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Leather Care Guide

Although our leather goods will last you a lifetime, a little love can go a long way in keeping them looking new longer. Of course, leather is a natural material so understanding how the unique differences affect how to do that is important. I’m sure it goes without saying, but the cleaner you keep your bags, the longer they will last. If you do not see your leather color listed below, please feel free to reach out to us for guidance.

Looking for the easiest way to determine how your leather will wear? 

  • If the leather feels very natural and soft, it’s probably aniline leather, so a waterproof spray and leather dressing are your best friends.
  • If the leather is soft yet feels coated in some way, it is semi-aniline leather and doesn’t need much care at all, maybe a little leather cream down the line with daily use.
  • If the leather looks aged but with a very light coating, it is our distressed leather, the leather cream will act as a waterproof, restore and protecting agent.

Our Honest Hides (aniline leather):
- Merlot
- Bluebell
- Black Sand
- Wicked
- Woodstock
- Whiskey

Notable feature:
Although these scratch the easiest, they are the highest quality, softest, most natural feeling leather, perfect for a leather enthusiast.

  • Start by spraying the entire bag with a water based Waterproof Spray
  • Avoid oil, citric acid (like lemon and lime)
  • Clean any dirt marks immediately to avoid permanent staining
  • Often times scratches will naturally massage in over the course of the lifetime of the handbag, they are not considered a defect or a flaw.
  • For minor surface scratches, the natural heat of your hand works great, just like it sounds, massage the scratch in a circular motion with your thumb or palm of your hand until it dissipates.
  • If that doesn't work, you can use a heat source. With a hair dryer, just keep it at a safe distance of 6-12” away from the leather. With caution, heat the source and massage the area with your hand as well.
  • Or use a leather conditioning agent: We recommend our leather dressing. Make sure to use a soft clean sponge or towel and follow the directions on the product.
  • Do not use oils, saddle soaps or harsh chemicals
  • Do not use tap water but distilled water when spot cleaning

Finished Leather (semi-aniline):
- Blue Bayou
- Cobblestone
- Free Love
- Guava
- Ivy League
- Mai Tai
- Noche
- Rosewood
- Rosarito Beach
- Seabreeze
- Stone Temple

Past colors: Sahara, Sandstone, Toucan, Sand Dunes, and Oyster Shell

Vintage leather (semi-aniline dyed):
- Aquarius
- Olive Branch
- French Vanilla
- Wooden Tiki

Notable feature:
It is still undeniably soft yet boasts the strength and resilience to stand the test of time and is perfect for those hard on their bags.

  • Wipe any surface dirt with a clean, damp soft cloth
  • This leather will not patina and is less subject to color fading, but stain resistance can vary depending on the level of protection added in the top coat
  • Use leather cream to condition (only if needed)
  • Avoid citric acid (like lemon and lime) it can immediately discolor the leather
  • Do not use oils, saddle soaps, harsh cleaners or cleaners containing abrasives
  • Waterproof Spray is not needed nor will it absorb into semi-aniline leather

Distressed Leather:
- Happy Trails
- Cape Cod
- River Rock
- Darkhorse

Past colors: Driftwood, Panther, Mary Jane

Notable feature:
This leather is super lightweight and will only improve with age and provide a rich distressed look for years to come.

  • Use leather cream to waterproof this leather
  • Coat the entire bag with a leather cream, follow directions on the product
  • This will waterproof, restore and protect this leather against sun damage.
  • It doesn’t have to be conditioned before use, but before you notice any sun damage or lightening.
  • Should a spill occur, remove immediately by blotting (not rubbing) with a clean, dry, absorbent cloth
  • Avoid oils and citric acid (like lemon and lime) it can immediately discolor the leather.
  • Do not use oils, saddle soaps, harsh soaps or cleaners containing abrasives

For more details on each leather and what makes the highest quality, check out my blog, All Things Leather.