Open for Vintage announce partnership with Handbag Clinic

Luxury vintage marketplace, Open for Vintage (OFV), has partnered with UK luxe restoration and repair business, Handbag Clinic, to strengthen and expand its circular offering.

Available on the Open for Vintage website from Thursday 1ST July, users will be able to book in their pre-loved bags for a range of services via the new Repair & Restore Portal on the OFV site. Customers simply provide detail of the service they require as well as images of their product, and Handbag Clinic will respond with a bespoke quote. Cleaning and stain removal will be available from £45, whilst repair services, encompassing everything from scratches to replacing broken zips and improving shape or colour loss, will be available from £135 to restore visitor’s vintage treasures to their former glory. For those looking to add their personal touch to their vintage item, a ‘customise’ option will also be available to colour change, update detailing or add new straps or chains, providing customers with a wardrobe update that is both guilt-free and kind to the planet.

Open for Vintage are thrilled to be progressing on their mission to accelerate the move towards a sustainable fashion future by expanding into the restoration sector. Not only will customers be able to re-house existing goods via Open for Vintage, but from tomorrow, will be able to extend the lifetime of their handbags with the help of Handbag Clinic’s dedicated team of artisans. Combining the finest craftsmanship, technology and innovative techniques, the Repair & Restore services will allow the OFV community to enjoy their handbags for longer.

Synonymous with conscious luxury, Handbag Clinic lovingly restores over 700 bags per month and is the longest established luxe restoration service in the UK. Its highly skilled artisans have an intrinsic understanding of premium brands and their common areas of wear and tear and have created bespoke, brand specific restoration treatments to address this.

The decision to collaborate with Handbag Clinic came after a third consecutive year of bags outselling all other categories on the Open for Vintage site, with pre-loved handbags making up 62% of all sales in 2020. Through this partnership, the business is thrilled to be able to cater to the current and future needs of its customers who wish to treasure their designer handbags for a lifetime, not a season.

Continuously acknowledging the need to contribute to an industry that functions more sustainably via a circular model, the partnership underscores the Open for Vintage mission to promote a ‘nurture’ instead of ‘new’ mindset.

Chief Operations Officer, James Loftus says: “We are very excited about our partnership with Handbag Clinic, which further advances our goal to create a more valuable offering for our luxury fashion customers. Not only can our community build a unique, sustainable wardrobe through buying pre-loved, but they can now also maintain its quality through Handbag Clinic’s ability to reimagine & revive fashion from decades past.”

Handbag Clinic co-founder, Charlotte Staerck, added: “Luxury vintage handbags are rare and coveted treasures people want to preserve and pass down for generations to come. Restorative work for vintage is not necessarily about making something look brand new, but using our specialist techniques to give bags a new lease of life whilst maintaining their all-important vintage aesthetic. We are super excited to be partnering with Open For Vintage who share our passion and vision.”

Handbag Clinic’s services will be available on the Open for Vintage website from tomorrow in the Repair & Restore Portal, found in the site footer. These services will continue to evolve, with new and exciting additions to the Open for Vintage restoration offering due in the coming months.

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