Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dyeing a Leather Handbag

Hello Out There,

I have a cute bag that I purchased a few years ago.  It is a Michael Kors, and the leather is so soft and buttery.  I love it!  Unfortunately, having lived in the DC Metro region since purchasing said bag, it has become a bit discolored from use and smog.  I haven't carried it in over a year because I don't like a dirty bag :(

Ain't she a beaut?
Anyway, I still love the bag.  It is the perfect size for commuting.  I called around and found a shoe repair shop that dyes leather bags.  They only have basic colors, like brown and black, but they have received excellent reviews.  I think I am going to give it a try.  If my bag were black, that would breath new life into her, and I know I would carry her again.

I will post information about the process, cost and pictures of the finished project when it is done!

Have you ladies ever dyed a handbag?

Talk Soon,


UPDATE:  I just got back from the leather repair shop where I was told the bag could not be dyed.  They are charging me $60 to clean it.  To be honest, I was not thrilled.  I guess $60 to restore a $400 handbag (the only expensive one I own) is not a bad deal, but I am still a bit peeved.


  1. That really sucks that they couldn't dye it, but at least you will be able to wear it again because it is a really great bag!

  2. Thanks so much! I will post pictures once it is all clean again :)

  3. you can spend money to get it cleaned but why can't they dye it?

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  4. I know! He said it would take too much dye, so it would take a long time to dry and would still be likely to rub off on me and my clothes :(