HOW TO CLEAN

  • The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question.
  • Remember the hardware. Some bags have precious metal-plated buckles or chains. Always ask the boutique assistant for care recommendations.
  • Every other day, give your bag a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth—this won’t take more than a few minutes, but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather.

HOW TO CONDITION

  • Think of conditioning as moisturizer for your leather, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a dollop of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over.
  • Try mink or neatsfoot oil, which simulate and supplement the natural oils of leather.  Leave on for 10 minutes, then wipe off the excess. Dry thoroughly in an airy room.
  • Condition every month or so to keep your leather looking its shiny best.

HOW TO WEATHERPROOF

  • Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favorite Givenchy Nightingale in bad weather. Nonetheless, there are beeswax creams which function as a barrier against water.
  • Word of caution: beeswax may alter the hue of dyed leather, so test first on an inconspicuous corner.
  • A more breathable but less effective alternative: a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags.

HOW TO STORE

  • Stash your bag in its original dustbag and fill it with stuffing—use butter paper, never newspaper, which will smear— to maintain its shape.
  • Keep the dustbagged product in its original box, along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn’t get damp.
  • Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold.
  • Rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag will wear it out, so switch things up every month.

SOME FINAL TIPS

  • Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause the skin to crinkle beyond salvage.
  • Prevent color transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans. Bring it back to the boutique immediately if your bag gets stained.

 

 

 

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