Even at The Restory Atelier, where we see many exquisite accessories come and go, occasionally you come across a piece that’s so beautifully constructed and special that it deserves to take centre stage. Many of our clients have a penchant for vintage and handcrafted pieces such as: men’s briefcases, suitcases and holdalls- items that are meant to last a lifetime.
One of those special clients recently sent us his favourite set of a matching Fendi briefcase and suitcase for repair. 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.
The classic monogrammed logo fabric and sturdy construction of these pieces clearly indicate they are built to last, but there comes that inevitable time when wear and tear causes the material on the corners and edges to become sensitive and start to fray. This case study gives you a closer look at the restoration process of the Fendi briefcase.
Most noticeably, the leather and fabric had started to look a bit tired and was in dire need of some special cleaning and reconditioning, which is an essential step in reviving and protecting any leather piece.
We started the process by applying special cleaning techniques that will not only clean but also help assess the actual damage on the item. More importantly, we also take extra care to give a mould treatment to all vintage pieces we receive as they have probably been kept in storage for a long period at some point in time. Vintage pieces tend to carry a strong smell and after the mould removal process, we like to air them out over a few days to make sure any unpleasant smells don’t linger.
General wear and tear can make the hardware look tarnished over time and in this case the varnish atop the hardware had come off. We had to remove the old varnish before the hardware was brushed to give it a soft polish and achieve the look of its original finish. This is however only possible on non-coated solid brass hardware and not on plated material.
After taking a closer look at the leather parts, it was clear that there was visible discolouration at the edges of the briefcase. So we decided to treat the leather with a combination of dyes and waxes to restore its colour and finish. As the Fendi logo fabric had worn off around the edges, our Head of Atelier suggested adding leather corners on all sides to prevent further damage to the briefcase.
Knowing the alteration would slightly change the look of the briefcase; the remake was executed in such a way it would blend in with the original design. After measuring and marking the affected area, strips of thin vegetable tanned leather were carefully cut and dyed to match the fabric of the briefcase perfectly. Each leather strip was re-shaped to fit the case and colour matched to accommodate and complement the existing fabric and leather. As a final result this vintage gem of a briefcase was brought back to life, ready to accompany a very happy client for many years to come.
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