Looking After Leather
★Leather is known for its durability, versatility and strength and has been around for as long as men have been hunters. With a bit of care and attention it will last you a life-time.
Take care not to over-fill your bag as over time this will cause it to loose shape and weaken the handles. When you’re not using your bag, stuff it with bubble wrap, it doesn’t attract the moths like tissue paper, and store it in its duster bag. For longer term storage undo strap buckles so that impressions are not created. 3-4 times a year use a leather conditioning cream to keep the leather supple and stop it from drying out. Babywipes are good for keeping the leather clean, or you can try dampening a soft cloth with mild hand soap and warm water and wiping the surface. Don’t scrub it, but rub a little conditioner in after its dried. It is difficult to remove stains from leather, so don’t let biros and make up loose in your bag. Be careful of pigment transfer from dark coloured clothing, denim is a regular culprit.
Oil, grease and ink are nearly impossible to remove. Fresh stains such as spilled liquids or food should be cleaned up immediately with a damp cloth or leather cleaner. Before using any products, always test a small, non-visible area first such as the base. Apply product to a cloth rather than directly onto the leather. Leather isn’t waterproof, if its pouring rain, it might be better to use a different bag. However if it does get wet, blot with a paper towel, and then pack loosely with paper and allow it to dry naturally. Never place it in direct heat or sunlight for prolonged periods of time as this may cause the leather to crack or the colour to fade unevenly. Surface marking or scuffs that appears on some natural finish leathers are often superficial and a result of the displacement of the oils in the leather. You can usually rub these out with a little bit of pressure from your finger.
Leather ages naturally, colours can change and darken with use, these tend to be characteristics of a Bronte Bag. They are intended to be worn and loved and they will improve with age.