Materials & Care


We use only Spanish quality genuine leather from animals that have been reared as a food source. 

We use two different kinds of genuine leather types:

 

1. Leather

The leather we use is very resistant to stains, water and heat. Its very pliable, and supple, soft and pleasant to the touch.

CARE:  For cleaning we advise using warm water or a mild saddle soap with a

soft cloth while cleaning in small circular motions. 

 

 

2. Suede leather

Suede leather has a unique feel and look among leather types. It’s the soft and fuzzy underside of hide. But suede leather is more sensitive than the usual leather. Therefore it requires much more care:

 

Suede Care: Part 1 – Brushing

This involves a brass wire brush (for very short suede) or an actual suede brush (the kind with a visibly fuzzy nap). Perform quick, light strokes while using either one so the bristles get deep into the fibers removing dirt/scum or dust.

Always brush the nap of the suede in one direction. This keeps the item looking consistently clean and tidy. For suede with a longer nap, it's better to use a multi-headed brush or crepe brush for extra softness. Another option is the double-sided brush – with a soft-bristled brush on one side and a suede block on the other.

Cleaning Methods For Specific Types Of Stains

  • Mud Stains: Wipe away excess mud without pushing too hard against the suede then leave to dry. Break off the larger chunks with your hands before finishing with a suede brush.
  • Blood Stains: Dab at the stain with a peroxide-soaked cotton ball slowly until the blood comes out.
  • Wax/Chewing Gum: Put your item in the freezer for a few hours to harden the gooey substance so you can chip it off. Finish with a suede brush.
  • Coffee/Tea/Juice: Place two layers of paper towel over the stain before you start using a brush. Apply moderate pressure with your hands or a flat object.
  • Ink Spills: Quickly grab a paper towel and try to blot the ink up. If it sets, scrape the stain off with sandpaper or try using a rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton ball.
  • Salt Lines: Apply a small amount of white vinegar through a soft rag or towel. Let it dry and then agitate with a suede brush.
  • Oily/Unknown Stains: Use a suede brush to scrub the stain as you would for dirt or dust. Then use a nail brush with warm water to scrub off stubborn stains.

 

Suede Care: Part 2 – Protection Tips

All you need is a suede protector spray which you'll find in shoe repair stores

It's water- and dirt-repellant…and the best version would be a waterproof silicone-based spray with a neutral color.

When you've got this spray at home, learn to use it after each time you clean your suede and the item has fully dried. Here's how to apply the spray to your suede items:

  1. Check that the suede material is clean and dry (you would've done the appropriate cleaning method first).
  2. Test the spray on a small area to see if there's a drastic change in color.
  3. If the color is fine – spray the suede-covered areas of the upper and then spray the entire item evenly (some slight darkening overall is natural). Make sure you don't over-saturate.
  4. Do one final quick brush in a single direction over the suede.
  5. Let the item air-dry on a towel for 24 hours in a well-ventilated area.

 

How often should you spray your items?

I'd recommend spraying once every 2 months.

Note: Do NOT consider using leather creams or shoe polish. They don't work on suede the way they do on other leather types. They can disrupt the fibers and spoil your suede items even if they aren't stained or dirty.

 

Storage Tips

There are two main issues to watch out for when storing your suede: (1) direct sunlight and (2) a lack of air circulation. So you ought to keep them in a cool, dry place that doesn't receive sunlight. Suede that's left exposed to the sun can shrink, fade or harden. Avoid wrapping the items in plastic as well. The fibers in the suede need some breathing room.