FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I take care of my leather bag?
Leather is one of the most popular materials with which bags are made. Because leather can be quite expensive, many people consider having a leather bag as a status symbol. If you want your leather bag to last a lifetime, you must be certain to take proper care of it.
Tips on how to take care of your leather bag:
The natural surface of leather is like a landscape, with varying textures and shadowy furrows. These distinctive features are unique to genuine leather, a product that has been raised rather than engineered. No two hides will be exactly alike, as with all things in nature.
Leather, a product of nature, has its own life history recorded as grain, wrinkles, scratches and scars acquired from life on the range.
Understanding Leather's Natural Markings
Even the best leather has natural markings, which are analogous to fingerprints. They distinguish genuine leather from man-made materials. Some marks which can appear on the surface of leather are healed scratches, barbed wire marks, wrinkles and insect bites. Any of these markings may be present on your product and is your assurance that you have a true top grain leather. Leather is a natural product; grain pattern and color may vary from hide to hide and within the hide.
Shade and Tone Variation
Leather is unique. Surface features testify to the authenticity of natural leather. Variation across a hide, density of grain, creases and folds are distinctive characteristics, much like the grain of a fine piece of wood. Leather is not like a bolt of cloth. Like any natural product, grain pattern and color may vary from hide to hide and within each individual hide. In the dying process, no pigments are used, so each hide absorbs "color" based on its individual cell structure. Each area of the hide will absorb dye in varying amounts, and thus be darker or lighter than other areas; much like wood varies in color when stained. This explains why one side of a product may have a different shade than the other sides. They were simply cut from different parts of the same hide.
Neck and shoulder creases appear as elongated furrows. Wrinkles naturally occur in a hide as a result of the neck stretching and contracting. Skin located on the neck of a steer is full and loose. This enables the steer to have the flexibility it needs to move its head while grazing. Wrinkles, naturally occur in the hide.
Variation in Grain
Variations in grain pattern occurs during the life of a steer. The grain is relatively tight across the backbone while it may be very loose in the belly and flank areas. The looser areas consequently have more stretch. Graining, like human fingerprints, is unique to each individual hide.
Stretch marks appear in cowhides for the same reasons they do in humans. The process of calving requires the stretching of the skin to accommodate the new calf. Nothing could be more natural. Stretch marks are used in leather products.
Growth marks and veins are an indication of the age of the animal and in that respect are similar to the graining on a piece of timber. They range from often quite pronounced marks in the neck area to subtle bands across the hide perpendicular to the backbone. Full grain leather will develop wrinkles and darken over a period of time.