Every time someone asks me what type of bag I love best, my answer is always, “Quilted with chain and leather entwined shoulder strap.” And the response (if he/she knows bags) is also always, “Ah, Chanel.”
So it’s no surprise that the bag I covet most is THE Chanel 2.55 (and not far behind is my first designer bag-love, the Marc Jacobs Stam).
The sad thing about Chanels though is that they’re sensitive (save for the caviar leather). Sadder for someone whose college best friends nicknamed “Clumsy Plumsy”–it is I who often get victimized by the 4 T’s of kamalasan: tapilok, talisod, tumba, and tamaan!
But can you expect a even a clumsy girl like me to give up my passion (haha, passion talaga!)? Of course not! And that’s why I’m mighty grateful there’s Vintage Restore!
If you remember, Vintage Restore has already done a really good job on a Chanel bag of mine. So when I saw that my other Chanel (a Chanel Medium Cambon Tote Bag from the Ligne Cambon line) looked scruffy…
…and, dear God–its back pocket got torn!–I no longer panicked.
OK, so I slightly panicked. But I immediately took pictures and sent them to Trish Cuason, one of the owners of Vintage Restore. She asked me to send the bag to her new store in White Plains, Quezon City so she could “diagnose” its problem.
As soon as she received my Chanel Cambon (which I sent through courier), she gave me her diagnosis, and recommended the course of treatment.
One of the precautions I specifically mentioned included not changing the color too much (as it will look fake) and to make sure the “diamonds” of the back pocket would still be aligned with the overall stitching of the bag (because if they don’t, they’ll look fake). Trish said she can re-dye the bag with a shade 15% darker, and that she’ll do her best about the back pocket. She promised she will personally supervise my Cambon.
Since I live far from Quezon City and since I was in no rush to get Pinky Cambon (the bag’s name, hehe), I only had it picked up last December when our staff went to Quezon City to attend to some business. Too bad I couldn’t come with them (this was the kasagsagan of my “Bree van de Kamp”-wannabe days)–Trish told me she wanted to meet me personally pa naman, and so did I.
Upon our staff’s arrival, I was holding my breath when I saw one of them carrying the Vintage Restore paper bag. He told me, “Grabe Ma’am, parang tao ang trato nila sa mga bags dun!”
And so here is Pinky Cambon after a month or two at the bag spa that is Vintage Restore:
Let’s take a closer look at the previously damaged areas:
O ‘di ba? 🙂 Looks new! Plus, the color almost never changed! And yes, the “diamonds” of the back pocket are still aligned (the angle when the photos were taken might have made it appear otherwise, but they’re still perfectly aligned!)
Truly, this Chanel bag has been given a new lease on life, thanks to Vintage Restore! I can’t wait to go on a date with my hubby (note: Raviv-less!) and proudly carry this bag again
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