It is a very attractive bag.Hi everyone,
I sent my vintage Toile and Box Rouge vif Sellier K32 in for spa because the leather was dry and cracking in spots. I requested a new handle, new side straps and asked if anything could be done with the leather edging (please see photo with my badly drawn arrow, LOL). Unfortunately, when I picked her up only the handle and side straps were replaced and only those two items were documented on the request. I suppose it was a miscommunication. However, the SA said she didn't think the edging could be replaced because the bag would have to be reconstructed. Does anyone know if the edging can be replaced?
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Thank you so much for your reply! The bag was originally sent to Paris for the handle and side strap replacement so I suppose they didn't deem the edging as necessary. Most of the edging is in great condition. Only the portion at the top where it creases when opened is cracking. She is perfectly fine to use, I'm just trying to get her restored to her original beautyIt is a very attractive bag.
If an item is presented for spa, I believe the usual practice (regardless of any specific work you ask for at that point) is that the item is assessed and you are presented with a list of work deemed possible and necessary. When you accept the estimate you agree to whatever proposed work you wish to be carried out. If replacing the edging is not deemed necessary or possible it would not appear as an option.
Your SA was probably using her previous experience of how spa works when she gave you her opinion.
If you are near a store with an in-house artisan, you should return and make your specific request; you might get an immediate answer. Failing that it might have to be sent to Paris even for assessment.
Every bag will present in a different way and you cannot reliably transfer experiences.
Just in case it is helpful in future to anyone searching I'm quoting my own post.