LEATHER LOVE & CARE
One of the most unique characteristics of leather is that it can actually improve with age. Below you'll find a bit of info about each type of leather that we use as well as care instructions that'll keep your accessories looking and feeling great.
Lambskin is a soft, finely grained leather, often used for garments, small accessories and bags. This luxurious material is prized for its versatility, ease of wear and supple hand. However, due to its delicate nature, it is prone to scratches, tears and staining, but with simple care, this leather develops a wonderful flexibility and grace with age. When cleaning, wipe with a soft, lightly damp cloth, without any astringent cleaners—plain water is best. Because of lambskin's fragility, conditioning to keep the hide supple should be done every year. When in doubt, bring to a specialist dry cleaner for attention. Keep this leather away from heat, high levels of moisture, dark colours (if the leather is light) and activities where blunt or sharp trauma may occur.
Bridle leather, as the name suggests, is a vegetable tanned leather used predominantly for the fabrication of bridles for horses, as well as luxury accessories. “Stuffed” with oils after tanning and finished with wax, bridle leather is labor intensive, and is therefore very expensive to produce. Firm and durable in nature, this material ages to a semi-soft feel and develops a wonderful patina over time, sought after by only the most discerning of clientele. Care should be taken, however, as bridle leather is unfinished on its surface, making it prone to some staining. That being said, due to the way this material is treated, it is slightly water repellent, though not submersible, and most superficial scratches can be removed with gentle rubbing of a clean finger. Conditioning should be done whenever the leather feels or looks brittle.
Vegetable tanned leather is an untreated, unfinished leather. It is a robust, durable and usually colorless material, used in the fabrication of saddles, handbags and luggage, to name a few. Due to its porous nature, it is prone to absorbing water, stains, oil and dirt. You might wonder, “why would anyone want that?” The answer is simple: because of its unfinished nature, vegetable tanned leather absorbs the world around it, telling a story of its wearers travels and adventures. Its inherent nature to soak oils allows it to essentially self-condition, giving it the means to maintain suppleness and strength with little attention. However, this natural ability works oppositely as well, so if dry conditions are about, moisturizing when the leather feels and looks brittle is essential, which will darken the leather, but will give life to a rich patina that only adds character over its journey through time.