I have several Longchamp leather bags that need repair.
One is a light tan colored, unfinished leather (nubuck?) messenger bag. I love the bag, but never bothered to properly clean it. It's filthy now and probably needs a complete restoration. Any recommendations? Any idea about costs for such an extensive overhaul? I bought it on sale in Paris about 11 years ago, I paid about $150-$200 for it.
I also have a couple of roseau bags that are starting to bubble and peel a bit. Can these be taken to a longchamp boutique for repair or can a local cobbler handle it.
Finally, I have a few pebbled leather bags that need good cleanings. Any recommendations for cleaning/restoration products?
I'm trying to be much better about preventative care with my brand new bags. Any tips and recs would be appreciated.
I'm in Los Angeles, fairly centrally located, so if anyone has recommendations for local leather restorers and cobblers, I would appreciate it very much.
I might be crazy, but I just toss my Le Pliage into the washing machine along with other stuff I'm washing. The leather on the handles still looks fine and it comes out nice and clean. I do let it air dry, though.
I just take a bit of all-purpose (and all-natural) soap like Dr. Bronner's on a warm clean cloth and work it into the dirty spots. Then I rinse the soapy part out with warm water.
If you just want to keep a little bottle of Dr. Bronner's on hand for this purpose, a lot of stores like Whole Foods and Target sell small travel-size bottles. The soap is really concentrated so a travel bottle should last you forever.
I also clean the leather parts sometimes with a bit of LMB or Apple Care.
So far everything that gets on my tote comes out!!!