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The Essential Guide: How to Care for Your Leather Bag

by Aman Loyal

Being a more responsible shopper goes beyond the decisions you make at the checkout. Taking the time and effort to care for your clothing and accessories can extend their useable life, meaning you get more value for your initial investment and avoid over shopping. In this guide, Amal Loyal from Atelier Du Sac walks you though how to care for a wardrobe staple: the leather bag. 

Hey there, leather lovers. I'm Aman Loyal, the proud founder of Atelier Du Sac, a brand dedicated to crafting sustainable and timeless leather handbags. Today, I want to share my top tips on how to care for your beloved leather bag, ensuring its longevity and continued elegance. 

Leather is a natural material that is susceptible to damage from the elements, such as water, sunlight, and dirt. It's also important to protect your leather bag from scratches and dents. By following these simple tips, you can help your leather bag last for years to come.


Why is it important to care for your leather bag?

There are many reasons why it's important to care for your leather bag. Here are a few:

  • To protect your investment: Leather bags can be expensive, so it's important to take care of them to turn that price tag into a long-term investment.
  • To extend the life of your bag: Proper care can help your leather bag last for years to come.
  • To maintain the look and feel of your bag: Leather bags can develop a beautiful patina over time, but this can only happen if you care for them properly.
  • To protect your belongings: A well-cared-for leather bag will protect your belongings from damage.

How to care for your leather bag

Leather is a beautiful material that deserves special attention and care, so let's dive into the art of leather bag maintenance and elevate your style with well-preserved luxury.

Embrace the Gentle Touch:

When it comes to cleaning your leather bag, remember that gentle is the key. Start by using a soft, dry cloth or a slightly damp cloth to wipe away any dust or surface dirt. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the leather's natural patina.


Hydration for Supple Beauty:

Leather, like our skin, needs hydration to stay supple and avoid drying out. Treat your bag to a nourishing leather conditioner or specialised moisturiser. Gently apply the conditioner in circular motions, allowing it to penetrate and revitalise the leather's fibres. This simple step will help prevent cracks and maintain its lustrous appearance.


Shield from the Elements:

Protect your leather bag from the elements by using a waterproof spray. This will create a barrier against water, preventing stains and damage caused by unexpected showers. Be sure to test the spray on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure compatibility with your bag's leather type.


Sunlight is Not Leather’s Best Friend:

While leather bags love attention, they don't appreciate prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. UV rays can cause fading and damage the leather over time. When not in use, store your bag in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. If you're out and about, consider a stylish bag cover or seek shade to shield your leather companion.


Cherish the Aging Process:

One of the captivating qualities of leather is its ability to develop a unique patina over time. Embrace the natural ageing process as a testament to your bag's journey with you. The patina adds character and depth, enhancing its beauty and making it truly one-of-a-kind.

Store it with Care:

When not in use, give your leather bag a cosy home. Store it in a breathable dust bag or fabric pouch to protect it from scratches and dust. Avoid overcrowding your storage area to maintain its shape and structure, allowing your bag to breathe and retain its pristine elegance.


Your Leather Care Guide

Caring for your leather bag is an art form that combines love, attention, and respect for timeless luxury. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your bag ages gracefully, standing as a testament to your impeccable style and dedication to sustainability. 

Remember, a well-cared-for leather bag is not only a fashion statement but an investment that will accompany you on countless adventures. Let's preserve the beauty of leather together and revel in the elegance it brings to our lives.


Additional Tips:

  • If your bag gets wet, dry it as soon as possible. Do not put it in the dryer, as this can damage the leather.
  • If your bag gets scratched, you can use a leather repair kit to fix the damage.
  • If your bag starts to smell, you can freshen it up by using a leather cleaner or a baking soda paste.
  • If you're travelling with your leather bag, pack it in a sturdy case to protect it from bumps and bruises.
  • If you're going to be wearing your leather bag in a lot of rain or snow, consider using a water-resistant spray to further protect it.

By following these tips, you can keep your leather bag looking its best for years to come.