As the saying goes, if the bag fits, buy it in every colour. Right? These Chanel mini bags are the perfect compliment to any outfit but of course, with daily wear comes natural wear and tear so both came into our atelier in need of a revival.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highlighting another regular at our atelier, we recently restored the Christian Louboutin New Declic python pumps. See the intricate procedure of restoring exotic leathers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Evy clutch from the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo, required special attention to repair loose chains and source perfectly matched replacements.
This vintage, black, semi-patent exotic skin handbag from a Miami vintage shop was in great condition but the handle had dried and cracked.