We use only the best leather, sourced from suppliers of ethically treated animals, harvested primarily as a source of food rather than for their pelt, and finely tanned and conditioned to stand the test of time. Handcrafted by our expert artisans in house, our leather goods deserve to be treated with care. As such, we recommend you protect your investment with specially formulated leather care products to ensure the lifetime of your leather collection.
Maintaining Your Leather
Your leather goods will patina naturally in response to your environment – a reflection of the journey you’ve taken – making your piece truly one of a kind. This transformation in its coloring is a characteristic of quality leather and signifies its inherent beauty.
Likewise, it is important to maintain your leather pieces regularly to ensure they remain soft and supple, extending the life of your leather goods. All our leather products can be cleaned, conditioned, and protected through regimental service; however, it is critical to use leather care products specifically formulated for use on fine leather goods whenever cleaning or restoring leather.
While it is generally recommended that you condition your leather every 6 months (at the absolute minimum), patrons residing in a dryer climate (hot or cold) will find they need to condition their leather goods more frequently. Likewise, leather should always be conditioned as soon as it begins feeling less supple, or visibly appearing dull or faded – similar to the nature of skin, it needs to be moisturized as soon as it begins feeling dry. Please note that vegetable tanned leather, when properly conditioned, should feel slightly oiled and have a rich look about it.
Should you find that you do not have the time or desire to condition your leather goods yourself, we would be more than happy to condition them for you, for a small fee ($25 + shipping). Of course, you are also always welcome to drop them by our shop and save yourself the shipping.
Tips & Tricks
- Leather is susceptible to absorbing grease and oils; remember to handle with clean hands.
- Never wash your leather goods in the washing machine or dish washer.
- Avoid cleaning products which contain alcohol, turpentine or other mineral spirits.
- Store leather goods properly when not in use. Keep them relaxed, in low humidity. and out of direct sunlight – as sunlight fades and dries out leather.
- If leather gets wet, absorb as much water as possible with a thick hand towel and then air dry.
Cleaning and Conditioning Your Leather
Many of our collars and cuffs are designed with bridle leather – a top quality leather that has gone through an extensive tanning and finishing process – which only gets better with proper cleaning and conditioning. Furthermore, only the best quality hides, free of flaws, are selected. Resulting in a final product which is very soft and flexible, yet strong in its ability to withstand daily use. However, even the best leather will dry and crack over time, therefore fine leather deserves good care. As such, quality leather cleaners and conditioners preserve the character and extend the natural life of leather.
- Wipe down the leather with Leather Cleaner.
- Allow the leather to fully dry.
- Apply a small amount of Leather Conditioner to a lint-free cloth, and rub a thin, even coat into the leather.
- Allow the conditioner to absorb into the leather for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
- Buff off any excess using small circular motions.
Reducing Scratches & Removing Spots
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for leather to develop scratches and spots over time from normal use. Though it is difficult to truly repair leather, given its organic makeup, there are several methods of minimizing the appearance of the damage with a little care.
How to Reduce Scratches:
Using the natural oils from your hands, work the scratched area back and forth, around, and over itself. Depending on the scratch, you may need to continue working the leather, in short intervals, for a prolonged duration of time. While it is unlikely that the scratch will disappear completely, in many cases it will continue to fade over time if you keep working it.
How to Remove Spots:
- Remove the spot as soon as it appears; do not let it sit on the leather too long.
- Use a baby wipe and fold it in half. NEVER use wipes that contain alcohol, dyes or fragrance.
- Place your hand on the opposite side of the stain and wipe away, cleaning the spot and surrounding area.
- Rub with moderate pressure to remove the stain; using too much force may discolor the leather.
Caring for Deerskin and Unfinished Leather
All leather needs care, but not all leather can be cared for in the same way. Exotic leathers like deerskin and unfinished leather, for instance, should not be conditioned or oiled. Treat these leather’s carefully, as they are among the hardest to clean. In fact, it’s a good idea to treat deerskin with a specially formulated protectant prior to wear. Should your deerskin or unfinished leather become dirty or soiled, try gently brushing the stain off with a firm brush.