May 2013

Bags-&-Wallets

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BAGS / WALLETS

Leather Product and Hand Bag Care Information

1) Leather product and hand bag care

Tessuto Bags/Wallets

Tessuto material also known as parachute material is sturdy and durable.

– To clean, take a moist cotton cloth (wring off excess water).
– Wipe the exterior of the entire item and air dry before storing.

Patent Leather

Patent leather is made of real leather chemically treated to give it a shiny surface.

– To maintain the shine, take a moist soft cotton cloth and clean the surface to get rid of dust and dirt. Let it dry.
– Next, with a dry soft cloth, dab a little bit of petroleum jelly (Vaseline). Petroleum jelly helps to prevent the leather from cracking and drying up.
– Gently rub the entire item and let it stand for at 5 minutes. Buff until it is shiny and looking as good as new.

Calf Leather

Calf leather is made from the hide of a calf, is valuable due to its softness and non fine grain (Reference: -Wikipedia).

– On a regular basis, wipe calf leather with soft, dry cloth to get rid of dust and dirt.
– Once a while, for a more thorough cleaning, take a moist soft cotton cloth. Wring out excess cloth and ensure the cloth is not too wet. It is important to use as little water as possible.
– Wipe entire surface gently.
– Use leather conditioner to maintain the softness and to prevent the wrinkles and cracks.

Saffiano Leather

Saffiano leather is made of calf skin. Prada’s saffiano leather has special textured diagonal pattern and has become their signature. Many of their classic bags and ‘IT’ bags are made of saffiano leather which are highly sought after.

To care for saffiano leather, follow the following steps:

– On a regular basis, wipe saffiano leather with soft, dry cloth to get rid of dust and dirt
– Once a while, for a more thorough cleaning, take a moist soft cotton cloth. Wring out excess water and ensure the cloth is not too wet. It is important to use as little water as possible.
– Wipe entire surface gently.
– Use leather conditioner to maintain the softness and to prevent the wrinkles and cracks.

Nappa Leather

Nappa leather is made from unsplit kid, lamb or sheep skin. It is a full – grain leather noted for softness and durability (Reference: – Wikipedia).

– On a regular basis, wipe leather with soft, dry cloth to get rid of dust and dirt.
– Once a while, for a more thorough cleaning, mix two drops of mild detergent with two cups of warm distilled water.
– Take a soft cotton cloth, wet the corner. Wring out excess water and ensure the cloth is not too wet. It is important to use as little water as possible as leather will quickly absorb water.
– Wipe one area at a time and use a dry soft cotton cloth to dry the area before moving on to another section.
– Occasionally, use leather conditioner to maintain the softness and to prevent the wrinkles and cracks.

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Lambskin Leather

Lambskin leather comes from the hides of young sheep and the skins from hair lamb produce the highest quality leather. This is mainly due to the numerous fine wool fibers as compared to the lesser number of coarse fibers on hairless sheep which cause the skin to be more open and soft in texture. This leather is available in either fine grain or a nap finish.

– Wipe off dust and dirt with a dry, clean terry cloth.
– Avoid using water, this can cause unsightly spotting.
– For stubborn stains on full grain lambskin leather, use a lightly dampened cloth on a small not easily seen corner of the bag. This is to test for discolouring and colour bleeding. If happens, need to bring in for professional cleaning.
– When not in use, store your lambskin leather in a box or cotton dust bag. It needs to breathe so do not put your leather products into plastic bags.
– Do not fold or stress your bag in any way, allow it to rest naturally.
– Tuck the strap inside if there is a chain or hardware on it. This is to prevent from scratching the leather product.

What is distressed leather?

Distressed leather is any type of leather has been treated to age the appearance of the leather while not weakening the overall integrity of the leather product. The main objective is to give the newly produced leather a weathered and broken in quality that is sometime more appealing to consumers.

Article Courtesy of http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-distressed-leather.htm

2) Tips and Tricks

Unfinished Handbag Leathers

Usually unfinished leather handbags have a natural colour.
– Do not use lotions or hand creams on the leather products. They contain mineral oils and waxes that are not well-matched with leather. You may get a darkening effect that you desire butit will attract soil and dirt.
– Do not use lanoline leather creams/conditioners, it will rot leather and makes restoration virtually impossible.
– Do not use saddle soap as it too harsh for the leather products. If the pH over 10 it will cause damage to leather over time.
– Do not use baby wipes, as it may stain.
– Do not use any leather cleaners created for furniture leather or car leather.
– For oil stains on your leather product, put some corn starch on it right away. Rub it in to absorb the oil and use a light source (light bulb) to create heat for faster absorption of the oil into the cornstarch. After that, brush off with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Repeat until all oil has been removed.
– For ink stains and other dirt, use a white eraser and erase the spot right away. Do not apply too much pressure on it and check if the colour is coming off.
– For water stains, there are really no home solutions. You may want to bring in for professional leather treatment.

Finished Handbag Leathers

– Usually glossy with a little bit of a shine to it. They put a dye and protective layer on it that make it more resilient to damage than other types of leather.
– Do not use alcohol to remove ink stains.
– Do not use saddle soap as it too harsh for the leather products. If the pH over 10 it will cause damage to leather over time.
– Keep out of direct sunlight.
– For oil stains on your leather product, put some corn starch on it right away. Rub it in to absorb the oil and use a light source (light bulb) to create heat for faster absorption of the
oil into the cornstarch. After that, brush off with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Repeat until all oil has been removed.
– For ink stains and other dirt, use a white eraser and erase the spot right away. Do not apply too much pressure on it and check if the colour is coming off.
– To remove odor from handbags, place a container of baking soda inside the bag. The heat will help to release the odor where the baking soda can absorb it. A couple of times on changing
the baking soda are required.

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MICHAEL-Michael-Kors-Jet-Set-Tennis-Racket-Case

GET READY FOR YOUR WEEKEND SPORTING ACTIVITIES WITH MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS TENNIS RACKET COVERS

I don’t think a single person who grew up in my hometown made it out without tennis lessons. In suburban Atlanta, tennis is a way of life; it stays warm enough to play for nine months out of the year (at least), and the sprawling, recently developed suburbs feature tennis courts in literally every neighborhood. I learned to play tennis at approximately the same age that I learned how to swim, and in my part of town, it was a skill seen as just as essential for survival. I know so many friends’ moms who would have died over the MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Tennis Racket Covers.

If these racket covers make one thing clear, it’s that Michael Kors knows its demographic. People who buy MICHAEL Michael Kors’ preppy, sporty, well-priced bags are probably far more likely to play tennis than the average member of the population, and tennis is a sport that requires a certain amount of expendable income and a certain number of sometimes-pricey accessories anyway. Bags, racket covers, sweat bands – why not take things to the next level of ridiculousness?

I’m not much of a logo fan, personally, but if I had gone a different way in life and was still playing tennis in metro Atlanta, I could totally see myself carrying a highlighter-colored neoprene sheath for my racket. After all, you have to put it in something. It might as well be something fun.

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