Briefcases & Satchels

Repairs & Alterations

Servicing briefcases and leather satchels. We restore worn corners or edges, stitch seams, repair piping, patch, craft new handles or straps, fix locks, add hardware or zips, resize or reshape and replace complete linings. We also specialise in colour refinishing, restorative cleaning, nourishing and leather dyeing.

Briefcases & Satchels

The leather that serve as the point of attachment between the strap or handles and the bag. The loops bear the full weight of the bag and often require replacement. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original loop. The leather is scythed, stitched together and sometimes refinished with colour. The new loop is then re-attached to the bag.

If the strap is badly worn or deteriorated, a replacement strap is often required. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original strap. A piece of material is positioned between the leather for support, the strap is scythed and stitched together. The new strap is refinished with colour and the edges coated with a wax finish. Please see MISC - Re-wax edges.

Handles are highly susceptible to deterioration from oil, grease and sweat that most commonly arises from hand contact. Cleaning or restoring leather handles is difficult and the best solution is often replacement. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original handle. The leather is fashioned into tubes and a length of supporting cord – either plastic or rope - is positioned inside. The leather is scythed, stitched and the ends are attached to the loops. The new handle is refinished with colour and the edges coated with a wax finish. See MISC - Re-wax Edges for details.

The layer of leather that spans the inner compartments of bags. Linings are susceptible to stains, discolouration and wear often requiring complete replacement. A section of colour-matched leather is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original lining. The new lining is then inserted and stitched to the inside of the bag.

Replacing the zip provides the most effective solution to any zip-related issues. A new zip is selected that matches the profile of the original. The zip is fitted and stitched from the inside. Providing the slider is not damaged, it may be re-inserted onto the new zip track.

Damaged or lost hardware is replaced with high quality silver, metallic or bronze pieces. The new hardware is selected to match the design of the bag. Examples may include locks, dog tags, metal trimmings, rivets and clips. In some cases, the hardware is sourced from our trusted suppliers.

The strap is altered by hand to achieve a custom length. A fitting is conducted find the ideal length of the strap. Excess leather is either taken away or the strap is lengthened with matching leather. The adjusted strap is then carefully re-attached to it's original position.

The handles are altered by hand to achieve a custom length. A fitting is conducted find the ideal length of the handles. Excess leather is either taken away or the handles are lengthened with matching leather. The adjusted handles are then re-attached back to the bag.

Services include altering the size of the bag or modifying the structure. For resizing, a measurement is taken to find the ideal dimensions of the bag. The seams of the bag are opened and excess leather is taken away. Reshaping may involve correcting 'saggy' bags by opening the lining and adding stiffeners from the inside.

Various methods are used for stitching leather. These include machine stitching, hand stitching and stitching from inside the leather. Our industrial-grade stitching machines are used for straight seams. Hand stitching is often used for thicker leathers. Stitching from the inside the leather may be required for certain finishes.

A layer of supporting leather is used to to reinforce worn loops, straps, handles, piping or edges. A section of matching leather is measured and handcrafted to the size of the worn area. The new layer is used to reinforce the worn area from an unexposed side. External patching on areas such as corners or edges may require the leather to be refinished with colour.

We attend to a variety of repairs that do not fit neatly into other categories.Examples may include attaching hardware, fixing zips, locks and small pins, replacing runners and sticking leather.

Th edges of straps and handles are commonly coated with a wax finish. The wax typically deteriorates with prolonged use as the leather begins to wear. A new wax finish is applied to restore the worn edges. The edges of the strap or handles are lightly sanded for smoothness. An applicator tool is then used to apply fine coats of the wax to the edges. Several layers are built up on the leather until the wax finish is restored.

Cleaning, Refinishing & Dyeing

In addition to repairs and alterations, our specialists can perform leather restoration services.

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Evans Leather Repair
Shop 50 Royal Arcade, 150 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

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