(Closed) Heeeelpp! Might have ruined my coach bag :(

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Post # 3
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

First of all, that scuff will never go away. But it’s good leather so will be physically ok, even if it’s not perfect.

Secondly, the alcohol probably did lift a bit if the stain, so while you can minimize it with a good leather conditioner, it will never match perfectly again.

I personally don’t think this is ‘ruined’. One of the beautiful things about quality items is that they gain character in time with age. This is not a bad thing.

Condition the bag and embrace the fact that no one else has a Coach bag quite like yours.

Post # 4
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

COACH products often are displayed in stores with a scarf tied around the handle.  Maybe you could find a gorgeous COACH (or other) scarf and tie it so that part of the scarf will hang down over the lighter part of the bag?

ETA:  There also are several of them on eBay right now. It’s possible you could score a lower-cost replacement if the stain is worse than it looks in the photo and you decide you really don’t want to carry it as it is:



Post # 5
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think it is ruined at all.

Bit of leather cleaner, and it is barely noticable.

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Don’t worry too much about it! If you didn’t point it out, I would not have noticed it. Like a pp said, just condition it.. a lot, and don’t think another thing about it! One of my LV’s cracked from putting too much heavy stuff in one of the pockets, and not conditioning it! I thought you weren’t supposed to with LV.. alas, I will not make that mistake again! ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 7
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think that the alcohol might have removed some of the dye from the leather… unfortunatley I dont know what you could do to fix this… perhaps consult a leather dyer and they could perhaps find a shade match and add a dye to this part of the bag? 

Other than that, just have that part of the bag be towards your body. 

Post # 8
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

(( HUGS )) to you cause I can tell this is upsetting

This info is too late for the situation you find yourself in now…

But for future reference… you want to first try a Cleaner / Conditioner made for leather (the stuff that they use to clean Car Leather Seats with is fantastic for getting dirt off )… and even good old toothpaste is a an awesome leather cleaner (great on ink)

As the others have said, I sadly think the damage is permanent… (sorry)

The Alcohol acted as a bleach, and has taken some of the pigment dye out of the leather.  And alcohol has a drying effect… so it is unlikely to come back to how it was before.  BUT perhaps conditioning it with an appropriate Leather Cleaner / Conditioner might help it a bit, be less noticeable.

But I am afraid the damage is done.

@Brielle: has made a wonderful suggestion for the short term.

In the long term, you might want to consider taking your Bag to a Professional Leather worker, who could dye it another colour for you.

Granted it won’t be this pretty pink (and therefore a Classic Coach Purse of 20–) BUT it will forever be a Coach Purse… no matter what colour it is.

Lol, and a one of a kind original “Alexandria” that happens to be in a different CUSTOMIZED Colour.

To me any how, I buy Quality Goods cause of their staying power, as much as I just plain have fallen in LOVE with the item.

So altho I’d be saddened that the Purse is now marked / faded, I wouldn’t see it as the end of MY History with the bag… I’d be dying it and creating a new history together (in so much as this Purse could last you your entire lifetime)

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

Take it to Coach. I used to work there briefly and I didn’t know before that they will send their products away to be fixed if possible and often times it is. They also have leather care products that may help. 

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