Carry a leather handbag around for long enough, and it’s bound to develop a few stains. Large or set-in stains merit professional attention, as do any stains on a raw leather handbag. But if you’re feeling brave, you can treat small stains on finished leather handbags as soon as they happen. In fact, the sooner you get to the stains, the better your odds of success.Continue reading
Suede’s soft, pliable feel makes it the perfect choice for high-end handbags and other accessories. Although suede has a reputation for being delicate and will stain from contact with water, it’s also surprisingly resilient. Often, a regular brushing — and being careful where you set it down — is all you need to keep your suede handbags looking new.
What Brushing Can Do
Suede’s nap — the fibers that give it a soft, velvety texture — is the key to both its delicacy and its resilience. The nap shows dirt, mud and scuffs very easily, but a quick treatment with a suede brush is usually all it takes to lift the nap back up, brush away any lingering dirt, and leave the handbag looking as good as new.Continue reading
No wonder antique purses are more popular than ever. Their fantastical materials and novel construction — from metal mesh to brightly-colored plastics and the intriguing, aptly-named miser pouch — catch the eye, but can still be excused as a functional purchase.
Unfortunately, there’s no denying the attrition of age — it gets harder and harder to find high-quality, antique purses as the years go by. The upside is that if you’re collecting antique purses or thinking of selling your collection, time usually drives the value up. The most accurate way to get a sense of an antique purse’s value is taking it to not one, but several, accredited appraisers or large auction houses that deal in similar items.Continue reading
Like most designer houses, Hermes would have you believe that only professionals can clean fine leather. That’s definitely the safest approach — but a wealth of happy Hermes handbag owners say that if you’re willing to take your bag’s fate into your own hands, you can do a lot of good with pH-neutral, alcohol-, chlorine- and perfume-free baby wipes.
From all-purpose cleaning to restoring scuff marks, these wipes can do a lot — but they come with a few caveats. Always follow-up by wiping your Hermes leather handbag down with a soft, dry cloth to remove any lingering moisture. If you can do preventative maintenance by just wiping the bag down with a soft, dry cloth after each use, all the better.Continue reading
Most genuine Louis Vuitton canvas handbags are tougher than they look, with a water-resistant surface that won’t discolor in rain like leather does. That said, no matter how gently you treat your canvas bag, it’s going to pick up a few marks eventually. Here’s how most Louis Vuitton owners say they keep their canvas bags’ looks (and value) in top form:Continue reading
Most luxury handbags are surprisingly durable — treat them right and they’ll last for decades. But designer handbags have a soft side too, and their high-end materials will show signs of rough treatment surprisingly fast. Here’s how to keep your fashionable investments looking their best:
Start With Prevention
Hand creams, hand sanitizer, cosmetics and perfumes are good for you, but bad for your high-end handbags — especially those made of fine leather, which discolors easily. Because of that, keeping your hands clean and dry when handling your handbags is one of the easiest — and most important — things you can do to protect them. Even the natural oil of your hands can discolor a leather handle over time, so carry a luxury handbag with leather handles under your arm or over your shoulder.Continue reading