Caring for your leather goods
After witnessing all types of leather goods being brought into our studio for repair due to lack of conditioning, we know how important it is to preserve and protect leather from the riggers of travel and the natural environment.
Leather is a natural fibre and thus needs conditioning so that the fibres are supple and do not become dry and cracked. If your leather goods are dirty use a mild soap (saddle soap) in warm water with cotton wool balls to gently clean before applying the leather conditioner.
We sell two products in our leather care section; our food and our polish - both of which will help restore dried out leather and enhance the shine and protection on new products.
Apply with a clean dry cloth (sparingly to begin with - you can always add more if needs be) because it is better to build up bit by bit rather than add too much and for it to get sticky and caked on.
Once the conditioner has been absorbed, buff the surface with a clean dry cloth to leave it looking like new. The natural oils will leave a nice shine, seal in the conditioner and act as a water repellent.
Please test a small area before using it on large sections as certain leathers like the Pueblo used on the Blenheim Barrel Bag can darken significantly with too much product.
Over time all leathers will change in colour, the veg tan we use will often deepen and darken over time. This can happen more with natural undyed leather which, when exposed to sunlight and other elements can deepen to a natural tan over time, here we show one of our natural tan trugs after a few years of use.
After many decases it will achieve a rich dark brown patina, as shown in the colour of our antique vintage car case
This is one of the the wonders of owning leather and seeing how it develops over time. Conditioning it will stop it cracking and breaking and will help to develop this patina.