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London briefcase repair?

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One of the rivets that fixes the handle to the body of my geriatric briefcase has sheared off. Anybody know of a possible repairer? Tried a local cobbler to no avail and the luggage repair places I've checked online seem to be geared to fixing modern, nylon luggage - new zips, tears, etc. Might better cobblers be a better bet? I've not resorted to trailing the bag round all the central ones in the hope that one might - trailing it anywhere without a functioning handle is an arse.
Thanks in advance.
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I took this ancient briefcase to a little shop in Camden. I can't remember the name. Sorry. They replaced the handle with a pretty good match. It isn't of SAB quality, but good enough.

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Come out of Camden Town underground. Stay on the same side and walk north, up towards the market etc. It's next to (or on?) the little hump-backed bridge. The English National Opera have/had a lot of stuff made/repaired by them. Sorry I can't be more specific.

Lear (Sawf Lahndahn innit)

Edit: Hope it wasn't gutted by those fires a couple of years ago.
Edited by Lear - 2/27/12 at 6:48am
post #3 of 8
The exact same thing happened to one of my briefcases. It cost me $10 at a leather repair shop to fix.
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Originally Posted by Lear View Post

I took this ancient briefcase to a little shop in Camden.
Hope it wasn't gutted by those fires a couple of years ago.

The name of the shop is Gohil's and, as far as I know, they are still there.

http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/gohils-leathergoods-shops-london

http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1217/25725.php
post #5 of 8
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The fixings on Lear's bag look similar to mine so Camden it is. Thank you very much indeed, gentlemen.
post #6 of 8
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Update: Gohil's haven't done repairs for a long time, apparently.
After a fair bit of ringing around, I ended up taking it to Hoxton Shoe Repairs along with a pair of Loakes in need of new soles and heels.
Have to say, I'm delighted with them. Really nice, helpful place and quick: left the bag and shoes late afternoon on Friday and had a text from them on Monday afternoon saying all was ready to collect. Bag's had a nice brass rivet put on to hold the handle in place which looks better quality than the originals--if any others go, I think I'll get them to replace the lot--and he's done what looks a great job on the Loakes.
It's a bit out of my way for me but I reckon it's worth the trek from Harrow on the Hill to Old Street. Besides which, it's a good excuse to go for pho a short walk away on the Kingsland Road or a drink amongst the 'Hoxton Twats'.
http://www.hoxtonshoerepairs.co.uk
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For general reference, I have had two briefcases repaired by the Martin Ashworth and have been happy with the results.  You have to be prepared to use the post, though:  http://www.mlworkshop.co.uk/
 

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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

For general reference, I have had two briefcases repaired by the Martin Ashworth and have been happy with the results.  You have to be prepared to use the post, though:  http://www.mlworkshop.co.uk/

 

Dont know this chap but he looks very good, good find.

Charlie
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