How to care for your handmade leather bag in five 5 steps.

by Fabrizio Giuliani March 16, 2015

 

Handmade Leather Duffel Bag

When you receive one of our  great leather bags like our duffel you have a choice. Either try to speed up that aged look or try and protect your bag from signs of tear and wear that will mark your bag. Either way, there are a few tips you should  follow no matter what look you prefer.  

 

1. Open the box, admire, take a few minutes to treat it.

Goat leather is naturally water-resistant and your bag has already been treated with Renapur by the time it reaches your shores. A little polish however, will bring it back up and add little extra protection. If you wanna insulate it further use bee's wax  

2. Give it a good cleaning twice a year.
Some oil is good and will bring out the leather’s natural creases and that beautiful darkened faded look. But a leather bag needs to be cleaned every so often so the patina is truly the leather breaking in, not buildup. Two times a year use a leather cleaner and then re-apply the conditioner.

3. Be hands-on with your bag.
If you want to achieve that kind of aged look straight away without having to wait for a year. Lay your bag on a flat surface and then, starting from the bottom, roll it up. Reroll starting from a different side of the bag, then, turn it inside out and roll it again. 

4. Have a plan in case of ink/red wine/lip balm/etc. emergencies.
There are some things even pretreated leather can’t fight. If you were unlucky enough to spill something on your bag, either embrace the stain as a memory of  great night/day or bring it to a leather worker specialist that can treat it for you. Do not use soap as it can't penetrate the leather and will make matters worse.

5. Accept that how you care for your bag is how it will look.
The previous tips will slow down the aging process, but a bag that’s often tossed onto the street bus or subway will return the favour by looking haggard. Show a little extra love toward your bag, and it’ll show you a little extra love right back. 





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