Leather Care

You can enjoy your leather goods for years if you take good care of it.

There are many types of leathers, each serving a different purpose. Some require a bit more maintenance than others, but these general guidelines can help ensure a long life for any type of leather.

All of our leathers are meticulously examined from the tannery before it is deemed ready for our artisans. The tanning processes ensure that the natural grain and DNA of the leather is not compromised. We believe that the more naked the product’s finish, the more luxurious it is. As this leaves the leather’s surface more vulnerable to potential scuffing or marking, however, it also demands a level of care and upkeep. Due to the balance of materials and processes involved, detailing such as edge-painting is not completely resistant to damage and can very occasionally be susceptible to sudden or prolonged atmospheric changes such as temperature and humidity. Should you wish to redo the edge paint of your KATRE item, contact us.

Every hide is unique, and while we consider this to be a part of the beauty of working with this beautiful, organic material, it also means that natural blemishes can sometimes occur. Signs of veining, wrinkling or colour nuances may be noticeable in their grain. These are all characteristics consistent with a genuine raw material; they are not imperfections but rather subtle evidence of the leathers’ purity.

If you encounter a “perfect” leather, one that resists scratches and not one sign of grain is present, chances are they have been treated with laminates or spray paints to cover its imperfections which makes it low-grade or partly synthetic.

For small scratches, try rubbing it gently with a clean fingertip (not the nails!). The natural oils in your skin should remove most small scratches. For dirt, grime or surface residue, use a soft, damp (not wet) cloth. Sometimes, baby wipes do the trick! Gently rub - not scrub. For a deeper clean, we suggest taking them to a professional leather cleaner. If you wish to do it yourself, always test in a hidden area to ensure the cleaner is compatible with the leather. Follow the instructions as stated on the cleaner.

*Do not use leather cleaner or conditioner on suede or nubuck leathers.

To preserve your leather and keep it looking supple; do not use a conditioner that contains caustic chemicals, harmful abrasives or leave any greasy residue behind. As always, test the conditioner in a hidden area with a soft, clean cloth to ensure its compatibility with the leather. Follow the instructions of your leather care product.

Remember that leather is a natural material and should be stored in a breathable bag, not plastic, to prevent the growth of mildew and bacteria. While it is wise to give it a buff of your favorite leather cleaner before you store it in its dustbag (where provided), it is best to take it out once in a while and give it a good run. Remember, leather is skin and it still needs air to “breathe”. We think that all the marks that your item will bear throughout its use are signs of love and give your item its own unique personality.

Prolonged exposure of your leather products to sunlight or other high intensity sources of light can lead to irreversible discolouring, fading and deformation of the leather. Do not expose to wet, damp or humid conditions or high temperatures. Water can be harmful if it penetrates the leather and can lead to the appearance of bubbles or marks which cannot be removed. Never soak the leather nor apply detergents and do not wash the fabric lining. Refrain from ‘feeding’ the leather with products such as waxes, polishes or saddle soaps. This may leave the surface of the leather sticky, attracting dirt and causing irreversible damage.