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How to double the lifespan of your handbag with Handbag Clinic

Written by High Life North
Published 21.01.2020

By Bekki Ramsay

If you’re going to invest money into your wardrobe, a handbag is a wise decision. Not only are they less tied to trends than clothes or shoes but they also retain their value – well, if you take good care of them, that is.

Even if your bag holds sentimental value – whether you received it as a gift or worked hard to be able to afford it – there’s no denying that the novelty of such a joyous item can wear off in the day-to-day.

You place your ‘durable’ bag on the floor of a coffee shop. You throw in a lipstick that accidentally leaks, and so on. Then suddenly, you realise that your bag isn’t in as good condition as it used to be.

So, that’s why in 2020, it would be wise to make a vow to focus less on the items you don’t have and instead, looking after the things you do have. We’ve asked Charlotte Staerck, the handbag restoration specialist and co-owner of Handbag Clinic, for her top tips to keep our bags in the best condition. 

Keep your bag clean from day one

Now, let’s start with the obvious. According to Charlotte, “you should use a handbag protector from day one, keeping it topped up roughly every three months if it’s a bag that’s used daily or every six months for a weekend or occasion bag.”

Whilst it seems like common sense, keeping on top of this habit will not only prevent you from needing restorative work but it’ll help retain the value of your bag.”

 What’s more, Handbag Clinic has transformed their expertise into an in-house range of products which have gained so much recognition that they’re available to purchase in the Luxury Accessories department in Harrods. Alternatively, if you’re Newcastle based, they’re also available in their shop or online.

Each Handbag Clinic Care Kit comes with everything you need – sponges, clothes and a brush (if you purchase the suede kit) so you have all of the tools to protect your bag against sun damage, spillages and even, general wear and tear.


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