I gave my yellow Epi to my SIL and she tried to take it to LV to have it repaired. LV SA said it could not be repaired because of the way it was worn down the ridges on the leather. My SIL thought the leather could be crinp again. Also the wrinkes around the rim of the bag would crease terribly crack and tear. I didn't do this as it was never tied. Noe was meant to be worn short and close to the body for security and really never need to be tied so tight.