Okay, so a scratch or a scuff isn’t life threatening, but it is heart breaking when that bag or those shoes you’ve saved up for take a bit of a battering. But expert help is at hand, with repair specialists able to restore your accessories back to their box-fresh aesthetic. Here are the the heroes who can save the day…
Brand new repair service The Restory is bringing fashion restoration into 2017, with a content-rich site and helpful office hours (7am-7pm) to boot. Combining expert services with convenience, a representative will come and collect your item – they do everything from mending cigarette holes to repairing hardware – and return it to you in 72 hours. Currently only available in Central and West London.
From moth holes to bobbling, cashmere needs serious care, and that's where Cashmere Care Service comes in. Operating out of Hawick, the home of the soft wool, they can repair the fibres of anything from merino to geelong, and will even send back your piece beautifully packaged, with an exact explanation of the service they've carried out.
Forget your mani-pedi, it’s your designer accessory that gets pampered at the Handbag Spa, with packages from The Marbella (removal of light dirt build-up) to The Milan – the full works, from fading to repairing holes. Get a bespoke quote online, and then drop your bag off at any of their multiple UK agents, from £30.
You’re in good hands with the ‘doctors’ at The Handbag Clinic, who were responsible for restoring the world’s most expensive bag (a diamond encrusted Hermes Birkin in pink Croc leather) in 2015. With a store on the King’s Road and another in Islington, all Londoners can have their fares serviced by these pros. Plus, they’ll even buy your unwanted bags to resell.
Featured on the BBC and recommended by Claridges’ concierge, 1st Class Shoe Repairs is ideal for those across the UK, with the opportunity to post your footwear to their experts for free. There’s even an online form that allows you to send images of your damaged product to the workshop before you send them in, so you can guarantee the service you’re getting in advance.
There’s nothing glamorous about Hoxton Shoe Repairs, but with over 30 years’ experience, their experts are more than qualified to give your damaged footwear a full MOT. They can also repair all leather, from jackets to belts, making them an under-the-radar gem.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of Louboutins in your closet, you’ll know their propensity to scuff and wear. Red Soles specialises in restoring that illustrious red paint, from a total, in-store revamp to replacement rubber soles that are guaranteed to last. Alternatively, nab one of their at-home repair kits, and utilise your DIY skills.
Before making a designer purchase, check what repair services the brand offers. Labels like Céline and Hermès will give your bag a free annual service in their European ateliers, whilst Chanel notoriously offers no support for damaged goods. Do your research first.