All of us have a leather bag somewhere at home. But not all of us have given it a lot of thoughts on how the bag we carry can define us or, what we want it to look like in years to come. So, it’s probably a good time to take note of a few things that’s worthy of your time when it comes to caring for your leather bag. (Well, this is a long one, so stay with us!)
Leather is one of the oldest materials used to make bags. Though the recent introduction of vegan leather from PU synthetics and other non-animal-based materials are making its way into the market, the original leather still remains the main option for many people. There’re more than 20 types of hides that are used to make leather goods and accessories, but most are still cattle skin. It is important to know the leather type as it will also determine what you can do or treat your leather bag given its characteristics
Understand if the leather bag is made of leather that’s highly absorbent or otherwise. Absorbent leather such as open-pored leather, aniline leather, suede and nubuck will see darkening of colour on the surface once water gets through into the leather fibre. Avoid using these types of leather in bad weather condition. As it’s more sensitive, you need to test all the treatments on your bag in a discrete area before working on full-scale as they can be easily damaged if treated incorrectly.
Whether leather is stored in tanneries or as an end-product in our home, it is important to take note of how we shelve the leather bag. Each leather type has elasticity or softness that react to a certain level of moisture in the air. You want to make sure that the storage area for your leather bag be at about 15-20 degree-celsius and with a relatively humidity level of about 50 to 70%. If humidity is too high and without sufficient air ventilation, the leather bag can become mouldy.
A high-quality and well-cared leather bag is durable and will last for years, looking refined with age. Just remember not to over-fill your leather bags because once it goes out of shape, it will not spring back to its original form easily.
Here are also 7 do-not’s when it comes to maintaining your bags
So, now go get some good care for your leather bag. Questions? Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.