Care of Bags
Looking after Leather
Leather is known for its durability, versatility and strength and has been around for as long as men have been hunters. With a bit of care and attention it will last you a life-time.
Take care not to over-fill your bag as over time this will cause it to loose shape and weaken the handles. When you’re not using your bag, stuff it with bubble wrap, it doesn’t attract the moths like tissue paper, and store it in its duster bag. For longer term storage undo strap buckles so that impressions are not created.
3-4 times a year use a leather conditioning cream to keep the leather supple and stop it from drying out.
Babywipes are good for keeping the leather clean, or you can try dampening a soft cloth with mild hand soap and warm water and wiping the surface. Don’t scrub it, but rub a little conditioner in after its dried.
It is difficult to remove stains from leather, so don’t let biros and make up loose in your bag. Be careful of pigment transfer from dark coloured clothing, denim is a regular culprit. Oil, grease and ink are nearly impossible to remove. Fresh stains such as spilled liquids or food should be cleaned up immediately with a damp cloth or leather cleaner. Before using any products, always test a small, non-visible area first such as the base. Apply product to a cloth rather than directly onto the leather.
Leather isn’t waterproof, if its pouring rain, it might be better to use a different bag. However if it does get wet, blot with a paper towel, and then pack loosely with paper and allow it to dry naturally. Never place it in direct heat or sunlight for prolonged periods of time as this may cause the leather to crack or the colour to fade unevenly.
Surface marking or scuffs that appears on some natural finish leathers are often superficial and a result of the displacement of the oils in the leather. You can usually rub these out with a little bit of pressure from your finger.
Leather ages naturally, colours can change and darken with use, these tend to be characteristics of Ally Capellino bags. They are intended to be worn and loved and they will improve with age.
Looking after waxed cottons
Autumn/Winter Waxy group & LuxeWax
Our waxed cotton bags are proofed with a natural or synthetic wax. The natural, traditional one that we use in the winter is heavier and slightly sticky feeling. Traditional Wax bags cannot be washed or dry-cleaned. Allow any mud to dry, then gently brush off with a soft, lint free, fabric pad. Sponge with cold water if needed. Always allow your bag to dry thoroughly after use in a cool, airy environment. Never pack away damp. Reproofing will maintain the weatherproof qualities and extend bag's life. Use only British Millerain wax dressing as some products are inferior and may reduce garments performance and life. Never use soap or solvents.
Spring/Summer Waxy group
The waxed cotton that we use in the spring season is called Driden®. British Millerain Driden® fabrics have been designed to be machine washable at 30ºC. The laundering process enhances the distressed appearance of the fabric, adding to the character of the bags. Driden® fabrics can also be pressed using a cool iron which will reduce the distressing, partially restoring the original appearance. Driden® is lighter and dryer to touch and you should be able to sponge it down to clean it. There is no need for re-proofing.