Leila Van Kash’s Chanel bag was faded and patchy. She brought it to The Restory for a reimagine in the form of a technicolour tie-dye transformation!
Through wear and tear snakeskin scales often start to lift and dry out. Follow the process of cleaning and conditioning this Prada bag.
Follow the art of restoration as we show the process of reviving this pistachio Celine Trio.
Taking the risk to turn yellow shoes to blue, our dyeing experts tested the mix of base colour and dyes to ensure these Gianvito Rossi’s turned navy, not green.
With the tips of the toes torn and heavily worn, there had to be a way to rescue these Manolo’s. See how the team worked their magic to conceal the well-loved toes.
A handbag as iconic and symbolic as the Birkin will no doubt see a lot of love and wear through its life. See how the team extended the life of this zesty orange Birkin by creating leather reinforcements to strengthen the front and back panels and a colour revival.
In our latest case study the team were confronted with a pair of yellow satin Manolo’s stained with mud. In this case, we were able to test the limits and see how light we could keep the colour ensuring the stains were concealed. The end result is a beautifully rich burgundy.
These classic Loro Piana trainers came in with scuffs, scratches and some discolouration from general wear. As the damage wasn’t so severe, see how the team revived them with a colour restoration. These are a wardrobe essential that deserves to be looked after properly.
They call it puppy love, but not so much when they chew your new Gucci loafers. Luckily, our shoe expert new exactly how to repair them which involved cutting away the old, damaged leather and replacing it with a fresh piece.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 our atelier team expertly restored the vibrancy of this Tyler Ellis bag back to its original condition after an unfortunate incident with a puppy.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restoring the ‘Jamie’ python clutch by American designer Tyler Ellis.
As designers become evermore creative, so do our skills and techniques. Here we look at 3 innovative techniques to revive, repair & reimagine these shoes.