One of the most important factors you should keep in mind after your bag purchase would be maintenance and after-care, that if done well, would only aid in prolonging the lifespan of your favourite piece. And because it is especially crucial for investment bags like the Birkin and the Kelly, which is why it is great to have this set of leather care instructions from Hermès to always refer to.
Applying to both leather and precious skins, both of which are quality materials that the French luxury brand takes utmost care in sourcing and crafting, good quality leathers also ensure that your favourite bags and SLGs are able to age well. From Clemence and Togo, to the exclusive Barenia that develops its own unique patina over time, alongside precious skins include alligator, crocodile, lizard and ostrich, all of which Hermès promises will last a lifetime if cared for properly.
These exotic leathers have been specifically chosen for their beauty and uniformity, evident in the scales found on the alligator, crocodile and lizard, along with the feather follicles on ostrich. Hermès takes extra steps in polishing the smooth surfaces with agate stone and the matte finishes with wool felt, allowing the skin to retain its natural perfections while carrying the ability to stay beautiful over the years.
And now that it is in your hands, it is up to you to cherish and care for your leather goods, so follow these recommended steps from Hermès at all times, ok?
01 – Protect it from bad weather. Leather is sensitive to natural elements, water, oil, heat, light and environments that are too humid or too dry. Protect it from prolonged exposure to intense light and heat (direct sunlight from the window, near heat-emitting machines and the like), which may alter the colour. If the leather comes into contact with water, wipe it immediately with a soft lint-free cloth. This will prevent the formation of stains and blisters.
02 – Keep it away from bad influences. Some materials can leave permanent marks on leather, like ink (markers and pens), oily products (makeup and lipstick), perfume and alcohol-based products. Repeated contact with raw or dark textiles can also lead to undesirable effects on leather that is lighter in colour. Finally, in order to preserve the shape of your leather bag or SLG, do not overload it or place irregularly shaped items inside which might deform the structure.
03 – Offer it frequent holidays. To preserve its original beauty, your Hermès leather object needs time to rest. When you are not using it, make sure to provide it with the best possible preservation conditions. A temperate, dry environment away from light, preferably in its original box or dust cover. To maintain its silhouette, place tissue paper or bubble wrap inside and make sure all zippers are zipped and straps are attached. Anti-humidity sachets are not recommended as they have a drying effect on the leather.
04 – Give it the attention it deserves. Commercial care products are not suitable for Hermès leather. Instead of risking permanent damage, it is best to have it cleaned regularly by expert Hermès craftsmen. This can be arranged with the after-sales service team, over at an Hermès boutique of your convenience. With a little pampering, your Hermès leather object will become more beautiful and develop even more character with each passing year.