Leather Care

 

Origin & Care

Our products are made of the highest quality and craftsmanship, hence we provide care information to maintain your CHARLES DARIUS product. Here are a few general tips to help preserve your leather goods for the many years to come:


Clean – After using your handbag or any other leather accessory such as wallet, portfolios etc; the first step is to empty it of its contents and dust. You will also find more specific cleaning instructions below based on the type of leather.

Stuff Once empty and clean, you must stuff it in order for it to keep its shape. We suggest using acid-free tissue paper, a small pillow, or bubble wrap. Be sure to wrap exposed hardware (including buckles and zipper pulls) with a piece of tissue paper to keep it from making imprints on your bag over time.

Cover Place your bag in a soft, breathable dust bag. If you don’t have one, you can use a cotton pillowcase in a neutral color, in order to prevent color transfer. Make sure that the dust bag is large enough so that your handbag doesn’t warp when it is stored.

Separate Do not have the hardware of one bag touching another bag, because it could leave a mark. In addition, do not leave anything touching patent leather — it will cause color to transfer from the patent leather to whatever is next to it.

Handle with care Refrain from hanging your bags — this will distort the shape of the handles.

Store If you can, store your bag in its original box. Otherwise, line your bags up on a shelf in your closet for example. If the shelf is not tall enough, do not allow the handles of the bag to be pressed down, in which case we recommend to lie the bag flat. You can keep track of your bags by including a note with the name of the bag on the box or dustbag, so that you don’t have to rifle through ten boxes before you find your the right one.

Leather specific information:

 

Calfskin Leather

Prevention – Keeping your calfskin leather CHARLES DARIUS bag in great condition can start from the first day. After your bags first use and every other use from that day forward, wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth. In the long run, this will tremendously help preserving the shiny appearance of your calfskin bag. Use a cream or spray protector that repels stains from liquid or color transfer. Using a leather conditioner will work wonders as well! as they keep the calfskin polished and moisturized, preventing wrinkling and sagging.

Removing dents – Whether it's from storing improperly or leaving your bag pressed against something too long, calfskin leather can be dented. Luckily, most of these dents can be easily rubbed out! First, make sure that whatever caused the dent will no longer be resting against the area. For example, a zipper or chain. Next, massage the area with clean, dry fingers. Rub the opposite side of the leather as well. This may take a day or two, but most dents will disappear with continuous rubbing.

Wear – Wear comes with the use of any calfskin bag. With minor marks, most can be rubbed out with your fingers. For minor wear that causes a slight discoloration, typically seen on the corners of your bag, many people do a little re-dying at home. At home dying can turn out great or truly disastrous. Your best bet for repairing your calfskin leather is to send it to a professional
 

Vachetta Leather

When your bag is brand new it will be a light beige color, which over time gradually darkens to beautiful patina. To keep the leather from turning brown to quickly or uneven, it is important to treat it regularly. Try to clean the trims often with baby wipes (look for alcohol free ones as they don’t dry out the bag). If the leather of your CHARLES DARIUS bag is already darkened or dirty, then you should condition it with Apple leather conditioner. This conditioner is made specifically for leather, and prevents darkening and cracks.


Vernis Leather

Vernis is made from patent calfskin leather and is susceptible to fading and marks. Vernis is actually more sensitive to color change because of the techniques that are used to achieve its glossy look. Make sure to protect your Vernis baby from heat sources and materials that might stain it. Color transfer happens quite easily with the Vernis, so be aware! When cleaning your Vernis only use water and a damp cloth to maintain the shiny look of the bag.

Crocodile Leather

Storage Tips
When not in use, crocodile leather items should be kept in a cool, dry environment.  For larger crocodile leather pieces, such as jackets, avoid folding them tightly. Crocodile skin, particularly caiman skin, has calcium deposits in it that makes the skin more rigid. Folding the skin too tightly at points that were not meant to be folded can cause damage, resulting in unsightly cracks or crease marks. Ideally, instead of trying to fold leather items and putting them in a small dresser drawer, they should be hung on a coat hanger. Crocodile leather belts should also be hung by their belt buckles to avoid causing cracks in the leather.
Cleaning Tips
First and foremost, you should always avoid getting leather excessively wet. While many may assume that their crocodile leather repels water rather than absorbing it, too much moisture can actually cause damage to the finish of the leather. So, if your crocodile leather wear gets wet, it is important to clean off the excess moisture promptly.

To remove excess moisture, gently rub the affected area of the crocodile leather product with a soft, dry towel or cleaning cloth to soak up the majority of the excess moisture. Once that is done, hang-dry the item to finish removing excess moisture. It is important to avoid using direct sunlight or any other direct heat source when drying the leather, as that may cause damage to the finish and result in discoloration or cracks.

After the leather is dry, apply leather conditioner formulated for your crocodile leather to help protect the finish and keep it looking new. When applying the crocodile leather conditioner, be sure to follow the application instructions on the conditioner’s packaging.

Leather conditioner for crocodile hide should be easy to find at any exotic leather goods retailer. However, if you are having difficulty finding the right crocodile leather conditioner for treating the specific finish of your crocodile skin, contacting the manufacturer can prove helpful for finding the right crocodile leather care products.

For removing dirt, dust, and other contaminants, the process from above remains largely the same, possibly minus the time spent drying the leather. First, remove the contaminant with a dry cloth. For fine particulates such as sand, using a slightly damp cloth to remove the dirt can make the initial cleaning process easier, but the leather will need to be dried and treated with conditioner afterward to reduce the risk of damage to the finish.
Whenever trying a new leather care product on a crocodile leather item (or any other exotic leather item), first test it on an inconspicuous part of the item first to see if it affects the finish adversely. For example, the inside sleeve or cuff of a jacket. This way, if the new product does cause some discoloration, it won’t be in a place where everyone can see it right away.
With proper care, crocodile skin products should remain beautiful and ready for use for years to come. Sharing general care tips such as these, and tips that are more specific to the crocodile leather products you make, can help prolong the useful life of exotic leather goods and keep the clients who purchase your goods satisfied and coming back for more.