Care instructions

Care instructions for your ATP Atelier shoes and leather goods
 

VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER

The majority of ATP Atelier’s collections are made from vegetable-tanned Tuscan vacchetta leather. For us, this is a conscious choice on so many levels. The Italian artisanal tradition of vegetable tanning has been handed down from generation to generation – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Vacchetta leather doesn’t lie about its age. It tells the truth. Life isn’t pristine. ATP Atelier’s shoes will be with you on good workdays and bad dates. They’ll tell a story. Your story. And just like you, they’ll age gracefully.   

ATP Atelier loves vacchetta leather because it’s beautiful but also because it supports a more sustainable fashion cycle. Here are a few technical (bear with us) but important facts:

- Leather products treated with natural vegetable tannins are biodegradable and can be easily discarded at the end of their natural life
- The tanneries we employ reclaim hides from the food industry to prevent waste.
- These tanneries have made huge investments in depuration systems and waste recycling, to further promote sustainable environmental manufacturing practices.
- Many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused.
- Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substance such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI.

Sandals & Boots Leather

All ATP Atelier footwear has untreated leather soles. If you, like us, live in a climate that more often than not is wet due to rain or snow, you might want to protect the bottom of the shoe with a 1-2 mm rubber sole. Support you local shoe repair guy!

  1. Wash with a cloth dipped (not soaked) in water & soap. Pat dry.
  2. Apply a small amount of cream on a cotton cloth and work it in to the leather in circular motions, 2 – 3 cm at a time, until the cream is fully absorbed. If your leather sole is starting to wear out – apply some there too. Make sure to not get cream on the edges of the soles, though.
  3. Then slightly moisten the cloth with water and polish the shoe. Let dry and then apply wax for extra shine and to strengthen the impregnation.

Just let the shoe know you love her, basically

Sandals & Boots Special

Suede – Comb with a suede brush in a single direction and then spray with a suede protector, preferably one that is eco-friendly and isn’t out to kill our planet. Comb in the opposite direction and spray again. Repeat. You know the drill by now. To avoid spots, use a suede eraser as instructed on its packaging.

Snake – There actually are shoe care products developed especially for exotic leathers. Buy those. Then start by wiping the material with a slightly damp cloth in the direction of the scales. Brush gently with a brush of goat hair. Try to get underneath the scales without lifting them. Then apply the product for exotic leathers according to the provided instruction. Afterwards, buff again using a goat-hair brush.

Extra – If your shoes get wet, which is not unlikely, you know - life is messy, pat them dry and let air dry for two days. We encourage you to switch between different shoes from day to day. They need a little rest every week. We’re sure you can relate. And if you want the shoes to maintain their shape and contour, use a shoe block whenever you’re not using them.

Bag Care Leather

Our bags are designed to stand the test of time. But a little TLC doesn’t hurt, either. If you, like us, live in a climate that more often than not is wet due to rain or snow, it’s even more important to care for your leather goods. This is how you do it.

  1. Wash with a cloth dipped (not soaked) in water & soap. Pat dry.
  2. Apply a small amount of cream on a cotton cloth and work it in to the leather in circular motions, 2 – 3 cm at a time, until the cream is fully absorbed.
  3. Then slightly moisten the cloth with water and polish the bag. Let dry and then apply wax for extra shine and to strengthen the impregnation.

Basically, let the bag know you love her.

Bag Care Extra

Suede – Comb with a suede brush in a single direction and then spray with a suede protector, preferably one that is eco-friendly and isn’t out to kill our planet. Comb in the opposite direction and spray again. Repeat. You know the drill by know. To avoid spots, use a suede eraser as instructed on its packaging.

Snake – There actually are care products developed especially for exotic leathers. Buy those. Then start by wiping the material with a slightly damp cloth in the direction of the scales. Brush gently with a brush of goat hair. Try to get underneath the scales without lifting them. Then apply the product for exotic leathers according to the provided instruction. Afterwards, buff again using a goat-hair brush.

Extra – If your bag gets wet, which is not unlikely, you know - life is messy, pat it dry and let air dry for two days. Exposure to water will create spots. However, the patina created by daily wear and tear will fade and change over time.

If the shoes get wet; please pat dry and let them air dry for 2 days with shoe trees and repeat care before wearing them again. Clean them often and your shoes will last longer.