Thursday, May 7, 2009

Denim Dye Transfer

One of the most common problems we see is the inadvertent transfer of dye from denim to handbags and accessories. I was recently interviewed and questioned by In Style Magazine about just this topic. I was very excited to discuss this topic due to how often it occurs. Women need to be made aware and take precaution with denim. The article ran in March and is available as a pdf to print (In Style PDF) for your use or you can read the summary here.

  1. All is not necessarily lost. Often fabric, leather and suede bags can be remedied. Patent leather and PVC are generally not successful.
  2. The problem is with the indigo dye in the denim not the handbag or accessory.
  3. There is no way to affix the dye to the denim. The denim must be cleaned and re cleaned until the last remnants of the fugitive dye is removed. This can take up to eight or more cleanings.
My overall recommendation is be VERY careful with denim when carrying an accessory. Test that the denim doesn't experience crocking with a white cloth before taking any chances.