Bag Repair & Restoration

Our team are experts in leather bag repairs, cleaning and restoration services. Bring your bag to our heritage workshop in Melbourne for a personalised consultation or use our convenient online bag repair service with Australia Post.

Examples of Bag Repairs

Recent examples of bag repairs and customer stories from our Facebook page. Learn about the type of work we do, brands we service and the bespoke solutions we provide to our clients.

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YSL handbag repair

Yves Saint Laurent bag sent by Olivia to repair the hardware / press stud, which had a small tear in the leather. We decided on replacing the entire panel as there was a bit of wear and discolouration to the suede.

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Excellent work, as usual.

Marvellous job!

Extremely pleased with my bags.

It looks fantastic!

Melbourne Leather Bag Repairs

As an established bag repair shop in Melbourne for over sixty years, our team offer both repairs and leather bag restoration services. Visit our heritage workshop at Shop 50 Royal Arcade, 150 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne for a consultation with our specialists or post your items to our bag repairers from anywhere in Australia.

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Online Bag Repairs Australia

If you're looking for a bag repair shop near you we offer an online bag repair service with Australia Post. Our team can assist with organising your bag to be delivered to our heritage workshop. Send photos of your bag to our team to get started with your repair.

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Our Bag Repair Services

We repair, clean and restore all types of leather, suede, canvas and all styles of bag. Popular bag repair services we provide are outlined below including a full service list and bag repair prices.

Bag loop repair or replacement

Loop Repair / Replacement

The loop is the point of attachment of the handle or strap to the bag and is prone to wearing. We repair loops by using a combination of stitching and reinforcing the leather. Worn loops can be recrafted and replaced.

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Bag relining or lining replacement

Lining Replacement / Relining

We replace bag linings or reline bags with matching new leather or material. This involves removing the original bag lining before adding pockets or zips to the bag lining and transferring hardware or brand tags.

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Bag strap repair or replacement

Strap Repair / Replacement

We repair bag straps by either stitching, reinforcing or strengthening with a supporting layer of leather. For straps that are well worn we recraft new straps from similar leather and redye to match the original colour.

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Bag handle repair or replacement

Handle Repair / Replacement

We repair bag handles by either stitching the handles or reinforcing with supporting layers of leather. For bag handles that are well worn we recraft new handles flat or rounded handles and reattach to the bag.

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Bag resizing or reshaping

Resizing, Reshaping or Restructuring

We modify the structure or change the size of leather bags. This can involve a variety of jobs such as correcting bags that appear saggy or taking in the seams of bags to make them smaller.

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Bag strap shortening or lengthening

Strap Shortening / Lengthening

We shorten or lengthen bag handles to achieve a custom length. A measurement is taken to find the ideal length of the strap and the strap is shortened to the new size.

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Bag hardware repair or replacement

Hardware Repair / Replacement

We replace or reattach all types of bag hardware including locks, clasps, eyelets, buckles, D-rings, grommets, chains, snaps, small pins, metal feet, trimmings, frames, rivets and press studs.

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Bag zip repair or replacement

Zip Repair / Replacement

We repair bag zips or completely replace the zip with a new one. We stock a variety of zip colours and fabrics for most brands, which we can custom match to the exterior and interior of any leather bag.

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Bag restitching

Stitch / Restiching

We repair stitching or restitch leather bags. This may include restitching handles, straps, zips or interior areas of the bag. We stock a variety of threads matched for colour and thickness.

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Bag Patch or reinforce

Patch / Reinforce

We patch tears and worn areas in leather bags from an unexposed side. External patching can be used on worn corners and the leather can also be recoloured for a seamless repair.

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Bag fixing or reglueing

Reglueing, Fixing, Metalwork...

We attend to a variety of bag repair jobs that do not fit neatly into other categories. Examples may including fixing locks, replacing small pins, reglueing, re-welding hardware and bag frames.

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Bag strap edge re-waxing or resealing

Re-waxing Handles and Straps

We repair worn edges on straps or handles by resealing with beeswax and custom matched leather dye. We lightly sand and smoothen the edges before reapplying the finish to the edges of straps or handles.

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Bag waterproofing or protection

Waterproofing / Protection

We professionally waterproof leather bag with silicon-free waterproofing agents. This helps strengthen the leather fibres, prevents staining to the bag and assist with cleaning or maintaining your leather bag.

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Bag cleaning and restoration

Cleaning / Restoration

We clean and removed stains from bag. Our deep cleaning procedure involves removing any marks or stains on the leather with extractive techniques before restoring the surface with cleaning and conditioning agents.

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Bag refinishing and recolouring

Refinishing / Recolouring

We refinish, redye or recolour bag that are discoloured, scratched or deeply stained. The dye is custom-matched and the finish is reapplied by hand before the leather is nourished and waterproofed to prevent colour migration.

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Bag dyeing and colour change

Colour Change / Dye

We recolour or dye bags to a new colour. The original finish of the bag is stripped before the new dye is applied. Our dyes allow for a natural and refined finish to the leather that preserves the original character.

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Full Service & Price List

Our full service and price list. If you require a repair or restoration not listed above or need a custom quote for your items send photos to our team via our online order form.

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Customer Reviews

  • Xavier George
    2019-10-12

  • Jono Emblin
    2019-10-12

    Over 30 years ago, as a teenager I inherited a custom made pair of cowboy boots from my father..I've worn them continuously on countless adventures and misadventures and loved them dearly.. But they were dirty, really dirty and showed their age.As a prime example of the merit of buying quality once I figured they deserved to be restored properly and professionally. Enthused by words such as, cleaned, nourished and restored I agreed to most every option and paid over $1000..(!!)While dirty and scuffed the boots carried a patena that told a story. Retaining the character was specifically discussed, with reference in particular to the top of the boots that were beautifully uneven but natural and not as worn.I'll skip the bit about it taking over 5 weeks longer than told and the weekly request for updates. Then told they were posted and seemingly lost in the post. (tracking code registered as delivered but didn't turn up until over a week later).So when they finally arrived I was beside myself with excitement and relief that they weren't lost in transit..When I opened them I pretty much just wanted to have a bit of a cry.I feel like I've sent an antique timber table off for beeswax and oil restoration and they've said..Here you go we painted it Brown.A thick layer of matt baby-poo brown to be exact...Instead of telling the story of life it looks like a pair of cheap and nasty probably fake leather boots..I don't even know what to say to them. I actually wonder whether it was deliberate punishment for 'harassing' them with weekly requests for updates after the due date ..I had a bit of trouble finding a before shot, but what do you think, $1000 to change this to that?There's a picture of the inside of the boot where you can see the beautiful original fawn tones of the leather...UPDATE - To be fair they are trying to contact me, but I just don't know what to say to them.I'm not saying don't use this company, they're clearly good at some things. Just make sure you have your expectations matched to what they can and can't do. We did discuss the patina and character of the leather before hand so I'm confused about the comments on dying now. I was under the impression the dying before after would look more like the jacket on their website examples.My disappointment is that it looks more like thick paint that what I imagine as 'dye'. Up close it barely looks like real leather. I thought nourished and hydrated would improve the leather from within and dyeing would be a rich polish like finish. It just isn't.The boots were dilapidated, and maybe in trying to make them look 'new' an ugly masking approach was taken. But we talked in detail about the boots, I never expected to look new, I just wanted them to last longer and look more presentable, faults and all.Had they checked in with me at points along the way and given me input on options we might have had a different outcome. Because the outcome does not reflect the original discussions we had.I won't address the delays (got the email trail) as that is a secondary issue, but suffice to say it was substantially longer than every indication along the way.UPDATE 2Discussion have progressed and Jenny is genuinely intent to make good. The boots have been sent back after long discussions and recap of what was actually expected. I can commend them on their positive attitude towards the issue and lack of defensive mindset.I'm changing my rating from 1 to 3 in anticipation of a good second attempt.FINAL UPDATE - To their credit they took them back and did a solid job of restoring them to the way that was discussed and expected. It was a traumatic experience, but they do have the skills. I'd jut make sure that your wants and expectations are outlined precisely in the first instance.

  • Aus Sabu
    2019-10-12

    So good to have genuine good old service with a smile. Work on shoes and boots are excellent.Lionel

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