A holiday at the sea, a bike tour or a motorbike excursion: the summer days are more and more dynamic and funny and, if you count to bring your “faithful” leather backpack with you, it is good to know that in case of unexpected stains, there is no need to despair because everything can be solved. Moreover, to keep the leather in good condition, do not forget a little “maintenance”, which means to hydrate it periodically.
Here are three practical tips to clean your backpack or your leather bag.
Do not use water, in order to avoid worsening the situation. For instance, on the leather, we could create halos that are difficult to remove.
Much depends on the type of stain: if it is a slight trace of dirt, you can take a cotton swab or a white rag soaked with neutral detergent milk (the one you use to remove make-up on your face).
With the cotton swab gently rub the stain and let the backpack dry, avoiding direct sun, if possible.
How to do the “ordinary maintenance” of your leather backpack?
Sometimes the leather needs to be hydrated – especially in the Summer, when it is more exposed to the sun, heat and wind – just like the skin of our body, you can use a fairly solid moisturizer, not overly greasy.
For polishing, you can use an old grandma’s remedy: rub a pair of nylon stockings to make the backpack shinier and ready for the whole Summer.
Capacious, practical and always fashion! It is the travel bag in leather, the best choice for the holidays, the best companion that allows to take with you everything you need, to the sea and to the mountains, and to travel with an extra gear. Spacious and comfortable, the leather bag is a perfect ally for your adventures and your summer travels. Whatever the goal is, its functionality is right for every situation!
You will make a great impression arriving at the hotel or the holiday village with your leather bag, which will not only resist the signs of aging and effort, but will give you that extra touch of charm!
For every need
Whether for an outdoor weekend or for a longer and more demanding holiday, if you are going to the sea, opt for a leather bag, strictly made in Italy, generous in the spaces, vigorous and with a sober but decisive style.
With shoulder strap or reinforced handles, inside and outside pockets in classic, vintage or more modern style, in the trolley or bag version: its capacity will allow you to organize everything for the travel and facilitate transport by car, by train, by plane…
Elegance and high quality
The travel leather bag offers a mix of functionality, elegance and design to those who choose it. The style is unique, as well as the resistance. That’s why you can not live without it!
Italian craftsmanship is characterized by valuable materials and class products that stand out and can make the difference, especially when you have to undertake a longer journey, you need space and you are looking for durability and resistance.
We could list even more, but in this article we have chosen to be short, so we will give you “only” five good reasons to prefer the leather bag. Do not forget that leather bags are among the accessories designed to last longer in your closets, are affordable with the advantage of making us always look good. In addition, a leather bag has a unique, unmistakable scent that no other accessory has.
Quality, versatility and durability are the main advantages of leather fashion accessories: keep this in mind in your next shopping tour!
The leather bag goes well with everything from an evening dress to simple jeans and t-shirts. The beauty of the leather is that it is versatile and suitable for many different occasions. And it’s like wine: it gets even better with time, giving that vintage touch that is so classy.
High quality at an affordable price
Today the bags, backpacks and wallets made by leather craftsmen have prices that are accessible for everyone. Moral: you do not need to spend a fortune to bring home a quality product and make you look great!
Capacious and resistant
Leather is a durable, robust and wear-resistant material. It is a faithful bag, suitable for both work and leisure, made of an extremely elastic material and therefore able to contain more personal items and support the weight of everyday life without suffering damage.
Enemy of the stains
Genuine leather is washable and resistant not only to time but also to stains. So, do not worry, if ice cream or a little ‘cocktail will pour on the bag during a more cheerful evening…. Your leather bag will remain the faithful companion of all time, without stains or unwanted halos.
Hypoallergenic and “green”
Leather is hypoallergenic par excellence because it does not have a porous fiber; therefore, it can not accommodate powders or mites. So, if you choose a bag made with this material, it will be very difficult to find it dusty at the bottom of the drawer or closet after a season of downtime. Another noteworthy detail is that leather is processed according to regulated processes and respecting the environment, and the bags, like other fashion accessories, are produced with “recycled” leather from cattle for slaughter. So there is no waste or unnecessary sacrifice.
Like a mobile phone, the wallet is one of those objects that we always have with us. For this reason, it should be a practical accessory, rather elegant and in tune with our style.
Let’s see together some advice to choose the most suitable wallet, the one that best suits our daily use and that can make us look good when we take it out from the bag or from the pocket.
Identify the ideal model
It is not easy to find the perfect model, but the basic advice is to privilege three things: capacity (based on the necessary content), simplicity and practicality.
Be aware of your style
Having clear ideas always helps, this is certain. Even for the choice of the wallet, it is good to follow your own style, wondering if a more sporty and casual model or a more classic and elegant one is better.
The most classic and qualitatively good is certainly the leather wallet, although synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, denim or aluminum are increasingly common. Other more sought-after materials, such as crocodile and python, are more in vogue for men, while silk and velvet are decidedly for women. The leather wallet, however, always wins: suitable for both work and professional situations, an evergreen that never goes out of fashion.
Having clear what to put in the wallet and what not
Four things must surely come into the wallet: documents, money and credit / debit cards and photos of the dearest people. The rest, such as fidelity cards, and receipts can be put in a clutch or in a separate container. Super slim wallets, for example, are comfortable if we travel with few documents.
Better an easily accessible model, with a practical closure
The safest in women’s wallets is undoubtedly the zipper: it guarantees a comfortable and protected closure, a defense against distracted hands. The “bi-fold” model is instead the most widespread, classic and practical for men.
Choose a color that you really like and do not get tired of
Those looking for something more classic and natural are usually more oriented towards a black or brown bovine leather wallet. However, the color is a very subjective detail and, if excessive, is likely to make us stew. The colorful or fancy wallets on the market are not lacking, they are very youthful and lend themselves to a more frequent change.
With the term tanning, we mean those operations to which the skins of animals are subjected in order to make them imputrescible and transform them into leather, in practice, in order to preserve them and work them.
Tanning is one of the oldest activities, which dates back to prehistory, when men realized they could use the skins of the hunted animals to cover themselves and protect themselves from the cold and rain.
The only problem was that the material tended to decompose after a few days…
The origins of tanning
Perhaps by chance, the man realized that if the skin had been exposed to the smoke of the fire or immersed in water, then it lasted longer. This was the discovery of “aldehyde tanning” (of which the smoke of fresh woods is rich) and “vegetable tanning” (contained in wood and in all plants).
Aldehydes, tannins and lime (the limescale of the stones due to the effect of heat is transformed into lime, which with water forms lime off) are substances that still today, even if with different methods, are part of modern tanning processes.
From artisan practice to industrial activity
For many centuries the tanning technology had remained substantially unchanged, until the second half of the 19th century, when the drum was introduced, a machine consisting of a cylinder rotating around its axis, which marked the transition from craft to industrial activity. Water, skins and chemicals were introduced into the drum.
The mechanical action of rotation greatly favors the penetration of the products inside the skin; therefore the tanning process, which previously lasted many months, turned out to be quite accelerated.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the real turning point took place with the introduction of chrome tanning, – thanks to the tanning capacity of the trivalent chromium compounds – which is able to bind permanently to the skin making it imputrescible.
Various types of tanning processing
Before going on to the actual tanning operations, which tend to give the leather the greatest resistance, the maximum impermeability to water and the maximum porosity to air and water vapor (sweat), there are some preliminary steps for the preparation of leather, the so-called “beamhouse” operations: soaking, liming, unhairing and scudding, deliming and bating, pickling.
To get even more in detail and know what are the various types of tanning, we mention a few:
Chrome tanning, this mineral makes the leather particularly soft.
Aniline tanning, a type of tanning based on the use of aniline that gives the products a particular luster and color transparency.
Vegetable tanning, a process consisting in transforming skin into leather with the use of peel of plants that produce natural tannic juices in water; this treatment is carried out in pits and serves to obtain sole leather.
Mineral tanning, made with chromium or aluminum salts, which produces light, soft and tough leather.
Mixed tanning, a vegetable tanning in pits, tanks or vats and then drums, with the use of tannic extracts more concentrated than the juices derived from the peels.