Make an Old Bag New Again with Dye

When I purchase a handbag my default color is always black. It’s classic, goes with everything, and it ages nicely. However a few years ago when I decided to sink some cash into Proenza Schoulder PS1 I decided to mix things up a bit with purple instead of black. I wanted a brilliant pop of color in my life and assumed the leather would break in beautifully. Boy was I wrong. proenza-schouler-ps1-medium-orchid After only a few weeks water stains started showing up (after being caught in the rain for about 2 seconds) and after a few months the back side of the bag was being ruined by my black jeans. WTF. I took it to get professionally cleaned and that didn’t help at all. I called the folks at Proenza Schouler and they explained that because it was vegetable dye there was little I could do to clean it. They suggested wiping it down with lotion and that didn’t help.

5327235853_621cc5c9a7_b $1600 down the drain. The bag had been sitting in my closet for about a year completely untouched. Until I had a stroke of genius – I would get it dyed black. I took the bag to my go-to place Andres #1 Custom Shoes on Sunset Blvd. Two days later, I have beautiful black PS1 bag and it only cost me $60 for this upgrade.

So if you have a bag that seems to have lost all hope, take it to a trusted specialist and get that baby dyed!

Before: proenza bag After: Black PS1 bag PS- my photo kinda sucks but trust me you cannot tell AT ALL that this bag was ever another color

  • ManyLobsters .

    This is brilliant! I’ve had dark blue denim jeans bleed dye onto a vintage suede bag, and it was never really the same. I’ll look into seeing if I can get it dyed!