DIY Project: Restoring a Vintage Dior

It has been a while since I last made a DIY project. It was six years ago to be exact when I had recolored a bag strap. I was just browsing when I suddenly thought of taking another stab restoring a vintage Lady Dior Shoulder Bag from 1997 stored inside the closet.

Before and after restoration - Vintage Christian Dior Patent Cannage Lady Dior Shoulder Bag

Before and after restoration of this vintage patent Dior

I first wrote about this back in 2012, when I had looked back at things that were destroyed by Typhoon Ondoy from 2009. All that was usable from this was the zipper pull. It was, I believed at the time, a lost cause.

Fast forward to around 2017, I tried restoring it using various leather dyes, including the Tarrago Color Dye I bought in June that year. It was a major fail. Before I even started, I have read a lot of information online how some people managed to do it. In my mind, those tricks would do the trick. But I ended up with something like this blotched patent leather.

Before the restoration - Vintage Christian Dior Patent Cannage Lady Dior Shoulder Bag

Before the restoration

Look at the botched patent cannage - Vintage Christian Dior Patent Cannage Lady Dior Shoulder Bag

Look at the botched patent cannage

Thus, for five more years, to the closet it went. Forgotten. I was tentative whether or not I should just throw it out. I, however, thought that I may have the courage again to attempt another restoration. If this won’t work, then I don’t know what else.

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