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Handbag Clinic opens in Leeds

(L-R) Handbag Clinic staff members Amber Reeve, Vicky Owen and Nayha Faris


Handbag Clinic, which cleans and restores handbags from some of the world’s most renowned designers, has opened in Leeds.

The firm opened on Chelsea’s Kings Road last year before launching in Islington and Newcastle. Such has been the demand for its specialist services, it is now open in Leeds’ Queens Arcade.

As well as giving designer handbags a complete overhaul, Handbag Clinic also sources and sells vintage and pre-loved bags from the likes of Hermes, Chanel, Celine and Louis Vuitton.

Every day, the clinic’s technicians provide TLC to bags worth tens of thousands of pounds, offering everything from a handbag clean to a full re-colour. Handbag Clinic also restores Christian Louboutin red soles.

Handbag Clinic has been thrilled by the response to its existing stores and has been searching for the right place to launch in Leeds for some time.

MD Ben Staerck said: “Leeds is deservedly renowned as a mecca for label lovers, with the city centre now home to the likes of Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood so we’re delighted to have finally found the perfect location to open Handbag Clinic in the city centre.

“We’re experiencing huge demand for services in our existing stores and we’re expecting interest to be high in Leeds too from owners of designer handbags and accessories in need of revival.”

The Leeds opening represents a six-figure investment in the city from Handbag Clinic, which has carried out a complete refurbishment at the premises, as well as employing three new members of staff in the store, including manager Vicky Owen.

The expert team at Handbag Clinic has previously taken on all sorts of restoration work, including a Hermes bag from a lady who wanted a pink Hermes Birkin, but didn’t want to put her name on the waiting list. Instead she bought a tan bag and Handbag Clinic completely changed the colour, including re-stitching to make sure the thread matched the new shade.

Handbag Clinic buyer Charlotte Staerck uses her extensive contacts worldwide to source previously owned designer handbags, which will go on sale in Leeds. Charlotte has put together an impressive collection of handbags for the new store, including a Valentino clutch, Mulberry Alexa and a Louis Vuitton Neverfull.
The firm was first established in August 2013. It already has stores on Chelsea’s Kings Road, in Islington, and Mosley Street, Newcastle. Handbag Clinic has swiftly become a favourite of celebrity clients, including the Made in Chelsea cast, Stephanie Pratt, reality TV star Imogen Thomas, Celebrity Match Maker Lady Nadia Essex and Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones.

For further information, visit Handbag Clinic’s website at