An investment bag is exactly what it sounds like: a) an investment, and therefore worth a pretty penny, and b) a bag, and therefore, to some degree, rather battered (it does carry all your stuff for you!). While you could be the tidiest, most careful person ever, there's only so much you can do to keep your piece in triple A+ shape—time wears and little accidents happen, no matter what.
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With that in mind, we've drawn up a directory of the metro's most stellar luxury repair shops! Trust us on these, because they can fix any concern for you, from minute, microscopic scratches to hideous, humongous ink stains.
Home service?! For designer bag revamping?! Your Highness better believe it, because Royal Restore's got it—they offer full service repair and restoration of your prized possession plus the exclusivity of home service.
Visit them at Lower Ground Floor, Basement 1, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City; tel. no. 274 6756; www.royalrestore.com
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Head on over to Bag Spa for an all-around purse pampering! Choose from their leather cleaning, color restoration, electroplating, lining change, stain removal, and leather conditioning services (or, you know, go for them all).
Visit them at SM Supercenter Pasig Tiendesitas (Frontera Verde, C5 corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City); tel. no. 401 8115; cel. no. 0922-633-4326; www.bagspamanila.com
Their signature offering may be the Vibram Sole Protector for beat-up designer soles, but Doctor Leather loves bags, too! Come in for a check up and avail of their bag cleaning and restoration, bag handle change, and leather stitching services.
Visit them at 3/F Glorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati City; cel. no. 0998 390 1505; www.doctorleatherph.com
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Now this is where you go to patch up your lola's Dior or Ferragamo baul treasures. Give your heirloom pieces the head-to-toe refresh with a lining change, handle restoration, zipper alignment, and an overall cleaning and leather reconditioning. They'll be good as new in no time.
Visit them at Unit 10, 2/F, Bellitudo Complex, 79B Katipunan Road, White Plains, Quezon City; cel. no. 0916 528 8165; www.vintagerestoremanila.com
This Singaporean favorite started as a single-outlet shoe repair shop in 2003, but has expanded to 10 countries in its global franchise. You'll see why Color Wash is incomparably trusted: its proper-name specialties include Degreasing (removing oil stains caused by handling over time); Moisturizing (preserving your goods by softening its leather to counteract cracks); Transparent Coating (shielding items with a clear, protective layer to prevent color transference); and Water Protection (to minimize spill damage caused by water and other liquids).
Visit them at Unit 6 Rustan’s Supermarket, Concourse Level, Power Plant Mall, Makati; www.colorwash.com.ph
We're crazy about their Color Capture technology that revives and recolors leather that has been stained—think dye from brushing up against your dark-wash jeans, accidental oil spills (are they ever intentional?!), or even Sharpie doodles from hyperactive toddlers.
Visit them at Westgate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; cel. no. 0917 590 2544; www.facebook.com/Bagrx