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I was looking up how to fix a worn leather purse hand strap, or even a wallet – like my tired Louis Vuitton wallet from 12 years ago when I bought it for $450 and now it’s for sale for $800 – I suppose that’s inflation? Or just insanity?  Anyway, after much use of my wallet – I definitely got my money’s worth if you think about cost per use, it needed some TLC to restore it.

There were a few options my girlfriend told me, go to a leather repairs shop (but leave my precious there?) or do it the trashy way and use nail polish.  Neither really sounded that appealing so after a Google search, I found a blog post that helped direct me.

Here’s what I used:

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Fiebings, Edge Kote in Brown, $11 / Fiebrings Edge Kote in Black, $7

I bought both because I had a feeling the brown wasn’t dark enough and I wanted even the tiniest drop to make it a bit darker, just in case.  Worth it!  I did end up needing to use it for my Chloe bag.  You could also use this technique to fix a leather belt, canvas like Louis Vuitton small wallet or purse strap.

Fixing tips:

  • You can do both sides of a strap if you want, just lay/rest the strap on a box close to hold it up while it dries.
  • Use a Q-tip – get a new one if it looks over saturated which may cause it to bleed over the edge
  • A few coats might be needed to get it to match the rest of the thickness.
  • Let dry at least 10 minutes
  • Mix colors on a waxy magazine or something plastic.  I used the top of a canning jar lid.

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I rest my straps on a box.

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For my wallet to dry, I wedged it in my English toast rack – no it is not used for letters!  However, I will use it sometimes when I do calligraphy for them to dry.  I know, ridiculous American.

If you need to glue or repair a strap or product that’s fraying or open, I used the glue in a vinyl repair kit, which can also repair ripped canvas and leather I heard.  I used it at the corners of my LV wallet that had frayed apart.  I also heard this glue works as well being a flexible adhesive but since I haven’t tried it, I would recommend doing a test area then put the kote on to make sure it’ll adhere to it.

Happy purse repair!