The Dos and Don'ts of caring & storing Italian leather bags that extend their lifespan.
The leather care information provided is to be used as a guide only and at the customer's discretion.
Only the Finest Leather
Our leather Alvie bags are handmade and Made in Italy using only the finest rescued Italian leather. Possible imperfections are not defects but characteristics typical of that particular hide. The best care for any leather product is always preventative care. Do not leave leather bags in direct sunlight, as this will cause fading.
Watch out for Water!
Water/rain can stain some leather bags, in particular bags with smooth, shiny, patent, or suede leather finishes. If the bag gets wet, ensure to pat dry, do not rub! Leave in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight to dry naturally. Do not use a hairdryer as this could cause harm to the leather. Excessive water can leave a mark on the leather, so pat dry immediately and allow the leather to dry naturally to eliminate further damage.
Keep it Fresh
Never store any leather products in a humid or damp environment as this could potentially harm the leather and cause mildew. Ensure that your leather product stores in a well-ventilated area, with a constant flow of clean air and away from direct sunlight.
Keep it Clean
Please be mindful that lipsticks, ink, or any other oil-based product could stain the lining or leather, making it difficult for even the professionals to clean. We highly recommend that any oil-based products like makeup be in a makeup bag. Always clean and dust leather bags using a soft cloth before storing and ensure that you empty the bag of all its content
Store with Care
We recommend when you're not using your bag to place white tissue paper or a non-transferable color paper inside so it remains in its natural shape. Please do not add a newspaper as this could stain the lining or the leather. If the bag has a middle compartment, dividing the interior into two separate sections, add a little tissue paper to both areas. We suggest that you lightly stuff the tissue paper into the bag and not overuse as this will prevent the leather from stretching and losing its shape. Store leather products in a dust bag or a pillowcase; this will allow the product to breathe and avoid damage or scratches.
If you stain your leather bag and want to have it cleaned, we recommend that you use a leather professional, but if you decide to clean the leather bag or accessory yourself, it's at your discretion. Please use diligence, read the product instructions carefully, and always test before use, preferably testing the product in an inconspicuous area, like inside the bag. Please note there are harmful chemicals in some products out there on the market that could damage or be absorbed by the leather and clog the pores, which will shorten your leather bag's life.