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what is coated canvas?

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

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Is coated canvas leather?

No, coated canvas is not leather.  It is made from material that is embossed with heat to take on a leather-like appearance.

How is coated canvas made?

Coated canvas is made from a woven fabric, typically a heavy cotton or polyester canvas that is coated with wax or resin and then treated with heat.  Depending on the materials used, the finish can be permanent: (glazed and/or pvc-coated) or temporary: (wax). Coating materials in a permanent way is integral to high-quality designer handbag brands, as it will allow the bag to last much longer than faux leather or polyurethane and is ecologically preferable. 

Is glaze coated canvas better than leather?

The advantages of coated canvas or glazed fabric over leather is that it is much more hard-wearing and stain-resistant than leather.  It is often lightweight on your shoulder, and rain-resistant. 

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What is a coated canvas bag?

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The most common example of coated canvas bag is the Louis Vuitton logo-encrusted bag you've seen almost everywhere. But other designer brands including Goyard, Fendi, and even Michael Kors and Coach now use a form of coated canvas in their handbag collections.  

How do you clean a coated canvas bag?

It depends on the brand.  It is best to reach out to the manufacturer of your bag. Do you own a Crystalyn Kae glazed fabric bag?  If so: learn how to machine-wash your handbag here.  

Shop for glazed fabric bags here:

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  • I have the same issue with my vintage Fendi coated canvas bag. I too have searched everywhere for a good answer to this problem.

    MaryC on
  • Hi!
    I thought you would be the person to ask! If I may:
    I have a vintage pequin Fendi given to me by my gran. Its a clutch, and super pretty with a ruched top. The thing is, its sticky, and peeling a bit (nothing crazy). How do I remove the stickiness, and how can I preserve the bag from further peeling? (That is, how can I make the outer more long-lasting?) Must it be waxed again?
    I hope it is not too much of an imposition to ask you this (been searching the internet for a while, then found your site!)
    Best wishes,

    ilhaam isaacs on

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