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Christian Dior Lady Bag: Step-by-Step Repair Process

One of the best-loved handbags of all time (which was frequently seen on the arm of Princess Diana - after whom it was named), Christian Dior's Lady Bag is crafted from supple lambskin leather, featuring emblematic topstitching and classic gold hardware. The iconic style can be worn on the shoulder or carried by hand and is known for its demure frame. Repairing this timeless accessory takes a steady hand and a good eye - take a look:

 

With its slouchy shape and scuffed skin, the Lady Bag arrived at the Concierge in early May looking well-loved, for sure, and worn. To restore its structure the team removed the broken frame, replaced it with a new piece of the same measurements and delicately adjusted the structure. Then our bag master hammered the Lady Bag into shape, and refinished its leather surface.

 

To mend the scarlet lining, which had been opened to adjust the new frame, the team applied a thorough conditioning and stitched in the new seam. After inspecting the smooth leather handles, it was clear that one of the two needed to be rebuilt completely to match the bag's original, unblemished appearance.

 

The bag master chose the appropriate leather swatch from the Concierge's extensive collection and began shaping a piece to match the existing strap. New seams were sewn by hand to replicate Dior's Cannage technique, and all metal hardware was cleaned before reassembling the handle for the finished product.

 

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