Leather Care

 

Y O U R  L E A T H E R:

Your Grace Gordon bag is made using the best leathers we can find. Every hide is unique and has tonal variations, small marks or scars are natural features and should not be considered faults. Vegetable tanning is an age old tradition, so the tanneries who supply our beautiful vegetable tanned leathers have very skilled craftsmen producing and dyeing the leather.

These full grain leathers have no synthetic covering and are sensitively finished by hand. Due to the natural tannins used, our leathers develop and change over time darkening and creating their own unique patina.  

The ageing process of our leathers gradually enhances the personality of your bag and shouldn't be avoided. The reason our materials are so valued is because they require much more time and skill to develop than their processed cousins. 

We appreciate the beautiful natural materials we work with and see it as our duty to respect their provenance. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more about our sourcing process. 

 

 

L E A T H E R  C A R E:

Your handbag's vegetable-tanned leather and will require a little care. The handbag has been coated with a gentle protection cream however, it is important that you follow the guidelines below.

For the first month of actual use, avoid taking the handbag out in wet weather. 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. When your bag is new please be aware that excess dye may still be on the outside edges. If you wish to clean your handbag, you can purchase a cream from various online leather care outlets, please ask if you'd like our suggestions. Always use a neutral, rather than a particular colour (which will contain a dye) and test on an inconspicuous area of the handbag.

Be aware that the leathers are dyed and as such 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 your bag ages beautifully. 

Our natural (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. 

 

 

Y O U R  H A R D W A R E:

All of the hardware on our bags is made from solid brass cast in England. This means it will therefore darken over time as the metal oxidises in the atmosphere. This will not damage the hardware but should you wish to polish it back up again then you can use any readily available brass polish, just make sure that you protect the leather first by covering with a protective cloth.

 

 

O T H E R  I N F O R M A T I O N:

Do not store near heat as this could – and probably will - dry out the leather. Leather is a natural material and with use, your handbag will develop some marks or scratches. Don't try and avoid this it'll gradually wear in the leather and will add to the bag’s uniqueness.

Care should also be taken to avoid colour transfer from dark clothing onto light leathers and also from dark leathers onto light coloured clothing.

Your handbag should provide many years of use. If you experience any problems with it, or simply require advice regarding its care, please contact us.