My $25 Bottega, and its journey to regain its beauty!!

Mar 8, 2006
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I believe this is my first time to post in this section and I am thrilled to be ale to do so! I was at Buffalo Exchange today and as I was walking out the door, I spotted this bag hanging amidst all of the cheapie PVC bags. It looked out of place, and I could tell that it was certainly not on the same level as its counterparts. It's haughty manner gve me pause, and I reached out to touch it. I was welcomed by the softest, most lush leather I might have ever encountered. I zeroed in to make further discoveries, and was thrilled when I saw the nameplate. But nothing could equal the thrill of the $25 pricetag. It needs some love, but I am perfectly prepared to bestow some time and Tarrago #18 on this beauty. Today, she will start her transformation from a dingy green BV to a beautiful, black with the possibility of some studs (will see how that goes later). I will take pics of her progress.....as she is dying to show off her new self!
 

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noddanard

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I have an off white BV that I'm too afraid to carry.
I'd be great if I can have it dyed.
Will the color transfer though?
 
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No...the color doesn't transfer. I have dyed my Bbag with the same thing....no problems. I am doing this in real time...so you are seeing it as it progresses. I have been wanting a crossbody ba for a while....and for $25, this can't be beat!! I may decide to ad some studs....to give it a ittle rock n' roll edge....but waiting to decide.

These pics are of the outside of the bag....now finished. Natural sunlight....

Also, she is lined in the softest leather!!
 

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mas2388

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I love it the way it is. Once the studs trend is gone, you might regret adding them!
 

Melissa71

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Anne, it's beautiful! You did a wonderful job. Did the dye change the feel of the leather at all?

I agree with Mas, I'd leave the studs off. You can attach a pretty charm or leather tassel that can give it some edge, without being permanent. Maybe a charm that has some small chains incorporated into them.
 
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Ooohhh....I like that idea!!^^^ Way less permanent!! The leather feel has changed for the minute. But in my experience with dying my bbags, as soon as I put some lotion on...it will soften right up!

Thanks Mas2388, Juda, Mintpearl, and Basicandorganic :smile: