LEATHER KNOW-HOW - RESTORATION OF OLD TRUNK

RESTORATION AND PATINA OF THE LEATHERS OF OLD TRUNKS

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There are different specialties in the leather trades. The saddler makes all the leather parts essential for driving a team: saddles, harness accessories ... The saddler saddler, straps, harnesses ...

 

Craftsmen, we have degrees in leather goods.

COWHIDE LEATHER - PIG LEATHER - EXOTIC LEATHERS

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These Vuitton, Goyard and Moynat leather suitcases came to us with significant stains on the leather, stains caused by humidity or UV rays. 

 

A lot of restoration and patina work on the leather has been done.

 

The peculiarity of leathers is that they are unique, fragile and delicate, they do not all react in the same way to stains and restoration techniques. You have to be patient and adapt to each room.

 

 

The leather is original and has not been changed. It is only the cleaning and the patina of the leather to restore its  shine. 

 

The handle was redone identically and patinated

 

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Leather replacement

We keep the original leathers as much as possible. However, the rotting cracked leathers are replaced and patinated in line with the leathers preserved for maximum quality of work.

 

 

 


SELLIER RESTORATION OF THE LEATHER OF OLD TRUNKS

LEATHER HANDLE FOR VUITTON MOYNAT GOYARD LUGGAGE

 

The manufacture of our leather articles is carried out as at the time in a completely traditional way. It is the know-how of the saddler. We trained with former craftsmen from  Maison Hermès Paris.

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As the steps are numerous, this article will not detail them all, only the most relevant for your understanding.

 

Choice of leather

French manufacture, vegetable tanning. We use premium full grain cowhide leather. 

Vegetable tanning is a chemical process that appeared in the 19th century to stop the putrefaction of the skins and consists of transforming the skins into leather by making them more durable and more flexible. This operation is done in tanneries.

 

The choice of leather is therefore as important as the know-how of the Leatherworker / Saddler.

 

We buy high quality complete skins used for the realization of luxury manufactured products.

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Hand tool

The work is done with traditional hand tools. They have not evolved and are still sharpened by hand.

 

Slicing of leathers 

The leather we have chosen is 4.2 mm thick so we will slice it until we obtain the desired thicknesses.

It tightened patina before cutting according to the desired result.

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Knurled claw 

It is a tool with a wooden handle fitted with a wheel which prints the locations of the stitches to be sewn on the leather.

 

Preparing the wires 

Preparation of the linen threads, cut to the right length according to the piece to be made, then waxed using natural beeswax.

 

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Couture Point saddle 

The seam should be strong, flexible, waterproof and pretty because it is also a decorative element.

The saddle stitch or laced stitch is the strongest seam there is, impossible to machine. It comes from the know-how of the saddler who manufactures riding articles where the seams are very stressed and must be very resistant and of high quality.

The saddle stitch is used on the handles of old Louis Vuitton, Goyard and Moynat trunks.

 

The particularity of the saddle stitch is to be done with a thread and two needles.

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In order to be able to use his two hands holding the two needles and his alan to pierce the leather, the piece is held in a wooden sewing clip, wedged between the legs.

 

Everything you need to know about saddle stitch sewing ... read more

 

Beat the seam.

Beat the seam on a marble to embed the thread in the leather the goal being to avoid friction of the thread and therefore to prevent its wear which would cause it to break.

Also in saddlery the friction of the seams can injure the horse.

 

Thread

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The finishing of hot slices consists of two distinct operations, threading and polishing. 

These two operations are closely linked even if the other preliminary operations are also very important and influence the quality of the final work of the units.

When hot, the thread crushes and welds the fibers of the leather, which is essential for the good hold of the seam.

Threading is also used to make decorative lines (net)

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Jerk off

The polishing consists, among other things, of finishing the slices with gum arabic.

 

Pampering

The pampering is the last step in the production.

EXAMPLE OF VUITTON, GOYARD AND MOYNAT HANDLE RESTORATIONS:


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We manufacture all kinds of leather objects, from small leather goods to making jewelry boxes.

This unique know-how transmitted by  Gilbert Rotival , a house founded in 1895 in Paris


 

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