This wound up being a rush order to get in the mail before we left for PAX (tomorrow morning) so I can label it "Mission Accomplished" on all objectives! The client owned a luxury purse strap from one of those big brands. I'm not so sure if I should name which one but they've just started throwing their ads over YouTube so there's there. In any case, the point where the strap anchored to the purse snapped a few weeks ago. This particular line of straps had been discontinued and the client was trying to find a replacement.
Fortunately for me this style is numbskull simple. They'd used some really unconventional dimensions which made finding a replacement buckle pretty challenging. Once the client was able to send me the original, busted strap that became a non-issue. I was able to match the dimensions exactly and got pretty darn close on the color. The buckle and keepers are still the originals. The biggest difference is that I beveled the edges and did a thorough job of staining and conditioning. It looks to me like the luxury brand assembles the straps and then gives them a light treatment with some neatsfoot oil or something similar. I'm pretty unimpressed for what they apparently charge.