Before shipping our bags to their destination, we coat them with a gentle conditioner made of olive oil, shea butter, beeswax and essential oil. However, the bag will need some extra love from you, and it is important that you follow the guidelines below.
For the first month of use, it is important to avoid taking the handbag out in the rain. This should give the fibres sufficient time to become more flexible and therefore less likely to react to water. After the first month of use, any spots of water or rain can be gently wiped into the leather, rather than allowing droplets to just sit on the surface.
As the leathers are dyed, for the first few wears they may transfer a small amount of colour onto clothing. This is a typical characteristic of vegetable tanned leathers and will mean that the bag ages beautifully.
Our natural (i.e tawny brown and nude) leather products will patina over time resulting in a darker, uneven colouration. Leather fans will recognise this as the ultimate sign of quality. The process itself can be quickened but should not and cannot be avoided.
To clean the bag it is best if you purchase a cream from the various online leather care outlets. You should always use a neutral, rather than a particular colour (which will contain a dye) and test on an inconspicuous area of the handbag.
All of the hardware on our bags is made from solid brass cast in Java. Just like the vegetable tanned leather, it will darken over time as the metal oxidises in the atmosphere. Should you wish to polish it back up, you can use any readily available brass polish, making sure that you protect the leather first with a protective cloth.