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CARE OF BAGS

 

Leather

 

Your Ally Capellino bag is made using the best leathers we can find. Every hide is unique and tonal variations, small marks or scars are natural features and should not be considered faults.

The tanneries who supply our beautiful vegetable tanned leathers adhere to an ecological rulebook and employ skilled artisans. These full grain leathers have no synthetic covering and are sensitively finished with oils and waxes. Vegetable tan leathers darken and develop with exposure to light, and this natural aging process gradually enhances the personality of your bag.
 
The supple Italian nappa used for the soft group has very stable dyes for the strong colours, but the metallic foil finish needs a little extra care against repeated abrasion.
 
Rain, grease and other liquids should be avoided as they may cause staining which is difficult and sometimes impossible to remove. Care should also be taken to avoid colour transfer from dark clothing onto light leathers, and dark leathers onto light coloured clothing.

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 this will cause it to loose shape and weaken the handles over time . 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 dust bag. For longer term storage undo strap buckles so that impressions are not created.( Three to four 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 it has 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 it is pouring with 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.

 

Waxed Cottons

Traditional British waxed cotton has been an Ally Capellino staple for more than ten years, for its durable and water resistant qualities. This shower resistant fabric cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, but allow any mud to dry, and then gently brush off with a soft brush. The fabric can be gently sponged with a damp cloth without detergent. Care must be taken not to get the leather wet.

Reproofing can help to maintain the waterproof qualities of this fabric, however please note that this process is only suitable for certain types of traditional waxed cotton. This season the mint colourway is suitable for reproofing. The black and tan colourways are made from a modern synthetic variation of the finish which is not suitable for reproofing.

 

Luxe Wax


The fabrics used in this group have similar features to the Waxy group. The navy colourway is suitable for reproofing. The special edition iGor in Khaki has the same synthetic variation. See ’Waxed Cottons’ for detail.


Canvas


Our lightweight cotton canvas is coated in wax giving it a shower proof finish. This fabric cannot be washed or dry-cleaned. Allow any mud to dry, and then gently brush off with a soft brush. The fabric can also be washed gently with a wet sponge, but care must be taken not to get the leather wet. Lighter colours could be subject to dye transfer from dark clothing. This fabric cannot be reproofed.


Cloud


This group combines polyurethane panels and vegetable tanned leather. These fabrics are incredibly durable, however care should be taken to avoid dye transfer from darker clothing. For further information on leather care please refer to the previous section.


Paper


This fabric is made in Italy from a mix of recycled natural cellulose with a small percentage of latex. No leather is used in the manufacture of these bags and they are therefore suitable for vegans. The fabric is very durable and washable. Bags without the metal frame may be machine washed at 30° using a mild non biological detergent. The bags with the metal frames should not be washed.