We specialize in the technical repair and restoration of high-quality leather goods, including vintage and designer items. Authentic leather goods of any variety are always welcome to visit us at The Grey Spa.
Listed below are the services we offer for handbags and small leather goods along with starting prices. Please contact us via the 'quote request' page with details about your item to receive an estimate and further information about booking into The Spa. If you require a service we have not listed, please reach out to inquire; we're always adding to our repertoire. We look forward to restoring and reviving your loved and preloved pieces.
Vintage + Antique
Any Authentic Item
E X T E R I O R
Also known as edge glaze or ink, this flexible synthetic coating is used in handbag construction to provide a beautiful finish and durability to raw leather edges. It is very common for this to crack or peel over time. We have perfected this multi-step application over years and utilize professional-grade products to provide a beautiful new edge.
Straps + Handles
Straps and handles take the most stress and deterioration with use. We have the ability to repair or recreate straps and handles to match, with a range of leather types, custom colour matching and impeccable hardware sourcing. This includes chaps and tabs where the straps are attached to the body of the bag. We can also shorten or lengthen straps/handles to tailor your bag to your body-type and preferred style, including crossbody conversion.
Leather is one of the most hardwearing materials available, but it can also be delicate. It is prone to scratches, wear, dryness, cracks and even mould with too much humidity. Proper conditioning provides the correct moisture level and improves the look, feel and durability of an item. We have a variety of products suitable for different finishes and leather types, including most exotics. We can also treat items for water resistance and colour transfer going forward if requested.
Piping is the narrow, round edged trim common to bag bottoms and corners. Usually made from leather with a plastic or fibre core, piping can wear through and expose the internal core. We have methods of filling and blending small tears, or replacing the piping completely if necessary.
Deep Clean + Staining
Colour transfer from dark denim, spills, ink and watermarks can all be improved through our various cleaning and conditioning methods. If a stain cannot be removed through cleaning, it can be recoloured and sealed to give a fresh appearance.
We use a carefully researched combination of professional-grade products to refresh faded colour, hide stubborn stains and correct scuffing. We can also completely change the colour of an item if desired. We have the ability to colour match any item, including neons. Our approach to colouration involves a 'less is more' philosophy to retain the original 'temper' and handfeel of the leather; taking special care around stitching and hardware.
Corner wear and scuffing are the most common issues we see with handbags. Even the most well-cared for bags will eventually see small marks on the corners. We can carefully smooth, fill and recolour corners to make your bag look brand new and completely refreshed. We use fine art brushes to provide light, even coverage and avoid colouring any exposed stitching.
Stitching is truly the heart of leather craft and a crucial aspect of handbag construction. We've perfected the art of saddle stitching; the traditional two-needle sewing method created for equestrian tack and elevated by Hermès. We also have three specialty industrial sewing machines to match any type of machine-stitching. We source thread from a variety of quality purveyors to create an invisible repair.
We are obsessed with details and hardware is no exception. We have authentic replacement hardware and excellent quality unbranded pieces to match any item. We source only high-quality parts and zippers with beautiful thick plating (nickel, gold tone + gold) or solid brass. We use zippers from the same manufacturers as the major design houses. We source period correct parts for vintage pieces to retain an authentic look.
I N T E R I O R
Leaky water bottles, food spills, makeup, ink, melted candy, perfume, cigarette smoke - we've seen it all. We have a range of comprehensive cleaning products and techniques so that your item will be hygienic and fresh. Please note that we cannot guarantee all stains can be removed completely but we will provide you with further details in your quote and assessment.
Rips + Tears
Pocket wear and tear, broken zippers, missing pull tabs and damaged interior lining can all make your item less functional. We can mend these small flaws to make your bag work for you. We can also create custom inserts for your item from high-quality felt or leather which helps keep you organized and your bag interior looking fab.
Sometimes linings are worn beyond repair and they should be replaced altogether. We can replace the lining to be as close to the original as possible or guide you through custom colours, pocket configurations and the best materials to use for form and function.
S P E C I A L T Y
LV is a favourite of ours and we've dedicated hundreds of hours to research, deconstruction and parts sourcing to allow us to repair all the loved bags that are ineligible for repair by the manufacturer. We work on vachetta replacement, patina cleaning and stain lightening, hardware and zipper replacement, hand-painted pattern matching, cracked canvas restoration and lining replacement.
We love the iconic details of Chanel and treasure the opportunity to work on these delicate beauties. We've perfected the 'simple stitch' that's prone to popping on double flap bags and offer a quick turnaround for this service. We've worked with their infamously soft lambskin and detailed caviar leather, including restoring fragile vintage pieces. We carefully clean and condition the interwoven leather chain, and can provide precise replacement leather if it becomes distressed.
Looking to totally revamp your item or design a fully custom accessory? We've been designing, patterning and sewing for over a decade. We have access to both authentic and complimentary materials: coated canvas, vachetta, saffiano, caviar, epi, etc as well as a range of hardware. We can also work with previously customized bags (those with monograms or stamps) to make them yours. Tell us what you have in mind and we're happy to work with you to bring your ideas to life.