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The Fendi Skirt Dilemma

May 31st, 2010

Dear Readers,
I am having a bit of a fashion emergency. I can’t believe this is happening to me and I need your help and suggestions!
I wore my Fendi green leather high-waisted skirt out with friends a couple of weeks ago and got alcohol stains all over it. People were just knocking their drinks left and right and I ended up with some spots on my skirt.
I thought it was no big deal, so I waited until now to bring my skirt to my cleaners. But since the skirt is green, cleaners are hesitant to clean it in fear that the color will run. The leather is from Italy and was specially dyed and cured for Fendi’s workshops. Italian leather is known for its quality and no one wants to process the leather using any chemicals or cleaning solutions because of the risks involved.

In the end, once they realized they were dealing with alcohol stains, they refused to clean my skirt. They said if they clean it, the process will ruin the softness of the leather. They suggested sending the skirt back to Fendi. I called Fendi, and they said there is nothing they can do about it.

At this point, I’m clueless: I don’t know what to do! The skirt is gorgeous and I just hate looking at it with all the stains on it. If you have any suggestion please HELP!

The Fendi skirt:

Las Vegas

With Hanh @ Nobu

With friends at the Joule hotel

Here is my baby with alcohol stains all over :-(

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  1. May 31st, 2010 at 22:18 | #1

    OH NO!!!!!! I hope you find a solution!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that skirt on you.

  2. May 31st, 2010 at 22:25 | #2

    @Prêt à Porter P
    Thanks sweetie! I hope you’re doing well!

  3. May 31st, 2010 at 23:32 | #3

    Hi Nini!
    Oh no.. this is truly tragical. I can imagine how you feel when you have a very special piece in your closet which you love …
    I had some silly stains on my Chloe horse dress, my dry cleaner here was not able to clean it also the brown colors where faded. By chance I heard about Madame Paulette and so I sent the dress to them, a few weeks later I received my dress back in.. I still can´t believe it… perfect condition. They were even able to remove the faded stains around the horses.

  4. May 31st, 2010 at 23:42 | #4

    Oh no!! I wish I had some suggestions! :( I really hope that you can find a way to clean the skirt, it is absolutely beautiful and you look fabulous in it!

  5. ognaed
    May 31st, 2010 at 23:48 | #5

    You should send the skirt to Madame Paulette in New York, here is the link to the website:

  6. June 1st, 2010 at 00:19 | #6

    I love that skirt! I hear Madame Paulette AND Meurice Garment Care in NY are both fantastic!!! Try it!


  7. June 1st, 2010 at 00:29 | #7

    Try a leathet shoe cleaner…

  8. June 1st, 2010 at 00:46 | #8

    Oh, no! Such an amazing and unique piece! I hate it when such things happen!
    Hopefully someone knows what to do!

  9. June 1st, 2010 at 07:47 | #9

    The first pic is insane! woooooooooooooooooow!


  10. June 1st, 2010 at 08:05 | #10

    You may hate this suggestion, but you could dye it another color. I mean, if you can’t get out the stains, and you like the structure of the skirt – give it new life by dying it. I did that with a Hermes bag I had – my husband spilled beer all over it in London – I dyed it black & use it all the time. It’s a thought… The green is beautiful, but ….

  11. June 1st, 2010 at 09:38 | #11

    atleast its not thatttt noticeable! wish i could help you out, good luck!!

  12. June 1st, 2010 at 09:38 | #12

    atleast its not thatttt noticeable! wish i could help you out, good luck!!

  13. June 1st, 2010 at 09:51 | #13

    How beautiful can one woman be?

  14. Yippiegirl
    June 1st, 2010 at 10:28 | #14

    I don’t have a leather skirt with a stain, but I have had aniline dyed leather furniture with stains before. I would recommend looking into a leather furniture specialist since they are familiar with leather, dyes and stains. I know leather is much more durable than most of us think and the stains can be cleaned by someone, I am sure. Look online for leather cleaners in your area. It may cost a bit, but if you are in love with the skirt it would be worth it. If you do not want to go to all that trouble, I can recommend a very great pH neutral leather conditioner called Lex-all. It is for saddles and horse tack, but my leather cleaner suggested it for our aniline dyed furniture to condition it and help with stains. Good luck. Yippiegirl

  15. Tania
    June 1st, 2010 at 11:02 | #15

    I agree … if no cleaner will touch it including the ones people have listed above, dye it a darker color. Black would be the most obvious choice, but maybe someone could do a great deep purple or almost-black green.

    It brings up a question, too: Is there a treatment for leather that you can apply to protect it, before anything spills?

  16. June 1st, 2010 at 12:01 | #16

    Try to find a leather cleaning specialist and see what they say. Most good dry-cleaners send the leather out a specialist anyway. And yes, dying may be the only option in the end. Good luck!

    xx Persephone

  17. June 1st, 2010 at 12:46 | #17

    I had this happen to a leather skirt of mine [it wasn’t as high quality as Fendi, but I still paid a pretty penny for it] being from a farm I instantly thought of saddle cleaner??? Have you tried it? Defiantly try it in a small area first wear it wouldn’t be seen, because I know with certain colours of leather it can discolour it! My skirt was a deep purple and it didn’t do anything but I used a super small amount of it! Hope this helps!!!


  18. Dee
    June 1st, 2010 at 14:30 | #18

    Hi Nini

    Sorry to hear about your skirt but as others have mentioned Madame Paulette is the way to go! It’s rather on the pricey side but considering the worth of the skirt and it being an investment piece it’s definitely worth the price! A girlfriend of mine found a vintage Dior gown at a consignment shop which was completely torn and stained everywhere 100 times worse than your skirt. She paid 150$ for the dress and about 500$ in repairs but in total was still much cheaper than buying a new wedding dress. Hope they can help you!

  19. June 1st, 2010 at 14:31 | #19

    Hey girl!

    This are really bad news. I loveeeeeeeed this skirt and all the outfits you made with it. I don’t know how should I help you. I will ask my mum and grandma if they know how to get these spots out, it sounds silly but they really have a lot of experiences with this kind of mass.

    Take care girl<3



  20. June 1st, 2010 at 15:11 | #20

    Nini it’s now time to reinvent that fly Fendi skirt to one just for you… Dye it black! I know you love the color and so do I but this way you will still be able to keep the skirt. It fit’s you to amazing!

  21. Lizbeth
    June 1st, 2010 at 15:44 | #21

    If it can be fixed, Madame Paulette will fix it. Seriously. It will be pricey though but if it’s worth it to you, they’re the best!

  22. Melissa
    June 1st, 2010 at 17:34 | #22

    I hope that you can repair this beautiful skirt! It is such a beautiful piece of clothing to have in your collection and looks absolutely stunning on you. Madame Paulette seems like the best solution. Good luck!

  23. Ann
    June 1st, 2010 at 19:59 | #23

    Mail it to Madame Paulette in New York. They will charge you a fortune, but they do the best work. I think that they will charge you at least $300.00. You could also call Hallak Cleaners in New York, but they are more known for bags. See if some of your designer friends can give you a discount card for Madame Paulette. I had one for 15% off. It may be cheaper for you to buy a new skirt at an outlet or on outnet.com than to get it repaired. Fendi at Woodbury Commons usually has tons of leather and it’s usually heavily discounted. Good luck. I’m super sorry.

  24. June 1st, 2010 at 22:11 | #24

    I love that skirt! So gorgeous! I am so sorry about the stains…

  25. June 1st, 2010 at 22:32 | #25

    Ugh. I hate it when that happens.

    Yes, Madame Paulette can work some small miracles. However, they truly are quite expensive (eg $125 to dry clean a simple silk dress for me!) and I find that their knowledge of leather isn’t all that great.

    What season is this skirt? Could it be a semi-treated nappa (one of Fendi’s fave leathers). If so, there’s very little you can do. I would suggest emailing Barb at LovinMyBag — she’s a wonderful resource for reviving leather goods and her knowledge of all types of leathers is astounding, as well as her ability to match any color and retain the texture and consistency of any leather in her dying process. She’s done wonders for many of my bags, from caviar to agneau to chevre to lambskin. She’s a godsend!

    DO NOT use saddle cleaner! Most saddle cleaners will deposit oil into the leather and is meant for the chewier type hides, such as Hermes’ vache or barenia.

    Keep us updated and good luck!

  26. June 2nd, 2010 at 00:03 | #26

    Sorry to hear about the skirt. You looked gorgeous in it. Good luck.

  27. June 2nd, 2010 at 01:25 | #27

    Omg this is such a tragedy!! I have no idea how you can get the stains out, but please do let us know if any of the suggestions given here end up working!

  28. June 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 | #28

    Oh no Nini thats so bad :-(
    I can’t believe Fendi can’t help, most other houses such as Chanel will fix anything for you!
    I would try the suggestions above for Madame Paulette, or a good leather specialist.
    Please let us know how yo get on, and good luck honey xx

  29. NatDreyzner
    June 2nd, 2010 at 13:50 | #29

    ok you guys! i have an idea.
    but it is a VERY expensive one…

    i say, send the skirt to a pattern maker and get a pattern made. then make the skirt in EVERY color!
    i love this chic, timelessly sexy skirt!

  30. O
    June 2nd, 2010 at 16:49 | #30

    That is SO sad, I’ve ALWAYS loved this skirt. It is so flattering and the color is to die for. I am not surprised that they wouldn’t clean it — I had a fendi spy bag where the handles came undone & they refused to even look at it. Good luck.

  31. cosi
    June 2nd, 2010 at 19:52 | #31

    I’m surprised Fendi won’t help you. A friend of mine had stains all over a Michael Kors dress and no cleaner would touch for fear of the red color running. She mailed it to Michael Kors in New York and they cleaned and returned it to her with no charge. I would try Fendi again –perhaps speak to a manager?

  32. June 2nd, 2010 at 22:31 | #32

    I have no clue what to do but I must say you look awesome in the skirt! What a fierce piece to have!

    clothes are cute
    clothes are cute

  33. Ann
    June 4th, 2010 at 21:31 | #33

    Fendi does do repairs at it’s New York store, but for something like this they would probably send it out. Most of these high end cleaners will tell you if they can’t fix it. I would call the Fendi outlets and ask them if this piece too. Life may be easier by just finding buying a replacement. My other concern is that this stain has set. Whatever you plan to do, it’s best to make a decision soon

  34. Hege
    June 5th, 2010 at 15:10 | #34

    I love this skirt and you looked gregorius.

  35. June 6th, 2010 at 19:19 | #35

    So sorry to hear this–it’s such a stunning skirt. I have to say that this post has given me the idea to dye a Bottega Veneta tote that I have that is pretty dingy now (it was originally white). I’ll let you know how that goes. What have you decided to do about the skirt?

    June 10th, 2010 at 12:28 | #36
  37. June 21st, 2010 at 18:46 | #37

    I am selling this exact FENDI “GONNA NAPPA DARWIN” skirt on ebay, NEW and tags attached. 6days left! Size 40. Visit my store http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270597059484&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

  38. June 23rd, 2010 at 08:43 | #38

    I love this skirt and you looked gregorius.

  39. Melody
    December 22nd, 2011 at 01:31 | #39

    I’m so late to this post, but the ONLY place to have sent this would have been to Superior Leather Restorers in NYC. They have worked the most amazing leather miracles for me. Everything from leather stains to abrasions and worse!

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