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How to care for leather & suede

Our leather and suede products are investment pieces, designed to be enjoyed for years to come if properly looked after. Whether it’s for a shoulder bag or one of our signature biker jackets, we always take care to use the finest quality leather and suede available, responsibly sourced as a by-product of the food industry. Before production begins, we have independent accredited laboratories test them to ensure they conform to strict EU and international standards. Once you’ve taken them home though, there’s still a few simple things you can do to extend the life cycle of your leather & suede pieces – keep reading to find out our top tips.

Craftsmanship

Leather is a natural product, so variations in texture, grain and lustre are not uncommon between different skins. These are carefully selected for every garment and panels are individually cut by hand. Skilled leather workers assemble the cut panels with care and precision to form the final garment.

Care

Investment pieces as they are, our leather and suede styles can age well if properly looked after. But they can still be delicate – care should be taken to avoid rubbing delicate, smooth or patent leathers against rough or sharp surfaces to minimise scratching.

Water & drying

Exposure to heavy rain can permanently mark leather. If the garment does get wet, allow it to dry naturally away from direct heat. Do not ‘force dry’ (with a hair dryer or other heat source) – leather can become hard, dull or cracked if it’s dried too rapidly.

Storing your leather jacket

Our leather and suede jackets are best stored on a jacket hanger when not in use. Ensure the hanger is the correct length though – if it’s too long it may cause distortion to the upper arms, and if it’s too short it may cause the shoulder line to get distorted. If you’re planning on keeping it stored for any length of time (seasonally, for instance), it should be kept in a fabric cover.

Dos and don’ts

Never attach adhesive labels onto leather or suede – these can leave permanent marks, cause discolouration or remove some of the finish.

Specialist clean. If your garment gets heavily soiled or has any dark wet spots that don’t dry to their original colour, we advise getting it cleaned by a specialist as necessary. To make things easy, we’ve partnered with Johnsons Cleaners to offer you 10% off any treatment. All you need to do is quote ‘Mint Velvet’ at one of their 200 branches nationwide – find a location near you here.

Clean matching sets together. If you have matching suede or leather garments (like a jacket and skirt), we recommend that they are cleaned together – this is also true for any non-leather matching sets.

Do not use spot cleaners or white spirit on stains, they can permanently damage the leather.

Keep away from light fabrics or surfaces. Dark-coloured suedes and leathers can rub off onto light-coloured garments and upholstery due to the way these natural materials take in the dye. If any piece is susceptible of doing this, we will always include it in the care label.

Use a suede brush. Brushing your suede with a specialist brush is a great way of maintaining it, but make sure you use one designed specifically for suede, and never try using a wire bristled brush that could damage its delicate surface. Light rain can cause temporary darkening, but if you allow it to dry naturally, you can brush it gently to restore the original colour.

Seal shoes and bags with a protective spray. This should help prevent water marks or stains.

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