London briefcase repair?

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  1. Oleg

    Oleg Senior member

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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.
     


  2. Lear

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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.
     
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  3. landshark

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    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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  5. Oleg

    Oleg Senior member

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    The fixings on Lear's bag look similar to mine so Camden it is. Thank you very much indeed, gentlemen.
     


  6. Oleg

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

    Charlie
     


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