We clean and repair a wide range of fabric objects including antique lace, embroidered panels and iconic 1960s fashion. Our services range from removing fabric from old or acidic backings, re-mounting using conservation-grade materials, removing old adhesive, wet-cleaning, repairing stitches, and stabilising and filling losses to fabric.
We restore designer handbags, including those by Hermès and Fendi, and traditional luggage including Louis Vuitton, drawing on our specialist knowledge of leather, silversmithing and exotic materials.
Typical treatments include removing stains, replacing loose or missing stitches, treating scuffed, worn and scratched leather, as well as recasting or re-plating missing or damaged hardware, such as clasps, locks and buttons.
With dedicated expertise in the restoration of precious metals, exotic or modern materials, including mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and a wide range of plastics we also restore fashion accessories and objets de vertu, ranging from silver gilt snuff boxes to tortoiseshell hair combs.
Whether repairing moth damaged silk, or replacing and retouching losses to the enamelled veneer of a card case, our techniques are effective, yet sympathetic.
Textiles & Fashion Accessories
State Opening of Parliament Frontal Tier Barriers
We received a set of Parliamentary Frontal Tier Barriers, which were woven in honour of the Queen’s 1953 coronation and have been used every year at the State Opening of Parliament.
The frontals were in varying states and required repair and reinforcement to prevent further deterioration. There was seam slippage in places and in some areas the fabric had completely disintegrated.
The existing method of nailing the fabric onto the wooden barriers had, over the years, caused both visual and structural damage to the fabric, and would only get worse over time.
Our experts patched and infilled the damask and repaired seam slips, stitching by hand and by machine. Old repairs that were failing were reinforced with cotton tape, as were weak points along the edge of the fabric.
We also devised a new method of attaching the damask fabric to the barriers using Velcro to prevent further damage and ensure the longevity of our repairs.