Nothing lasts a lifetime if you don't take care of it.
Crystalyn Kae leather bags are made to be durable and last for a long time. But how to make sure they do? What should you know about taking care of a vegan leather bag?
1. TAKE CARE:
First of you should remember, leather material can stretch and if you carry too much stuff with you, it's not only bad for the bag shape but also for your own shoulders.
So avoid overfilling your bag! Both your bag and your shoulders will thank you for it. It doesn't matter whether it's a Mini Troubadour tote, XL Weekender Troubadour tote, Metier tote, Bossa Nova Crossbody bag, or a Small Valet pouch.
To prevent genuine leather from cracking, mold, or insect damage, store your bag well.
MAKE SURE YOUR STORAGE IS:
- Not under direct sunlight since this can cause fading
- Away from artificial sources of heat, e.g. radiators can cause leather to dry and crack
- Don't use plastic bags, they prevent good ventilation
- Use tissue paper or a drawstring cloth bag to avoid accidental scratches
3. REGULAR CLEANING:
Make sure to WASH YOUR HANDS before you start cleaning your bag. Grab a SOFT, DRY, or SLIGHTLY DAMP (not wet!) CLOTH and wipe down your bag. Then while the bag is evenly moisturized, massage a small (pea sized) dollop of saddle soap into the cloth and evenly distribute across the leather. Once a month is ideal, twice a year is sufficient.
It is also crucial to regularly condition it to avoid cracking and fading. For our own skin, we use moisturizer, for leather we use a special leather conditioner. The effect is similar - without it, the leather will dry out over time.
Apply special leather conditioner to a soft cloth and gently rub over the entire bag. Once a month is ideal, to keep your bag as water & stain-resistant as possible.
5. WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Do not let rain, snow, or other water absorb into the leather. If you stay under the weather and your handbag or gets very wet, wipe off excess moisture as soon as possible. Do not dry the leather with a hairdryer; let it air dry, and then apply a leather conditioner.
Remember that using cleaning products with alcohol will dry the skin and possibly discolor your tote bag or pouch.
It might seem like a lot to remember at first, but don't obsess it, take it step by step, and allow it to become part of your bag routine.
Treat your bag with love and care and it will do the same.