Love Your Leather Journal

Love Your Leather

We’re leather lovers. And BIG believers that a good leather bag should live a long life, by your side for all the years, evolving with you as you both become slightly more worn and battered…

Leather has long been used as a timeless material in the world of fashion, but at YBD Finds, you’ll find that most of our leather accessories are of a more vegetable variety. Vegetable leather stands out for its eco-friendly and artisanal qualities. Derived from natural plant tannins, it exudes a unique charm that only improves with age. So to ensure your pieces stand the test of time, we've compiled a little guide on how to care for them, allowing you to truly love your leather for years to come.

  1. Embrace the patina.
    Unlike other types of leather that may require constant maintenance, vegetable leather develops a rich patina over time, showcasing the unique marks and characteristics of its wearer's journey. Rather than fearing minor scratches or scuffs, embrace them as a testament to the leather's authenticity and individuality. With proper care, the patina will deepen, becoming more beautiful with age. Hey, don’t we all?
  2. Keep it moisturised.
    Just like our skin, leather benefits from regular moisturising. Applying a high-quality leather conditioner designed for vegetable leather helps retain its suppleness and prevents it from drying out or cracking. Remember to test the conditioner on a small, inconspicuous area before treating the entire item.
  3. Protect from moisture.
    While vegetable leather is more water-resistant than other types, it is crucial to protect it from prolonged exposure to moisture. Avoid using leather items during heavy rain or snow, and if they do get wet, gently pat them dry with a soft cloth and allow them to air-dry at room temperature.
  4. Store with care.
    When not in use, store your vegetable leather bags, apparel, and accessories properly. Keep them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, which can fade the leather over time. Use dust bags or pillowcases to shield them from dust and prevent scratches from other items.
  5. Gentle cleaning.
    In case your vegetable leather items become dirty or marked (as they do when out in the wild), opt for gentle cleaning methods. Dampen a soft cloth with water and mild soap, then wipe the affected area in a circular motion. Always follow up with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the leather's finish.

By following these essential care tips, you can ensure that your bags, whether vegetable leather or otherwise, remain in pristine condition, your companion for years to come. Embrace its unique charm as it ages. Let it show its own story of exploration and adventure. But care for it lovingly. We could all learn a lesson from that.