All products made from natural leathers, like bags and accessories, will age with time. This doesn’t detract from their beauty, but rather adds to it. A well looked after and aged leather bag is just beautiful as a new one, if not even more so. Just like worn jeans and scuffed boots, a bag that looks like it’s been through some wear and tear always draws eyeballs.
The ageing effect of leather is called ‘Patina’ and it’s a very cherished and admired effect. This is almost impossible to replicate properly. The patina develops through the natural natural wear and tear that leather bags go through from everyday use. The ageing process adds character to a satchel and gives it a life-story of its very own. Every mark, scratch and crack tells a tale.
All leather loses moisture and oils over time and with handling. As a hide dries out it’s more likely that the fibres that make up the surface of the skin will break rather than stretch. Every animal hide is unique and some will have less natural oils than others. The more we handle a product made from leather the quicker it will lose its natural flexibility due to its oils and moisture being transferred to our hands and environment.
So don’t worry if you feel the bag doesn’t look the same. Just as we grow and change, so does the bag. For tips on how to take care of your leather bags so that they become trusty lifelong companions, you can refer to the previous blog
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