Handbags

Repairs & Alterations

Servicing designer and luxury handbags to sentimental favourites. We restore worn corners, stitch seams, repair piping, re-wax handle edges, reshape or resize, craft new leather straps or handles and replace zips, hardware and complete linings. We also specialise in restorative handbag cleaning, colour refinishing and dyeing to a custom sample.

Handbags

Various techniques are used for stitching loose seams within 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. Our wide selection of threads allows for custom matching of thickness and colour.

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 custom matched dye.

Our craftsmen attend to a variety of repairs and fixes that do not fit neatly into other categories. Examples may include reattaching hardware, fixing zips, locks and small pins, runners and re-glueing leather, fur or material with specialised adhesives. We re-weld broken hardware and frames. Re-annodise scratched or discoloured metallic trimmings and hardware.

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 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.

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 inserted onto the new zip track. In some cases the existing zip may be repaired.

Damaged or lost hardware is replaced with high quality silver, metallic or bronze pieces. The new hardware is carefully selected to match the design of the item. Examples may include locks, dog tags, metal trimmings, rivets and press studs. It is important to note that some hardware is proprietor of certain brands, in such cases our craftsmen will replace the hardware with something of similar aesthetics and quality. Suitable hardware can often be sourced from our overseas suppliers.

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.

The leather that serve as the point of attachment between the strap or handles and the handbag. The loops bear the full weight of the bag and may 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 custom matched dye. The newly crafted loop is then reattached to the handbag.

If the strap is badly worn or deteriorated, a replacement may be 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 newly crafted strap is refinished with custom matched dye and the edges coated with a wax finish. Please see miscellaneous - Re-wax edges.

Handles are prone to deterioration from grease, sweat and natural salts, which tend to accumulate over time and destroy the leather. As such cleaning or restoring leather handles is not always successful and replacement may be a better option. 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 newly crafted handle are sometimes refinished with custom matched dye and the edges coated with a wax finish. See miscellaneous - Re-wax Edges for details.

The layer of leather or material that spans the inner compartments of bags. Linings that are badly torn, deteriorated, stained or discoloured may require replacement. A section of colour-matched leather or material is measured and handcrafted to the dimensions of the original lining. The newly crafted lining is then inserted and stitched from the inside of the bag. Our craftsmen are able to incorporate multiple compartments, pockets and zips to the new lining. Please note we always recommend leather linings over fabric as it is more durable and provides better long-term value at the same cost.

Cleaning, Refinishing & Dyeing

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

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CUSTOM WORK

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Our staff will inspect your items and provide you with a quote. We are located at shop 50 in the Royal Arcade and our opening hours are:

Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm, open late until 7pm on Friday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.

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

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