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3 Tips for Caring for a Leather Bag

When it comes to the leather pieces in our wardrobes, we aren't always sure about the upkeep they truly require. So, when we spotted some handy tips for caring for a leather bag, we made sure to take notes…

1. Protect your bag: Keep the process as natural as possible by avoiding leather bags with topcoats. You want a natural patina to develop the more you use your bag. To guard against unwanted stains, try a leather protectant, which can be found at shoe repair shops, drugstores, or Amazon.

2. Give it a good cleaning once a year: It goes without saying for clothes, but keeping your bag clean goes a long way in prolonging the bag's life. Take your bag to a leather specialist once a year to help remove dirt and germs, allowing the natural character of the leather to show through. A local cobbler can be a great resource.

3. Soften the leather by hand: Leather bags can often become buttery-soft on their own, but there is an easy way to speed up the process. Start by laying your bag on a flat surface, and begin rolling it up (starting from the bottom). Next, starting from a different side, re-roll the bag. Then, if the bag allows, you can turn it inside out and start the process again.

Check out some of our favorite leather bags below, and head over to Madewell Musings for even more useful tips!