Leather is a natural product. By the time it is processed, treated, dyed, and stitched it may look unnatural in a very pleasing way, but the same characteristics that make it so attractive can also make it tricky to clean.
Mom is always quick to point out that light colors will look grubby much sooner than dark ones. This should not stop anyone who really wants that white purse, but take a moment to consider that an item in use every day will look nicer for longer in a darker color, and then decide to consider that a purchasing factor—or not.
Are you really going to turn down everything that isn’t black? We didn’t think so.
Handbags and wallets get a lot of handling and exposure to the elements. It would be difficult, not to mention pointless, to try and draw a line between reasonable and unreasonable use. Most women know exactly what their handbags cost and very few would intentionally abuse them. However, if it’s possible to do any of the following things even some of the time, they will prolong the life and appearance of the leather:
No matter how careful you are yourself, accidents happen. Unstable dyes in clothing (such as denim) can rub or soak into your leather backpack. Another bar patron can spill his drink all over the bag you hung on the back of your chair. A blotch of salad dressing on the restaurant table can end up on your wallet. An uncapped pen can leave unwanted decorations on your favorite purse.
Sometimes you can’t do a thing about these accidents but it rarely hurts to try.
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