My sister and I recently brought our mum’s old handbags to Lovin my Bags, Bangsar Village 2. It’s a handbag spa boutique and the picture and screenshot below explain what the shop does.
To be very very honest, I never knew that this sort of shop existed before. My sister did tell me about her sending one of her bags to a bag spa before and how that bag now looks very clean but I did not pay much attention to it. I came home this time and I got interested in cleaning one of my bags just so it would look fresher and newer. That was also when I recalled of two of my mum’s handbags that she had kept unused for a few years. 1 because the leather simply got stained due to the colour transfer from her jeans to that handbag. The handbag is in off white colour so the stain was obvious enough.
Before I write further, I just want to note that my sister went to a different bag spa boutique – MyBagSpa. MyBagSpa has more branches and I initially rang this shop to enquire about the price and duration of cleaning. From the information I got, I then went to my best friend again (Mr Google) and he suggested another shop – LovinMyBags. I called up the shop and the quotation I received was much more cheaper. And oh, the location is much preferable too (Bangsar Village 2). The comparisons are something like this:
RM180 for A4 sized bags
Duration is 2-3 weeks
50% on top of the original quotation if express service is required
Express service is 5-7 days
RM150 for A4 sized bags
Duration is 2 weeks
25% on top of the original quotation if express service is required
Express service is 5 days
So back to the story, I did not leave my bag for cleaning as what I did was I bought the cleaning products instead (thanks to my sister for the advice) but we did leave both our mum’s handbags. We really loved the service offered to us and the bag advisor was also very friendly. She was super informative and she did not try to market the business by saying the bag would look 100% new but rather 80% new. Her exact words “the bag is after all used so there are things that are unfixable. But it will look newer and fresher I promise. I will let you decide because you’re paying for the service”. She explained to us the concept of scuffing and dirt. Scuffing is unremovable but dirt is. What usually happens is our bags get scuffed and then dirt would easily blend in hence why the bags would not 100% new. We are actually removing the dirt from the scuffing. However, I do think that our bags may look 90-100% new if they are only just stained by dirt.
Here are ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of my mum’s handbags for easy reference:
As you can see, my mum’s bag completely looks fresh! The scuffing remains but the dirt is gone.
Okay. This bag is made of canvas. As you can see, this bag shows major ‘new’ effect after it’s cleaned. Yes, my mum was mostly impressed with this bag compared to the first one the moment she saw both bags. I would say value for money lies in cleaning canvas bags. However again, I have discovered many leather bags looking as fresh too so it really depends on the damage that your bags have.
I’m now going to share the pictures of the cleansing products that my sister and I bought for our bags.
We bought Beauty & Shine Cleanser and Beauty & Shine Moisturiser for RM180. What we do is we take a clean microfibre cloth or white cloth and put a bit of the cleanser on it and start applying on our bags. Please don’t get worried if you see colour stains on the cloth. The bag advisor told my sister and I that it is perfectly normal to receive that effect as we clean our bags. The next step is to dry it (either leave to air to dry/use hairdryer) and then we can begin applying moisturiser to our bags before finally drying it again. Products review: I have used both of them on two of my bags and my bags now look 80% new and fresh. The time taken to clean is a bit of pain but the result is just worth it.
Before I end this post, I would like to share an additional information. My sister and I made the right choice by going to LovinMyBags because we received 20% additional discount for using CIMB MasterCard. So to CIMB MasterCard holders, this is an added advantage of going to LovinMyBags.
I hope everyone finds this post useful! It’s really not just face and hair that need pampering, I just learned that *insert wink emoticon* hehe.
One satisfied customer there.