalgic about Céline and it seems MINT Journal editor Irina Lakicevic shares our sentiments. Taking into account the characteristics of vegetable tanned leather; The Restory artisans set out to breathe new life into her very first Céline, the Tie Tote bag. We let the results speak for themselves.


Reviving Vintage Gucci

Transcending seasons, Gucci is continuously on top of the accessories game. So when we received several vintage Gucci designs, it was unanimously agreed it would make the ultimate case study to take these under the loop together. Read on to see how we revived some of this season’s hottest accessories.

Refashioning The Summer Basket

A simple summer basket can be transformed into a bucket bag, a tropical tote or in this case even a backpack. The beauty of our bespoke services is that any design idea can become a reality. Be inspired by the transformation of a wicker tote into an all round classic piece. 


Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps

Follow the journey of a pair of Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps from Ivory silk satin to Gunmetal Grey, courtesy of The Restory colour experts; how a happy coincidence turned out to be the perfect shade. 

Vintage Hermès Kelly

It’s impossible not to get excited whenever we receive a Hermès Kelly at our atelier and this time we had the chance to restore a beautiful heirloom piece that could use a bit of The Restory magic. 


Louboutin Snakeskin Pumps

Highlighting another regular at our atelier, we recently restored the Christian Louboutin New Declic python pumps. See the intricate procedure of restoring exotic leathers. 

Chanel Ballet Flats

The Chanel flats are a favourite among The Restory’s clients and often worn until their very last breath. So we decided it was high time to put the spotlight on this timeless classic.


Stingray Card Case

We recently had a request from a client who wanted to bring his very unique card case back to life. See how we revived this special piece partially made out of stingray leather.

Glittered Chelsea Boots

Our Head of Atelier reimagined her chelsea boots from burgundy to black with a touch of glitter. See the process and be inspired by the possibilities to reimagine your items. 


Saint Lauren Puppy Love

Our client came to us with little hope of repairing her new Saint Laurent bag that was chewed by her puppy. Our team worked closely with her to creatively repair the bag, adding its own unique addition. 

Vintage Fendi Briefcase

Fendi has been reviving its traditional logo fabric over the past seasons and this was the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the remake of an iconic piece.


Reimagining Anya

This Anya Hindmarch originally came with a canvas strap. Our client was after an additional leather strap, an elegant long option to go with the design of the bag, see the process of designing and creating it.

Re-Colouring A Chanel

When our client wanted to update her white Chanel to be black, preparation and care treating the leather was key. The Atelier team worked hard on the detail to revive & re-colour this bag. 


Vintage Suitcase

This suitcase was the ultimate embodiment of a piece with history and most likely one with many stories. Constructed in stainless steel, the case arrived bent and unable to fully close, our team fixed it up whilst keeping its vintage look.

Mulberry Jacket

When we can’t find a solution, we make our own. When this Mulberry Jacket was missing one of its unique floral clasps, our Atelier Team created and replaced a leather piece in line with the original design.


Balenciaga City Bag

Restoring Balenciaga’s City Edition Motorcycle bag. 

The Exotic Skin Clutch

Restoring the ‘Jamie’ python clutch by American designer Tyler Ellis. 


The Chain Adorned Clutch

This Evy clutch from the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo, required special attention to repair loose chains and source perfectly matched replacements.

Almost Irreparable Shoes

As designers become evermore creative, so do our skills and techniques. Here we look at 3 innovative techniques to revive, repair & reimagine these shoes. 


The Miami Croc Bag

This vintage, black, semi-patent exotic skin handbag from a Miami vintage shop was in great condition but the handle had dried and cracked.

The White Trainer

Since the fashionable press hailed white as the fresh alternative to black, the rise in sales of the covetable white trainer soared.