Real leather is a natural product. It breathes, it’s warm and has individual characteristics which are the natural charm and beauty of hide. As a natural product however, it will often display traces of the animal’s past life, such as brand marks, wrinkles, veins, healed scars and differing bre density. These hallmarks in no way detract from the wearing qualities of leather; they are the signs that discerning owners cherish when buying leather. With the passage of time and normal use, it develops a patina which enhances its natural beauty.
In all cases, try not to over-exposure your bag to sunlight and heat to prevent the bags from de-coloring and dehydration.
It must be remembered that at least ten hides are required to make a suite. No two hides are identical and due to variation
in grain structure as mentioned above, the dyes and nishes penetrate to different degrees into the various parts of the
hide to give attractive variations. Whilst every attempt is made to achieve uniformity, this is not always possible. Because each hide is unique in itself, patterns and colour samples should always be regarded as no more than a guide.
Split leather bags
Our small hard leather bags are made out of split leather which is the lower layer of the cow hide. You don’t have to prepare our small hard leather bags with any gel, spray or protection, this might cause damage to the fragile exterieur.
How to clean split leather?
Dampen a lint-free cloth with cool water and wipe the split leather clean. Start from the top of the leather and wipe — do not rub — while moving downward. Refrain from saturating it; then let everything air-dry. Buff it with a lint-free cloth dampened with leather cleaner and conditioner.
Soft leather bags
You don’t have to prepare our soft leather bags with any specific gel, spray or protection, this might cause damage to the fragile exterieur.
How to clean soft leather?
Testing the leather you’re working with to make sure it can handle the cleaner you’re using will save you the headache of damaged leather. Test an area of the leather that is hidden, so any mistakes won’t be visible afterward. Rub a small dot of the cleaner you’re using on a hidden spot to make sure it doesn’t remove any of the leather’s color or damage the material. If it is good to go, you can continue cleaning all of the leather. If the cleaner is too harsh, test different cleaners until you find one that works.
Gentle hand soaps are one of the best materials to use when cleaning soft leather. Use a wet rag and drip a few drops of hand soap onto the rag, then rub the cloth against itself to cause the soap to foam up. Rub this rag over the dirty spot on the leather until it begins to lift the stains or dirt. Next dampen a second rag and rub this over the soaped-up area of the leather, to remove any soap residue sitting on the material. Rub a dry rag over this spot to remove any excess water and help the leather dry.
All leathers should be conditioned after cleaning, which just means adding some moisture to help it retain its smooth finish. You can use a number of items for the conditioning process, but olive oil is a good natural conditioner that most people already have on hand. Rub a small amount of olive oil over the treated area of the soft leather and let it sit, don’t wipe it away. Do this every time you clean the leather for the best results.