TRANSFORMING AN ABANDONED BRIEFCASE. $8 THRIFT SHOP RESTORATION

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  • Published on Sep 12, 2019
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Comments • 737

  • Verónica Ramírez de Arellano

    It turned out good!

  • Craig Smith
    Craig Smith 3 hours ago

    I LOOOVE THOSE SHOES!!!! Great work on the bag, but those SHOES!!!

  • Dutch Cowboy
    Dutch Cowboy 4 hours ago

    You turned an ordinary bag into something very special. Very well done. Howdy from the Netherlands.

  • De La K
    De La K 13 hours ago

    You need some coasters my guy.

  • Kazzin
    Kazzin 15 hours ago

    love this. making the best out of what you have. cool and creative :)

  • Eddie brown
    Eddie brown 16 hours ago

    I think the bag looks nice except where the acetone left the stain in the pooled up look

  • flower flower
    flower flower 17 hours ago

    You should dye it black it is ugly

  • ehsan khan
    ehsan khan 17 hours ago

    Regardless of my preference on whether it looks good. You really do use much too expensive products on sub par items. For large bags it would be more intelligent to use Lexol, even in general. Although Saphir has better marketing and a nice fragrance, all the old school leather workers use lexol because a liquid absorbs better into leather than a cream, and not to mention it is more reasonably priced.

  • JUST CALL ME WEBB
    JUST CALL ME WEBB 18 hours ago

    The bag looks like something Indiana Jones would use.

  • Alex In Wonderland
    Alex In Wonderland 18 hours ago

    Those shoes are beautiful. What brand and style are they? Thanks.

  • johnyisfunny1
    johnyisfunny1 20 hours ago

    You just made that a unique bag some people may even wonder where you purchased it. I love the hard work you put into that. So relaxing

  • Rachel Dali Hug
    Rachel Dali Hug Day ago

    With those shoes, and the watch, the bag looks great!

  • Marcel del Valle

    it turned out great. I don't like leather but id definitely buy that bag

  • NahToday Bobo
    NahToday Bobo Day ago

    Lol! I was taken back when I heard wife, I thought this was a teen using a skill to make money on the side.

  • Savana Moon
    Savana Moon Day ago

    next time you come across this problem you should use the brush strokes from the dye absorbing unevenly to your advantage and make it look like it belongs in an oil painting

  • Keyser Söze
    Keyser Söze Day ago

    Is it for sale in the thrift shop

  • Spunkymunky
    Spunkymunky Day ago

    Your videos are fun. I wouldn't waste my energy on a Kenneth Cole bag. But with old leather bags, I love discolorations...

  • Tina Holster
    Tina Holster Day ago +1

    The value of that bag, “Kennith Cole Reaction” is upwords of 500 usd. Great score for just 7 bucks.

  • Emma Thompson
    Emma Thompson Day ago

    So clever!

  • Me Nu
    Me Nu Day ago

    Preston, where do you live?

  • Ethan Wills
    Ethan Wills 2 days ago

    Your work is beautiful!

  • Gregory Hammond
    Gregory Hammond 2 days ago

    I too would have been happy with not dying it, but kudos for trying.

  • Ashtraygal
    Ashtraygal 2 days ago +1

    I had a mini heart attack when you poured the acetone straight down the bag, not gonna lie.

  • Anecron1
    Anecron1 2 days ago

    Stumbled upon this vid by accident and it feels like a glimpse into a different world. I thought shoes were used to keep your feet warm and as a protection when stepping on broken glass. Guess I had it all backwards...

  • dramatish
    dramatish 2 days ago

    Bad work

  • Joshua Simonsen
    Joshua Simonsen 2 days ago

    next time if you make the weathering less consistent you'll actually get a more consistent look.

  • BadFellas 01
    BadFellas 01 3 days ago

    Is it me or did he just make it look more weathered?

  • Serina Helene Ljung
    Serina Helene Ljung 3 days ago

    I really admire your inventiveness and tenacity with this project. It could have discouraged just about anyone, so I'm really happy to see how you got creative and made the best out of a mishap. I personally really like the almost watercolour like effect of the dyed leather, but that's obviously a matter of preference.

  • AutomaticSelector
    AutomaticSelector 3 days ago

    Maybe you should try spray painting it black. kekw

  • K P
    K P 3 days ago +1

    That is a $2k bag on Rodeo Drive!!!! looks good

  • stvincents2007
    stvincents2007 3 days ago

    Bet that carpet a killer, with a hangover 😂

  • Carboncluster
    Carboncluster 3 days ago

    Looks horrible. As if you skinned a *rotten* corpse and made a bag out of it.

  • Comrade Seb
    Comrade Seb 3 days ago +6

    I think it looked great in the end, personally I don’t like the original light tan color

  • x_minus_1
    x_minus_1 3 days ago

    Saphir needs to make some cream for that dry ass table top 😅 I love your videos. They are very relaxing and informative. My work shoes are looking great!

  • TheLadyTWells
    TheLadyTWells 3 days ago

    You did a great job with the briefcase. I like how you changed the look of it.

  • cesar gutierrez
    cesar gutierrez 3 days ago

    I think It looks higher end now compared to it generic look. Great work 👍🏽

  • Brandie Harris
    Brandie Harris 3 days ago

    If you had just restored the bag and made it look new it would have been boring. I much prefer this aged aesthetic

  • Makial Pryor
    Makial Pryor 3 days ago +10

    I loved the bag, simply because I know nobody else would have one like it. It's my style anyways. I love having things nobody else would either want, or can find.

  • Richard Nance
    Richard Nance 3 days ago

    You ruined your new purse.

  • Erik Treviño
    Erik Treviño 3 days ago

    It came out great 👍

  • Daniel Klassen
    Daniel Klassen 4 days ago

    Wow, I think reliquing stuff is the way to go nowerdays. I absolutely loved the darker tones. Over all I believe I‘d rather go with dark leather

  • Fredrik Dunge
    Fredrik Dunge 4 days ago

    Why didn't the bag take to the dye as it should have? Could you have done things differently before starting to dye to it prevent it had you known the issue?

    • The Elegant Oxford
      The Elegant Oxford  4 days ago +1

      It was the leather. I’ve dyed hundreds of shoes before and I only get this problem with “Genuine” leather goods or cheap leather. Top grain and full grain calf are best.

  • boyENZOH
    boyENZOH 4 days ago +7

    The bag looks great and it looks even better with the shoes

  • jeff10236
    jeff10236 4 days ago

    You say your intention was to dye it its original color. The thing is, it basically was when you were done cleaning it (just a little darker due to patina from age). I do like your end result (I would like it with certain outfits, not as an everyday briefcase), but I liked it post-cleaning pre-dye job better. That all said, I have this bag in the darker brown and really like it. I think it was as good a choice as any for the price ($133 right now on Amazon, I don't remember what I paid around 6 years ago). The original color patinas nicely, and it is a nice soft leather (according to Kenneth Cole it is full grain leather, but at the price I kind of doubt it). I use mine daily and it has held up very well. It sounds like you restored the bag to keep it, I think you'll be happy with it.

  • Chuck R
    Chuck R 4 days ago +2

    That bag ended up looking really sharp. Do you think in the future when using dye it would be better to start somewhere like under the flap or the bottom of the bag in the event it doesn't work out so you can just hide the spot?

  • Enzo N.
    Enzo N. 4 days ago

    Amazing 👍 Great job 👏 ciao

  • notmyrealname
    notmyrealname 4 days ago +1

    What thrift shops are people shopping at!? I never see anything worthwhile in the ones near me

    • The Elegant Oxford
      The Elegant Oxford  4 days ago

      It depends on how high traffic your city is. San Diego has endless treasure.

  • Edwin Clairmonte
    Edwin Clairmonte 4 days ago

    Hope I like it, I love it
    You’re awesome
    #shineyourshoes😎

  • James Johnson
    James Johnson 4 days ago

    Looks well with the outfit, man! Was cringing the whole time but you pulled it off.

  • sparkplug964
    sparkplug964 4 days ago

    You can sell that in London fro £500 no problem.

  • MrPimmus
    MrPimmus 5 days ago

    Thats the worst patina job I have ever seen, and what a waste of products.

    The fact that the dye doesnt soak is because you didnt clean the bag right. Next time begin stripping the bag with stripper and leave your second step out of the story, its ridiculous to nourish the leather before soaking it in acetone removing all the products you just used.

    You clearly don't have a clue how these products work. You didn't even do the sides of the bag. And that for a guy who''s motto is the small details matter most..

  • Jeremy Tome
    Jeremy Tome 5 days ago

    Hi, thanks for this video. Any suggestion on removing conveyor belt grease from light brown leather?

  • Barvi Barv
    Barvi Barv 5 days ago

    Чем ты брызгаешь?

  • Dawnpainterz
    Dawnpainterz 5 days ago +1

    I love this, it's something I could see myself buying. Though I'm a creative type that loves old patinaed things. I think of it this way, you gave character and story to a bland, discarded bag.

  • Edward Littlefield
    Edward Littlefield 5 days ago

    Looks good!

  • Cherylynn Lima
    Cherylynn Lima 5 days ago +1

    Where are you thrift shopping

  • whittkatt
    whittkatt 5 days ago

    I love it. Excellent save!

  • Aly CMilan
    Aly CMilan 5 days ago

    Love your videos, I 'm to star shining shoes need to pay some important things, my dad show me, give me some hints thanks ,from Puerto Rico. Thanks

  • TheDeluche
    TheDeluche 5 days ago +11

    that bag is straight out of indiana jones man!

    • Matthew Wiles
      Matthew Wiles 17 hours ago

      TheDeluche , I seriously thought I was going to be the only one to think this.

  • Cur Capsicum
    Cur Capsicum 5 days ago +3

    This actually looks fantastic hahah.