Care & Cleaning


 

From handbags and backpacks to Satchels and Messenger bags, we want you to enjoy your leather goods for a lifetime. From the moment they are made, until they arrive in your arms, they need to be cared for properly.

By taking time to care for your leather, you will uphold the value and maintain the appearance of your most treasured pieces.

Everyday Care

Looking after your leather goods starts with day-to-day care. By following just a few simple rules, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear and extend the life of your accessories for years:

Leather is a skin, and it can stretch. Avoid overfilling your handbag, backpack or Messenger bag to maintain its original silhouette

Take extra care with leather items you use often. Take the time each week to wipe away dust and spots with a soft cloth or brush

Scratches can detract from a flawlessly crafted piece. Take care to avoid contact with heavily embellished clothes, sharp surfaces, or chunky jewellery when you are out and about.

Wet leather requires extra care, so if rain is forecast, remember to take an umbrella

Storage

You may be asking yourself how should I store my handbags? Storing your leather appropriately is one of the easiest ways you can prevent damage and maintain a high-quality finish:

Store leather away from direct sunlight as this can cause fading

Store handbags in a dust bag to avoid scratches

Avoid using plastic bags, they prevent good ventilation

Store leather away from artificial sources of heat, e.g. radiators can cause leather to dry and crack 

Polishing leather, for instance, maintains its original shine. This process is ideal for high gloss, formal or eveningwear accessories which you would like to keep in pristine condition. You may prefer, however, to allow more casual, functional pieces such as duffel bags or hobo bags to weather and develop their own unique characteristics. In this case, regular dusting and a simple wipe with a damp cloth from time to time will certainly suffice.

Maintenance

Leather is loved for its visual nuances; varying textures, delicate shifts in tone, slowly developing patinas and subtle signs of a life well-loved. When working with such a versatile and multi-faceted material, the maintenance choices you make can shape the appearance of your leather goods for years to come; allowing you to truly tailor them to your individual style.

Polishing leather, for instance, maintains its original shine. This process is ideal for high gloss, formal or eveningwear accessories which you would like to keep in pristine condition. You may prefer, however, to allow more casual, functional pieces such as duffel bags or hobo bags to weather and develop their own unique characteristics. In this case, regular dusting and a simple wipe with a damp cloth from time to time will certainly suffice.

Smooth, fine and patent leathers will benefit from a soft leather cream to nourish, hydrate and preserve their supple qualities. Gentle creams and conditioners may also be used to remove light scratches. Where bright colours are concerned, polish can be used to spot buff scratches and scuffs, while specialist colour restoring balms are ideal for a full rejuvenation.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Leather Goods

Do’s

  • Do regularly clean leather with a soft brush or cloth
  • Do regularly air out leather
  • Do blot away water or moisture as soon as possible
  • Do dry wet leather naturally, away from artificial heat
  • Do keep leather supple with a specialised leather conditioner every 3-6 months
  • Do clean spots and stains with a mixture of soap flakes and warm water
  • Do use a steam cleaner to disinfect and remove build up from regular use
  • Do test any conditioners, cleaners, polishes or wax in a hidden spot beforehand

 Don’ts

  • Don't machine wash leather
  • Don't get leather wet wherever possible
  • Don't dry wet leather next to a radiator or with a hairdryer
  • Don't tumble dry leather
  • Don't iron leather
  • Don't immerse leather in water to clean