I’ve found a hidden gem I just had to share with you, Occhicone Fine Leather Goods in Portchester, NY.

I’m a big believer in sharing the knowledge when you find someone who is amazing at their craft.  Recommendations on services are the best, a recommendation on a great small business, even better.

I recently took the plunge and purchased a beautiful Tory Burch bag for the fall.  You can kind of see it in the picture below.  I’ve never had a suede bag, so beyond protecting it with a spray, I did nothing and took no precautions.

What was once a beautifully gleaming bag, quickly turned into something I wanted throw in the back of my closet.  And when I say quickly, I mean within weeks.  Just to express how much I loved this bag, I was sure to prop it up when I wasn’t using it and usually  had it facing me so I could admire it :)

I noticed, actually the day in the photo, that there was a mark on the suede.  We were at the Big E that day and at the “as seen on tv” tent, there was a suede cleaner demonstration.  I let the them try to clean it, but it only seemed to make it worse.  I didn’t want to touch it anymore and figured I’d have to live with it.

In retrospect that was nothing.  On a NYC trip the following week, I had on a new pair of dark denim jeans…by days end, the majority of my bag was covered in blue dye!!!!! @*#%!  Really?!?

In desperation I called the store where I purchased the bag, they recommended Occhicone Fine Leather Goods in Portchester, NY.  Okay, not really in my neighborhood, but a quick check of the distance and it’s easily 15 minutes off and back onto the highway when I’m driving to Manhattan.

When I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the scent of leather.  It brought me back to Ava & Chloe’s dancing days when we would visit the little old man in the Capezio store to have their K360′s custom made.  For me, it’s the smell of a true craftsman.

Well I certainly wasn’t in Kansas anymore!  A line of women with the finest leather goods, shoes, handbags and belts.  I heard stories of dog damage, lovingly worn favorite shoes and everything in between.  You can tell it’s a family business upon first site beyond the counter.  An older man and women, with obvious support staff, but you can tell this is their passion.  Upon my turn, I too told my sob story.  10 days until I can see the results.

I wasn’t disappointed, they did an amazing job with what I gave them.  No more remnants of the blue dye aside from a more dull suede.  Since that went so well, I gave them a pair of leather Ugg boots that were ready for the garbage.  They said, no problem, we’ll resole them and clean them up.  For $50, well worth the salvage.

So, if you’re anywhere in the area and you’re in need of a leather repair or handmade leather goods, which they also sell, please visit.  You won’t regret it.