How do I keep my bag in the best possible condition? A commonly asked question here at Xupes.
Upon your purchase our handbag experts offer the best advice we can regarding storage and protecting your investment.
Many collectors come to a crossroad when building their handbag collection; this can be due to several reasons. Perhaps the days of wielding a Hermès Birkin 35cm are done and a crossbody like a Hermès Evelyne is more appropriate for a fashion-conscious new mother.
Whatever the reason, we are here to assist you and ensure you get the best out of your handbag and maintain the greatest possible resale value.
1 - Stuff
To keep your handbag in shape, we suggest keeping the item stuffed when it is not in use. We often use bubble wrap, air pockets and acid-free/non-perfumed tissue paper. It is easy to over stuff your handbag so just ensure your fastenings are closing without strain as this will result in the leather to sag over time.
2 - Storage
The way you store your handbag is a key element of maintaining the shape and condition. We recommend keeping your items in the original box, if you have it. However, if you have misplaced the original, a box with at least a 1cm circumference around the sides of the handbag’s entirety will be suitable; this saves the handbag from being squashed and mis-shaped. If you do not have the storage space for multiple boxes, you should keep your handbag stored flat and in a dust bag.
If you are storing a handbag with loose hardware like metal chains, charms or detached zips for example; we suggest wrapping each hardware part and to store the chain inside the interior item. This prevents press marks and scratches to the exterior material; you’d be at higher risk of storage blemishes if your handbag is crafted in soft and supple leather such as lambskin.
Never hang your bag by the straps or handles, this will distort the overall shape of this area of the bag and will also loosen the stitching keeping it together
We advise not to over handle your handbags should you not be using them. If you have a large collection of handbags, labelling each item in your closet is a great way of saving yourself time and prevents you from removing them from their boxes or dust bags unnecessarily.
3 - Cover
Keeping your handbags covered is an important care requirement, we recommend keeping your handbag stored in the original dust bag it came accompanied by. If you no longer have the original dust bag or did not obtain a replacement upon purchase, you can also use a soft breathable fabric such as cotton pillow case to store the item, try to avoid using anything too colourful, as this may open you up to colour transfer.
4 - Treat with respect
Although some leathers are more durable than others leaving your bag on the floor will increase the risk of corner wear and your handbag will collect bacteria; your bag deserves a seat too.
Handbags are susceptible to rain damage; this is also something that you will need to consider. Like other brands Hermès provide a rain coat with various models.
Softer leathers and lighter colours are more open to the risk of discoloration, oil transfer from your hands can cause your bag to show signs of patina. We recommend keeping a non-oil-based hand sanitiser in your bag to help prevent this.
5 - Clean
We get many questions on how to clean leather handbags appropriately. We would only recommend doing this when it is totally necessary to prevent drying out the leather; we advise using alcohol/fragrance free antibacterial wipes. With an exotic leather handbag, we would recommend using a dry soft cotton cloth to dust the handbag and refrain from getting it wet.