North East handbag clinic expands as demand increases

North East handbag clinic expands as demand increases

Handbag Clinic, a North East based handbag restoration and repairs clinic, has significantly expanded its repair workshop to cope with an increased demand for its high-end services.

The firm, who have cleaned and restored bags worth more than half a million pounds from the world’s most prestigious designers, has expanded the floor space of its repair centre in Burnopfield, County Durham, by 15% to 3,800 sq ft.

The past 12 months have seen the firm’s restoration experts return 6,500 handbags, worth an estimated £550,000, back to their former glory. Alongside this, Handbag Clinic offers an additional service which promises to restore the famous red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes.

As well as the expansion, the firm have further invested in high-level security facilities to ensure customers’ designer accessories are fully protected.

Handbag Clinic’s expansion has also resulted in a recruitment drive which has seen one new handbag buyer and three apprentices joining the firm in the last few weeks, along with a goal to employ two new members of staff every month.

Despite a recent global report by consultancy company, Bain and Co, suggesting that demand slowed in 2015 for the global luxury goods market, now worth more than £700bn, in comparison with 2014, Handbag Clinic’s steady expansion shows no sign of slowing.

MD Ben Staerck said: “We needed increased workspace to make sure we have the capacity to deal with a soaring demand for our specialist services.

“We’re finding that while customers may not be buying a new Hermés Kelly or a Celine Phantom, they are either coming to us to source a pre-loved bag or they are giving their existing accessories a bit of TLC.”

Research published yesterday from the latest official PRODCOM Report from the ONS by Santander Corporate and Commercial revealed that the manufacture of luggage, handbags and saddlery is the fastest growing UK manufacturing sector, up 54% year-on-year and is worth £205 million. You can find out more information by viewing the article here