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 air dried. Be careful of pigment transfer from dark coloured clothing, denim is a regular culprit.
Oil, grease and ink are nearly impossible to remove. 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. Leather ages naturally, light colours will darken with use, I make belts to last, they are intended to be worn and loved and they will improve with age.
All belts are hand made from robust, artisan Natural vegetable tanned (sometimes known as botanically tanned) leather, made in the traditional fashion using plant tannins such as tree bark and roots, blended and soaked with the skins over weeks. This process is entirely organic using no harsh chemicals, resulting in a leather that feels beautiful and ages just the way you always want, but so rarely get. Each hide is unique and tonal variations as well as small marks or scars are part of the inherent nature of the material. These leathers have no synthetic covering and are sensitively finished with natural oils and waxes, meaning they will patinate beautifully, darkening gradually over time. After a couple of months wear they will break in to become beautifully soft and turn the colour of honey. Belts are cut from the butt section of the hide, this is the strongest, most durable and most expensive section of the skin, starting out quite stiff but soon softening up into a gloriously supple state.
WAXED COTTON CARE
Bags are made from modern, durable waxed cotton curtesy of British Millerain and Temple-Moyle Mills, they are silk wax cotton, so have a dryer feel to traditional waxed fabric, yet are as durable and water resistant. The fabric can be gently sponged with a damp cloth without detergent to clean, alternatively allow mud to dry, and then gently brush off with a soft brush.