To my dearest:
So you’ve recently purchased a long coveted item on your wish list! It’s finally in your hands! What should you do with it now? It’s so sparkly new and that leather just feels so good on the hands – absolutely luxurious! But, you’re afraid to take it out on a spin because you want it to stay beautiful like this for just a while longer.
I’m sure we all feel that way, but you buy something to use it! It has a purpose to fulfill! It would be unfair for you to just leave it in it’s packaging for it to collect dust. Use it well and love it more. However, you paid a good price on it and consider it an investment. Of course you would want it to endure the test of time. So before you take it out for a spin, you can take some easy steps to protect your new beloved. This can work for leather, calfskin, lambskin and certain exotic skins. You can use it on your new bag, small leather goods, or even shoes.
First, you want to condition your items. They have some sort of skin – be it leather or something more delicate like lambskin. Since it is skin, you can expect that it needs nourishment like your own to keep it from drying and cracking. There are many options out there that can do the job. If you google “leather lotion” you will find a long list! But fear not! I’m here to give you the best! I always do plenty of research before purchasing anything, so I’d like to call myself a smart buyer. For a good leather conditioner, I would go for the Cadillac Boot and Shoe Leather Lotion. It’s name implies “boot and shoe” only, but when you read it’s description. It can actually be used on practically anything leather!
- WIDE RANGING USE: Cadillac Boot and Shoe Leather Lotion is the perfect solution to revitalize handbags, purses, shoes, boots, jackets, coats, couches, sofas, car upholstery, wallets, belts and more.
- WAX FREE FORMULA: Cadillac Select will not harden your leather products. Our wax free formula is perfect for keeping leather in its optimum state for a better look and feel overall.
- EXOTIC LEATHERS AND REPTILE SKINS: Effectively cares for all types of exotic leather and reptile skin. Alligator, Crocodile, Caiman, Snake, Lizard, Ostrich, Elephant, and many more!
- MADE IN THE USA: All of Cadillac’s products are made entirely in the United States. We take pride in our manufacturing process as well as our customer service.
- GET RID OF WATER SPOTS AND PREVENT LEATHER CRACKING: Once applied, Cadillac Boot and Shoe Leather Lotion will work to restore or enhance the overall look and feel of your leather shoes, boots, furniture, hand bags, purses, and other leather goods.
It boasts a lot, but I’ve used it on plenty of things. From my Celine to my Chanel – from the most delicate lambskin to durable embossed leather. I coat everything with this and there has been no problems. I’ve had minor cracks near the stitching areas of my Celine wallet, which is lambskin. While, it did not cause the crack to go away, it did smooth it out. I also find that the cracks never got worse than what it already was, so that’s a plus in my books. It works great even on my lambskin Chanel and they’re known for their delicacy and ease of scratch. I’ve used this and have not gotten any noticeable scratches on my lambskin Chanel and I’ve used it frequently for a month. So don’t be afraid. Go ahead and use this on your delicate skinned items! Just take a soft cloth, squeeze a quarter size amount and rub in circular motion by section. The price is also unbeatable for less than $9 USD on Amazon. I also know many luxury boutique S.A swears by this product so that’s saying a lot. Not to mention, this product is also perfect for massaging away minor scratches!
GET IT HERE from AMAZON: Cadillac Boot and Shoe Leather Lotion 8 Fl Oz – Conditions, Cleans, Restores, Protects and Polishes all Colors of Leather – Works on Footwear, Furniture, Handbags, Jackets, Wallets and More.
Now, second and final step before you take your baby out for a spin. Do not forget a water repellant spray! I can not stress this enough. Water stains are the worst to get out of leather goods! And you know, that wine or soda you may accidentally spill on it at your next cocktail party. Or God forbid, the waiter just knocks over something on his way over. There’s too many unforeseen circumstances for you to be hanging out with your new baby unprotected. Spraying on a good coat of water repellant will also help to some degree with color transfer. The one I recommend would be Collonil Classic Water Stop Spray + UV Protection.
This does the job to repel water and protect against UV rays. We understand the water part, but why do we need to protect against UV rays? Simple. UV rays will cause color change in the long run. If you have a vibrant red bag, in due time, the color may fade due to being overexposed to UV rays. And it’s a nightmare because like beach tans, they turn out uneven. What you’ll be left with is an uneven colored bag. This spray is so awesome because it kills two birds with one stone by doing two chores in one simple spray. And guess what? This is actually the brand Mulberry recommends to use on their bags. And it’s usually less than $15 USD on Amazon. Just make sure to spray evenly and let it dry. It typically takes only 15-30 minutes to dry.
GET IT HERE from AMAZON: Collonil Waterstop +UV-Protection
Both products are worth the price for the amount. You can use it multiple times on multiple items. Remember, this is not a one time protection process for your items. Make sure you check the condition of your items as you use them and redo these steps accordingly. I typically do this process every season, so every 4 months or so.
I hope this will help you confidently take your baby out with less fear. I’ll write back with how to protect suede and velours soon! Will post a link below when it’s ready! Write back to me and let me know if you swear by any other products! I’d be happy to know what else works! Or if you have used this, what are you experiences with it? Do share!
Thanks again for reading!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.