We launched a new high-end leather handbag line last year called the Landmark Collection. They’re what I like to call “investment bags” – purses that outlive all fashion bags by years, even decades, in both quality and style. They’re the bags our daughters might steal one day if we ever set them aside.
These bags are best-friend material – they’ll always be there for you, and they’ll make you feel like a million bucks. This kind of exceptional quality does not come without a price (beyond retail, that is) though. Like all true besties, they require a bit of love and care.
The full grain leather in our Landmark bags is drum-dyed with vegetable oil. This treatment preserves the leather in its most natural porous form (which feels and smells incredible, by the way), and it allows the leather to age beautifully as it’s exposed to air, sun, and the oils from your hands. It’s called “patina” – think well-worn saddles and broken-in baseball gloves.
But because it’s porous, it can stain. Water, coffee, pens, lipstick. . .anything liquid or colored can cause discoloration, or even shrinkage (yikes!). Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your bag beautiful for years to come.
First: safe handling. Landmark bags are obviously not for the beach. Watch where you set them down, and be careful with beverages.
Second: leather care. Leather lotion can help clean and polish away minor surface scratches and dirt. Rub a little on a soft rag and test it on the bag’s base or trim to see how the leather reacts. Use minimal amounts when polishing – and always add lotion to the rag, never directly onto the bag. When clean, leather protectant spray can also be used to help guard against rain and stains.
Third: storage. There may be times when you need to set your bag aside – trips to the waterpark, clubbing with the girls, safaris. . . The soft, supple leather can collapse and become misshapen, and the handles can kink. Your Landmark bags should be stored in their dustbag when not in use, with the body filled (newspaper or spare unused fabric will work fine). The straps can be loosely coiled if they are removable, or you can run them inside the bag along its sides and bottom before filling for storage. Whichever method you choose, just don’t fold the straps or handles!
With a little extra attention and care (kind of like the time you had to help Judy get through that terrible perm) your bags will give back to you tenfold and carry you through any fashion trend you try on.
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