Sourcing and Preparation
All of our leathers come from small or family businesses who we know are committed to sustainable, ethical trade. We work closely alongside them in choosing each hide, only selecting the best parts for making our accessories. From there, every bit of leather is treated using centuries-old traditional techniques designed to make the leather tactile but durable and able to improve through wear. Our preparation process puts the leather through multiple stages of oiling, waxing and conditioning – a lot of time, attention and care goes into ensuring our leather will not only be able to withstand all of life’s adventures, but will even improve with age.
Wax Oil Sample
As an organic substance leather benefits from ongoing care now and again. In addition to our extensive preparation process for our leather, we give you a free sample of the wax oil we use to keep the material supple. If the leather ever seems to be drying too much you can apply a small amount of it to the strap. We would recommend using an amount similar to the amount of lip balm you might apply to your lips – a little goes a long way. The beauty of this wax oil is that you need very little, and it can be applied directly onto the leather while you are wearing it. It dries quickly and does not stain clothes.
Dab your index finger in the sample pot and get a bit on your index fingertip. Hold the leather between that and your thumb, and rub along the length of the leather lace or cord. We recommend you rub it into the leather for 2-3 minutes for best effect, using additional wax oil as needed. Don’t worry about applying too much, as you can easily wipe off any excess with a soft cloth or paper or tissue.
Other Oils, Creams and Moisturisers
We have prepared our leather in such a way that you should not need to take it off. It will benefit from the natural oils in your skin, and being used and touched. You also won’t need to worry about getting organic or natural moisturisers, oils, balms, or creams on the leather.
Salt Water and other Extreme Conditions
If you are regularly exposing your leather to salt water and other extreme environments, you might need to give your accessory a little extra TLC: after prolonged exposure to salt water the leather can stiffen slightly, or seem a little drier. Whilst this won’t necessarily “damage” the piece, you might prefer to use the wax oil more frequently to keep the material soft and supple.
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