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-orchidAfter 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 bagAfter:Black PS1 bagPS- my photo kinda sucks but trust me you cannot tell AT ALL that this bag was ever another color

One thought on “Make an Old Bag New Again with Dye”

  1. 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!

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