Repairs & Restorations

From beloved canes, leather goods, walking sticks and umbrellas to headwear for all sorts of occasions, Swaine Adeney Brigg's world-renowned restoration service is always on hand and ready to serve.

Swaine Adeney Brigg pieces are of the finest quality and make use of the best materials, with time-tested traditional methods, and finished by hand in England. Perfected with passion over the centuries, it is with master craftsmen and their superior knowledge, that the oldest name in luxury goods can offer full restorations and repairs of any piece—from the company or otherwise—to clients both old and new.


Swaine Adeney Leather Goods

Swaine Adeney maintains that its priority is to uphold the enduring character of its leather goods, and use may continue for many years after its service. Whilst the aspiration of restoring one’s item to appear like-new after the fact is commendable, the patina that tells the tales of its travels shall remain the same.

All leather products come with Swaine Adeney leather feed, the application of which should be once a month, preventing the leather from becoming dry and maintaining waterproofing. If the leather should become too dry, there is a risk of it cracking, and from there, a higher risk of it tearing.

Therefore Swaine Adeney recommends that all leather goods be cleaned, fed, stained, and polished during service in the Cambridge workshop. The perfected process by its master craftsmen of heating the leather beforehand is essential for the longevity of one’s investment.

Swaine Adeney will colour match leather with 99% accuracy if replacement leather is required. Regarding fittings, Swaine Adeney will replace in-kind or with approved recommendations.

Natural differences in replaced leather may occur due to the age of leather in question.

Enquire in-store and online for further information.


Brigg Umbrellas

If your umbrella is not a Brigg umbrella, there is always a risk that we will not have suitable fittings for its repair. If this is the case we will do our best to offer you a substitute that will be approved by you before the restoration starts, or in some cases we will not be able to carry out the repair at all.

As standard we are not able to repair any automatic umbrellas.
If you own a very old Brigg umbrella, we may find that your original frame may not match our current frame sizes. If this is the case, we will offer you our new frame with further information for your approval. Please note that this will mean you will also need a replacement canopy to fit the new style frame. 

If you have any further questions please email referencing Umbrella Repairs

Herbert Johnson Hats

Our skilled hatters will exercise utmost care in processing items entrusted to them and use such processes that they will feel are best suited to the nature and condition of each item.  Nevertheless, our hatters cannot assume responsibility for inherent weaknesses of or defects in materials that are not readily apparent prior to processing.  This applies particularly, but not exclusively to, fur felts, wool felts, felt blends, suedes, leathers, hatbands or any other accoutrements attached to the items to be cleaned, blocked or repaired.  Please be aware that wear and age can affect the suitability of a hat and its components for repair and may not be discovered as such until the process of repair is underway.
Should an item or component perish during repair processes we can, if appropriate, quote for replacement of said perished component with new or alternatively we reserve the right to halt repair and return the item.
Our hatters will use reasonable efforts to try to ensure that cleaning, blocking, repair or other hat related work is maintained at a high level of quality.
Herbert Johnson accepts no liability for damage due to normal wear and tear or shrinkage during cleaning and drying of said hats. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee removal of all stains when carrying out cleaning.
We cannot guarantee against damage of weak and perished felts, fabrics, leather and components when undergoing repair processes. We also ask each customer to please determine whether they can accept the risks and therefore the potential loss of any item sent into us for repair.
If you have any further questions please email referencing Hat Repairs.