Oh no! That's what I said when I saw canvas cracking on my favorite Artsy.
Cracks may appear due to 2 basic reasons. It's either a defect of the bag or a consequence of the bag's misuse.
If you wonder if Louis Vuitton repairs cracked canvas, the answer is 'no'. The boutique can help to fix all other issues - glazing, torn vachetta, inside lining but they can't do anything at all about the canvas.
So what can be done?
1) Go to Louis Vuitton and talk to a sales assistant/manager.
First of all, let's find out if your crack is a known defect for Louis Vuitton. Probably the cracks are not your fault.
If you purchased the bag straight from the store, check the date code. If the bag is less than 2 years old, chances are you are eligible for a free replacement.
Louis Vuitton bags come with a warranty. If something happens within the 2 years (I guess the number varies from country to country but it's close to 2 years in most cases), they most probably will try to do their best to make you happy.
Some bag styles just have cracks and it's a known issue. For instance, the first batch of a well-known monogram Artsy released in 2009 is known to have cracks eventually, no matter how good you are at caring about your bag.
If it's a defect, they will either give you a new bag or offer a credit for the same value for you to pick another item.
If it's a defect but the bag is too old, they can't do anything about it.
2) Fix the crack with cyanoacrylate glue
If it's only one or two cracks, here's what you can do.
- Buy any cyanoacrylate glue. It's a super strong glue.
- Take a pin.
- Take a drop of glue with the edge of the pin.
- Put the edge of the pin inside the crack.
- Stick the two sides of the bag together.
Here's what it looks like when it's repaired.
In the next posts, I'll show how you can fix a crack yourself - just like I did in this example.
3) Ask a cobbler to fix it
Too many cracks? Glue won't help you here.
Canvas is not leather but still, it can be fixed. In most cases, you just need to ask a cobbler to find a piece of leather similar in terms of color.
In this example, the cobbler took a piece of brown leather and used it as a trim for an Artsy. It now looks much better than the version with cracks.
Did you ever had a crack on your bag? What did you do? Share your experience in comments.
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