To keep your Ateljee leather items looking at its best you need to understand the leather and how to look after it. We mainly use tanned full-grain aniline leather which is the best quality premium leather there is. The surface of this type of leather is intact and shows the natural markings of the hide also known as full-grain leather. The full aniline silky finish is achieved by using translucent dyes and waxes which may be susceptible to fading and colour transfer. The natural defects on the leather confirms the authenticity of beautiful leather. We strive to appreciate the rawness and authenticity.
It is hard to keep a favourite piece made from leather looking brand new forever. Dirt build-up can and should be removed by wiping down with a dry cloth every week or so. Do NOT spot clean your bag with a wet cloth as this may leave water marks and may result in colour transfer. Water used on any leather will leave a mark if not handled and cleaned correctly. Just like water, oil will get absorbed very quickly into aniline leather. If you are unsure please refer to your nearest leather care specialist to assist in stain removal, to prevent further damage that may occur.
We also use top-coated leathers from time to time – these are leathers that have a print or texture or metallic finish and appear shiny or printed. These are used across our range and are often combined with aniline leathers to create bespoke combinations (e.g. Michél Bags)
Metal hardware: Always treat with care where metal hardware is used - wipe leather and hardware with a damp cloth and dry carefully
The Dasco range of leather cleaners is amazing for the clean some of the excess dirt, spots and spoils and can be used on all Ateljee products.