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. 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.
$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!