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Thursday, January 21, 2010

TIPS ON HOW TO PROLONG YOUR DESIGNER LEATHER GOODS



Nicole Ricci with white Balenciaga

Have you ever had a mouldy leather designer bag after keeping it too long in the storage?
I bet at least you heard about it before...
Did you experience colour transfer form your denim to your favourite bag?
I know it really hurts when you experience this....

So.... here are some tips that you can help you to prolong your designers leather goods,
not only bags but even shoes and jackets!

When you purchase the goods, get to know what kind of leather that you are getting.
Most of us do ask about the material but knowing it deeper is a great knowledge.

There are a few kinds of leather / skins which are being used for a high end products.
Here are the beakdown of commonly used leather in the luxury industries:

1. CALF LEATHER
  • Rigid
  • Structured
  • Uneven grains (depends on the finishings)
  • Usually used to make wallets / tote bags
  • Very durable
2. LAMB SKIN
  • Soft
  • Usually dyed but has unfinished coating.
  • Smooth (Very fine grains)
  • Fluffy
  • Moderate scratches visibility

3. DEER SKIN
  • Light weight
  • Soft
  • Supple
  • Prone to scratches
  • Easily peeled due to abrasions
MAINTAINANCE:
  • NEVER LET WATER TOUCHES YOUR BAG! (Basic for all kinds of leather)
  • Use leather balm / moisturiser cream at least two months, once!
  • Apply a thin layer of balm on a soft, white cloth. Rub in circular motion till the balm / moisturiser is fully absorbed in the leather. By doing this, your are putting moisture to your leather goods. Leather are like human skin, we need to moisturise them. By not doing so, the bag WILL start to AGE! Thus this will cause cracks!
  • Air the bag in room tempreature. Just unzip / unbutton the bag for half an hour after you balm the bag for ventilation.
  • Keep the stuffings for the bags. This will maintain its shape.
  • Always use the provided cloth bags when storage.
  • DO NOT USE DEHUMIDIFIER. Eg "Thirsty Hippo" etc. in the bag storage area as this will somehow cause the leather to crack.
CROCS & PHYTHON

These are the most expensive leather that you could find in the high-ends. I would advise those whom actually own this material to send back to the boutique for professional advice.
DO NOT ATEMPT CLEANING IT ON YOUR OWN!!!!

COLOUR TRANSFER

Please note that there is no way that you could get the colour off the leather.
Even the professional cleaners will not be able to do the dry-clean to its peak condition.

The only way to prevent this, I advise is to avoid using light colour bags with dark denim.
It is alright to use denim with dark colour bags as the transfer will not be obvious to be noticed.
However there is no worries if you are wearing WHITE jeans!

So there you go, some tips on maintaining your leather goods.
Do keep in mind to seek professional advise from the boutique associates
when you are purchasing your DREAM BAG.
I am very certain they would share the knowledge with you....


Buying your DREAM BAG is an INVESTMENT.....
To MAINTAIN the bag is actually LOVING IT!



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