Oh no! Repair question :(

  1. So, I have this leather bag that's a million years old but well beloved ... possibly a little too well beloved. I carry it a lot of places, and yesterday I discovered that it had somehow gotten a small cigarette burn (I'm not a smoker, so this was a bit of a shock -- must have gotten too close to someone's ash). :sad:

    Is it even worth it to contact a leather repair shop to see if it can be fixed?

    If so, any DC/MD/VA recs for places to go??
  2. Hm, not sure where to recommend taking it, but I always think if it's something that's worth it to you (and it sounds like it is), it's worth trying to get it repaired. Maybe ask some coworkers if you don't any recommendations here? Or maybe Washingtonian will have something in one of their best of things?
  3. Sorry to hear about your bag!

    It will probably need to be buffered or reconditioned. Have you treated your bag before with any leather protector? Take it to a shoe repair shop and tell them what happened and they might be able to help you out. If you have pre-treated your bag, it'll be a good idea to tell them, and to tell them what happened. Good luck!
  4. Thanks for your responses.

    I'm not sure if the bag is treated -- I purchased it off eBay and didn't know to treat it myself. I'm looking around for answers, but I have hope -- I saw an Andrew Marc leather jacket with a gigantic rip in its sleeve that was perfectly restored. This is maybe the size of a large pinhead.
  5. PrincessShan - if it's not inconvenient for you to get to, there's a great shoe repair guy on 13th Street in NW DC. He's worked wonders with the leather on some of my shoes. Might be worth popping in and showing him the bag to get advice (he's always been honest with me and said whether or not he can work with it). I don't have the phone # or exact address handy, but the place is called George's Shoe Repair and is on the corner of 13th and U (kitty corner to the Rite Aid). The recently opened another location somewhere around 16th and U too. Try to talk with the owner (he's the older fellow) if you can.

    Or you could try emailing a bag repair specialist (like lovin' my bags) and asking them if it's worth trying to repair.

    good luck!
  6. Thanks, everyone! I did e-mail a few places, just to get an idea, and it seems like this can be fixed. I'm definitely popping into George's though. It's not far from me! The hole isn't all the way through the leather (thank heavens).