Care of Bags
The Vegetable Tan Process Ally Capellino is known for its robust, artisan leathers. Tanning is the process that converts animal skin to leather and since 6000bc the natural process of vegetable tanning has been the way it’s been done. The natural tannins found in bark, leaves, seeds and roots are blended and soaked with the skins over days or weeks. Each hide is unique and tonal variations as well as small marks or scars are part of the inherent nature of the material. The leathers will patinate beautifully, darkening gradually over time. All our small leather goods are made in England and use the natural vegetable tan process. The black and brown washed leather is an AC ongoing classic that we have named ‘Calvert’, as it feels so close to home. The men’s and women’s casual leather bags and the frame bags are all available in Calvert Leather. The women’s smooth leather of the Jetset group in navy and the Fold group’s leathers are also tanned naturally. Polish with leather care cream to keep them supple and protected against staining. Scuffs can be reduced with gentle rubbing to warm the oils in the leather, but water, grease, perfumes, biro inks and direct light or heat may leave permanent damage. Beware of colour transfer from darker leathers onto lighter coloured clothing and vice versa, denim can be a particular enemy. The metallic finish in the blue Fold pieces is a foil and should not be treated roughly. Whilst the foil adhesion is good, with heavy use there could be slight evidence of wear in places.
The Mineral Tan Process
In 1858 mineral tanning was found to be very much quicker than vegetable tanning, and the resulting leathers softer and more flexible allowing for thinner skins. The colours are also more resistant to light damage and staining, but the process is less environmentally friendly. The brighter colours of the frame bags in the powder blue and the Jetset mint colour are mineral tanned.
Waxy One of our signature fabrics is traditionally manufactured shower-resistant British waxed cotton. The fabric was originally developed for mariners from as early as the C15th. It cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, but can be sponged gently with a damp cloth. Always allow the item to dry thoroughly after use in a cool, airy environment. Never pack away damp. Re proofing will maintain the waterproof qualities and extend your bag’s life.
Nylon The nylon fabric has a proofed finish on the reverse. To clean sponge with a damp cloth.
Canvas Our 14oz canvas has a wax finish to protect it. Light sponging on the canvas can be used for surface dirt. Lighter colours can be affected by dye transfer from dark clothing especially denim which could be very difficult to remove.
Ripstop The Ripstop group is made without any leather. The nylon fabric has a PU waterproof coating on the reverse. The straps are moulded silicone. The bags are machine washable at low temperatures and we advise turning them inside out for both washing and hanging to dry. The metal fittings are pvd coated, to the strongest finish, but slight wear is normal
Travel / Cycle The ballistic nylon used for the travel group is trademarked ‘Cordura’ which guarantees its durability and resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs. The bags are tested to international travel standards and are also PU proofed. Both sizes of the holdall can be taken as cabin baggage but we do not recommend them for hold luggage. The bags are very light and will fold down to take up minimal wardrobe or under-bed space. The cycle pieces have a reflective strip for night safety. The fabric will take quite a vigorous scrub with detergent to remove dirt, but keep water away from the leather handles.
Coated Linen The unbleached natural Linen fabric is waterproof coated, but the characteristic slubs in the yarn remain visible. To clean, the fabric can be sponged gently with a damp cloth, taking care not to get the leather wet. Avoid wearing dark clothing, especially denim, with the lighter coloured bags as they could attract dye transfer from dark clothing.