Maintaining your Chanel
Chanel is renowned for its use of high quality leathers to complement its timeless designs but these leathers also require occasional repair or restoration treatment. We offer specialised repair services and leather care advice for helping our clients maintain their Chanel shoes, handbags and accessories. Our craftsmen have decades of experience treating luxury leather goods with all work being completed on site at our heritage workshop in Royal Arcade.
Featured Repairs | Customer Stories
Below are a select few of the documented examples of our Chanel repairs, which highlight some of the everyday maintenance issues faced by our customers. Two of the stories focus on leather quilted bags, one concerning a stained inner compartment and the other a severely damaged external leather logo. The third story looks at a fairly common scenario of worn leather soles on a pair of classic Chanel ballerinas.
Chanel Logo Restoration
A dog-bitten Chanel, the leather covered logo had been mauled apart by a pup who possibly mistook the designer bag for a toy. The leather was flaring outwards, revealing the metallic skeleton underneath. Such significant damage to a central part of the bag left the owner very distressed and in need of expert advice – she was referred to Evans by the Chanel boutique.
Firstly the old leather needed to be removed and stripped from the metallic base. A new section of beiger smooth leather was traced to the dimensions of the original logo. The re-crafted leather was then carefully applied and finally the colour was tweaked with a custom matched beige dye to ensure an exact match.
Chanel Flats Repair
Classic two tone Chanel beige flats with black caps. A versatile and popular choice among women but also very delicate mainly due to the soft lambskin leather upper (easily scratched) and thin leather soles. The proactive customer brought the shoes into the workshop when she noticed the soles and heels starting to wear.
The Chanels were brought in just in time for a service. The leather soles were still intact and did not require replacement while only the top layers on the rubber heels were worn in. Thin profile (1mm) chocolate coloured Vibram rubber was applied to preserve the soles, the leather was then cleaned and the embossed Chanel logo restored, finally new 1/4 heels were custom crafted to match the aesthetics of the shoes.
Chanel Stain Removal / Colour Refinish
A much loved pink Channel clutch, the inside having been stained by an unknown substance. In her panic, the customer had tried to clean the inside herself only worsening the stain and stripping the pink finish from the leather. Having been recommended to Evans by a friend, she brought her beloved clutch into the workshop.
The colour proved tricky to match and needed to be adjusted several times in order to achieve the desired pink finish. Before the colour was re-applied, the stain was smoothed and cleaned to allow the dye to adhere to the leather. The pink finish was then carefully touched up onto the leather. The Chanel was lastly waterproofed with a silicon-free spray to ensure that any future stains would be less likely to absorb and discolour the sensitive pink shade.
Our Guide to Chanel Leathers
Chanel have a well established reputation for sourcing some of the highest quality leathers for the manufacturing of their luxury goods. In caring for your Chanel, an understanding of the type of leather is essential as their unique properties give rise to differing levels of durability.
Lambskin – Soft to touch with a velvety smoothness, the upmost care is required for this delicate and sensitive leather.
Caviar – Slightly bumpy texture and hardened exterior, a popular choice due to its elegance and resilience.
Deerskin – Pebbled and thick, deer leather is relatively durable but due to the weight is exclusively used for larger accessories.
Calfskin – Smooth and fine grained, despite its softness the durability of calfskin rivals caviar leather making it highly sought after and easy to maintain.
Patent – Plastic sealed and shiny, while having a vintage appeal patent leather is highly sensitive and difficult to restore – use with caution.
About Our Chanel Services
Investing in a Chanel remains a landmark purchase and popular entry point for women into luxury fashion. The brand pioneered by Coco Chanel still retains many of the classic designs and contemporary appeal which has kept Chanel at the forefront of women’s fashion. Our Chanel services aim to honour these trademark designs in order to rejuvenate and breathe new life into your jaded favourites. Servicing all Chanel collections, item types and styles, our heritage workshop offers custom crafted solutions and restoration treatments.
Get in touch with our specialists
With over 60 years expertise in restoring and repairing luxury leather goods, our Melbourne heritage workshop is well equiped to treat the delicate leathers and materials used for your Chanel. Contact us today for a personalised quote or to arrange a postal order.Contact Us