Our shoes, bags & leather goods 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.
Wash your darling leather items with a cloth dipped (not soaked) in water & soap. Pat dry. Then 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. And for bags, avoid using colored leather cream on bags, as there is a risk excess cream discoloring your clothing.
Slightly moisten the cloth with water and polish the shoe. Let dry and then apply wax for extra shine and to strengthen the impregnation. Clean your leather goods often and she will last longer. Just let her know you love her, basically.
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.
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. Apply the product for exotic leathers according to the provided instruction. Afterwards, buff again using a goat-hair brush.
Most 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 your local shoe repair guy!
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.
If your bag gets wet, you follow the same steps. Exposure to water will create spots. However, the patina created by daily wear and tear will fade and change over time.
While salt stains not only look unpleasant they can also cause damage to your shoes. Salt stains can be reduced or removed completely by mixing water together with a few drops of lemon or special agent and applying with a cloth or sponge. After shoes have dried, treat with shoe polish or spray.
THE GOOD STUFF ON 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!
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.
Products made of suede, printed calf leather or exotic leathers such as python are unfortunately not vegetable tanned – simply because we have not yet developed a good way of doing so. But, they are still produced in a way to have minimal impact on the environment, for example by only employing factories that use closed-loop water systems.
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