What a Purse Repair Specialist Wants You to Stop Doing to Your Bags

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Your handbags are investments. You paid a pretty penny to bring home a beautiful bag built with high-quality materials to make a timeless addition to your wardrobe and last for years of use. Yet despite our best intentions, we often find ourselves damaging our prized possessions—scratching box-calf exteriors, breaking straps, spilling things that stain, and getting caught in the rain with pieces that are far from water resistant.

To make sure your handbags last for as long as you want to wear them, there are specific habits to avoid. We reached out to an expert on the subject, Smbat "Sam" Bedrossian, owner of Fast & Best shoe repair in L.A., who takes in and repairs damaged handbags for a living (and is the trusted specialist of many a Who What Wear staffer). He shared his biggest tips for caring for your handbag as well as the major things to avoid to keep from damaging your investments.

Keep scrolling to see the top five no-nos when it comes to caring for your handbags, as well as the rest of Bedrossian's advice.