What makes leather products so unique is that no two cuts of leather are the same – meaning your investment piece is a true one-off!
Leather bags – whether handbags, backpacks, or duffel bags – are statement investment items that can last a lifetime, if they’re made well and you look after them.
Mally Bags have been manufacturing leather bags and selling them online for a decade now, winning an international reputation for style and quality. Their simple designs let the leather do the talking – which it’ll do for years, if cared for properly, making leather bags a great gift for any occasion.
Mally Bags are made from distressed natural leather, meaning that it’ll last long enough to acquire the patina of use, telling a story of where it’s taken you. Naturally supple, leather ages to embrace – rather than develop – a desirable worn, vintage look that is impossible to replicate in a factory.
There are 5 common grades of leather: Full Grains; Top Grains; Genuine Leather; Suedes and Bonded & Recycled Leathers. When leather is buffed or treated to eradicate the ‘skin’ markings, it is called ‘Top Grain’. ‘Full Grain’ is leather with an intact grain, which looks more like natural animal skin.
Since leather is an organic product, no two cuts of it are ever the same – like a diamond. This also means that it needs to be carefully cared for, with regular care helping protect and preserve it.
Everyday handling helps create that desirable vintage look, but be careful of handling your leather product with greasy hands – like after you’ve applied hand cream. Leather absorbs grease and oils, but can be protected and waterproofed to a degree with the application of specific protective sprays – which you should always test on a small, hidden patch of the leather first.
Wax On, Wax Off
No, we’re not saying you should wax your leather bag (waxes can clog up leather pores and may make them impossible to clean in the future) – but giving it a wipe with a damp cloth from time to time can help keep its surface clean and free of debris. Don’t use too much water, though, because leather does take some time to dry.
Like your skin – and leather is ‘skin’, after all – moisturising is important to keep cracks and wrinkles at bay. Using a proper moisturising product can help keep the leather supple – but don’t use it on patent leather products!
Avoid cleaning products containing alcohol, turpentine or other mineral spirits, since as they will discolor and dry out the leather.
Remove stains as soon as you notice them, to minimize the chances of ‘setting’. Organic stains like food can be removed with chalk powder – crumble some chalk, let it sit on the affected area overnight and dust it off with a clean, dry cloth the next day. If you’re wiping something off the leather, always wipe with the grain to avoid ruining the surface.
If the stain just won’t budge, CAREFULLY apply some shoe polish in the exact same shade as the leather, to hide the affected area.
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