Around this time every year, I begin my preparations for the fall season by taking inventory of my summer shoes and bags to see if they need fixing before storing them away. I wasn’t always this diligent with the care of my accessories that is until I began going to my local Cobbler.
Alfa Shoe and Luggage Repair shop has been in business for over 30 years. Greg, the owner is a Cobbler with plenty of experience and wisdom about the care of shoes and accessories . After many years of visiting Alfa Shoe and Luggage Repair, I have learned several useful tips from Greg for caring for my leather goods and below are 5 simple ones to remember.
Repair at first of wear.
Bring leather bags and shoes in as soon as you see visible wear and tear. The sooner you address the source of the problem, the simpler it will be correct and repair.
Lighten your Load.
Only carry essentials in your handbag or brief case, do not over load it or the straps will be strained and begin to rip.
Stay above ground.
Whenever possible, place your handbag on a clean smooth surface. Keep it off the floor because if it gets a stain it may be difficult to decipher the origin of this stain.
Many thanks to Greg and Alpha Shoe and Luggage Repair for these tips that have helped me over the years to maintain my vintage leather bags, I hope they help you also!
Do you have any other tips you use when caring for your leather accessories? Please share below in the comments section.