MINUTIAE bags are meticulously crafted from the highest quality leathers, however, leather is organic, a skin, similar to your own; if neglected, it will have a lacklustre appearance. That is why nurturing the leather is crucial to ensure your piece ages gracefully, remaining a staple in your wardrobe for many years.
Before we delve into care, we must state that natural high quality leathers, like those used for MINUTIAE's items, are rarely identical. These small differences should be celebrated, as it means that no two pieces will ever be the same; like a fine wine or cheese, leather will age with time.
We have put together a guide that shows how simple leather care can truly be, and help your leather goods improve with age.GENERAL:
- Avoid handling your bag if your hands are dirty or have recently applied lotion or cream on them
- Rotate bags regularly so that they don’t wear out too quickly
- Keep your bag out of direct sunlight
- Try to avoid resting your bag against denim as this can cause colour transfer
- When using a leather protectant or moisturiser, test on a small, inconspicuous patch of leather to make sure it doesn’t cause discolouration
- When in use, wipe your bag down on a weekly basis with a soft cloth
- Using a suede brush will clean and revive suede
- Natural, high grade leather can never be completely waterproof, so avoid use in bad weather, if possible
- Small water stains are best left to dry naturally, never use heat methods (e.g. hairdryer) to remove as this will cause the leather to dry out
- Regular use of a leather moisturiser (applied with a clean cloth) will keep the leather supple and free of cracks
- Condition at least once a month to keep leather looking its best
- Store bags in their original MINUTIAE dust bag and box
- Never store in plastic or vinyl as this can trap moisture inside
- To maintain shape, fill bag with stuffing (e.g. acid-free tissue paper, old t-shirts) while in storage, never use newspaper or paper with ink as this can cause staining
- Unclip any removable parts for long term storage
***THIS IS ONLY A GENERAL GUIDE - For stains and extensive wear and tear, it is best to consult with leather professionals who are experienced in treating, cleaning and restoring leather. If you are having difficulties finding a specialist, or would like further information, feel free to contact us.