Here's the Coach bag I found earlier this week.
I'm no expert on leather, so I could use some advice. This thing is in really nice shape besides the color of the leather. As you can see, it's very discolored. What would be the best product to use to bring the original color back (if possible) or would I need to use leather dye?
Any input appreciated!
Due to a public holiday tomorrow, my wife and I have been sitting here with wine and I've had the time to keep up with this thread and it's a full time job reading everything. Anyway, it's an unfinished leather, right? It looks to me like it's dried out everywhere but under the flap. Since it's closed most of the time, oil tends to stay there. I would try a conditioner over all of it and let that soak into the hide. It will look dark for awhile, but after a few days it should even out. I have a beeswax based leather balsam that I use on unfinished leather and makes things incredibly soft and reconditioned. The downside is that it can make darker leathers appear almost black for some time.
Awesome bag, by the way! If it's available, I'd consider it as-is!