Buying a leather bag is always an investment; they never go out of style and when looked after correctly, they can withstand the test of time. As all of the bags here at Vintage Child are genuine leather, we decided to put together some simple tips and tricks to help you keep your bag looking brand new.
Storing your bag
Try to make sure you store your bag stuffed, as this will help hold it in shape. Also, if you are planning on storing your bag for an extended period of time undo all the clips and buckles. This will prevent unwanted creases and dents forming in the leather.
The environment which your bag is stored is vital. An area too hot will cause the leather to sweat and too much sun exposure over time can change the colour and make it dry, so if possible keep it in a cool, dry and dark place. Elements like high humidity cannot be helped, so if this is a worry of yours it may be worth investing in some silica gel beads, as this will absorb any extra moisture.
Cleaning and Conditioning
Our bags are designed to look and feel vintage and have a classically worn finish, so they will all wear well with age and you don’t need to worry too much about the odd bump as this will only add to your bag’s individual character.
Wiping a soft, slightly dampened cloth over the leather every once in a while will wipe away everyday dirt that will build up on the surface. There are also leather cleaning products you can buy if you needed something a little more. These should be applied in circular motions then wiped off with a damp cloth, as to not clog the materials pores.
Keeping your leather supple and soft is easily achievable with a leather conditioner. These products vary from wax and cream to oils and balm. Despite which one you choose, you should always test the product on a small area first and leave for 24 hours. This just makes sure the product you have chosen doesn’t react badly with the leather in any way.
We hope this helps!