The Leather Laundry is catering to Mumbai – Leather Dry Cleaning and Repair Service for Luxury Shoes & Handbags

Dear Mumbai Patrons,

We keep getting a lot of queries, so we decided to make a blog post about the same 🙂

TLL is very much catering to patrons in Mumbai. We have a virtual office in Cuffe Parade, not a shop/showroom. So we do not have a direct customer interface , but operate more like a call centre with a door pick-up and drop-off service through our trusted logistics partners in Mumbai.

We have earned the trust and accolades of a number of patrons in Mumbai over the last 1.5 years and they seem to be very delighted and satisfied with our portfolio of services.

We are niche spa service for premium leather goods- We clean, colour, restore, revive and repair all things leather! So if your expensive Louis Vuitton handbag or that favourite pair of Tod’s suede loafers need some tender loving care, then give us a tinkle and we will pamper them for you!

Louise Vuitton handbag handle repair, Louis Vuitton canvas wallet cleaning, Dior handbag colour change, Ferragamo bellies sole replacement, Prada suede loafers cleaning.

Call us at +919711255431 or email at info@theleatherlaundry.com today!!

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Is your leather shoe a tad bit too small? Check out the right way to stretch your leather shoes!

Sometimes you need to add some breathing room to your leather shoes.

Whether the last pair of those great Allen Edmonds were just a half-size too small, or your favorite $400 Pradas just don’t fit the way they used to it’s crucial to know how to stretch them out and do it right.

We came up with a few ways to help.

1. Go see a professional.

A great device is used by professionals to stretch shoes for customers. It expands length-wise and width-wise to ensure your shoe is getting stretched in just the right places to match your foot.

We recommend dropping by your local shoe repair shop to get the job done, rather than investing in a shoe stretching device  itself and not using it very often.

2. Use a good spray.

No matter which method you use to stretch your shoe, it’s important to use a good shoe stretcher spray beforehand.

If your shoe doesn’t need too much of a stretch, you might even get by with just that.

3. Get crafty at home.

If stretching your shoes is a common recurrence for you, then you might want to consider some DIY methods.

We recommend freezing a bag of water inside your shoes, so that when the bag expands, it stretches the leather as well (repeat as many times as needed).

Alternatively, we recommend heating your shoes with a hair dryer. Wear the shoes with thick socks, and aim the hairdryer at specific parts of the shoe that need a little more wiggle room.

Several blogs, including Shoe Digest , also recommend stuffing the shoes with peeled potatoes overnight. So that’s also an option, though we’re not sure how they’ll smell the next morning.

4. Try to buy shoes that fit.

Lastly or perhaps firstly you should always aim to buy shoes that fit.

Podiatrist Paul Greenberg of Mount Sinai Hospital and Belvedere Podiatry Group says it’s not a good idea to buy uncomfortable shoes with the intention of stretching them out later.

“They should be comfortable from the start,” he said.

Remember that your feet will swell as the day wears on, so try to avoid early morning shoe-shopping trips, and head to the shops after work instead.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.in- The right way to stretch your leather shoes.

Patina- The art of graceful ageing of leather!

People that love using leather products particularly cherish the weathered look that comes with regular use and passage of time.

It is the hallmark of a high quality, genuine leather product – a patina, a soft sheen that develops on the surface of the leather, imparting a character, a personality to the product. It is like an indelible stamp of ownership, a coat of arms – unique for every user.

 

Just like the wrinkles in the face of a weathered explorer tell a thousand tales, the weathering of leather also tells a story – of adventures undertaken, treasures found and a secret knowledge!

A naturally developed patina is the ultimate in leather snobbery – but it takes time, as all good things do. The darkening in some places, the honey glaze in others, and even the scratches and scuffs that come with a natural usage – all of them go into creating an aura of weathering that is truly beautiful to behold.

Leather connoisseurs value the patina to an extent that leather producers, makers of leather products, and the owners go to great lengths to develop it artificially!

How Does a Patina Develop on Leather?

A patina is something unique to natural products – leather gets it, so does wood. If ever there was something as aging gracefully – a patina is a shining (you see the pun?) example of it!

Leather is a natural product – and it ages. Also, it absorbs the traces of life around it – the natural body oils that your body produces, water, moisture, conditioner, dirt, dust, sunlight, heat – the leather absorbs it all. Over time, it develops a sheen in some places – while some spots may see a relative darkening.

The more you handle your leather product around, and the way you handle it, also affects the nature and degree of patina that develops. If you use the product naturally – in a usual way with the usual standard of leather care, a patina is likely to come up gradually.

leather boots patinaBeautifully Weathered Leather Boots (source: ullushop.com)

And yes, the scratches and scrapes that gather on the surface are also an integral part of the patina.

However, if you are an extremely careful user that wipes you leather stuff clean after using it every time, and maybe use a conditioner once in a while, and store it most carefully – the patina will take much longer to set in.

What Leathers Show the Best Patina?

The thumb rule is – the less the leather is processed, the better and more pronounced the patina will be. Conversely, highly finished or spray-painted leather will hardly, if ever, gather a patina.

So, a vegetable tanned leather product with an unfinished surface is the best candidate to develop a nice patina, pull-up leather is the next in patina hierarchy, while finished, chrome-dyed leather will hardly ever develop one. Patent leather will almost never develop any patina.

old leather bag patina
Old Leather Bag With Beautiful Patina

Also, a full-grain leather product will develop a better patina than that on a split-leather product.

The patina develops on almost all types of leather – cow leather, ostrich leather, alligator leather etc. A stingray leather product, however, will naturally resist a patina  since it is covered in hard enamelled pearls that will not wear down easily.

How Can You Develop a Patina on Your Leather Products?

While patina development is a natural process, you can certainly lend it a helping hand! If you want a patina, you can speed up the process, and if you would rather have a new looking products, you can delay the process.

The first step would be in choosing the type of leather that goes into making the product – a natural finished, vegetable tanned, or hand-painted leather product will be an ideal candidate for developing a patina.

Then, when you have bought the product, you will need to use it in a natural way – with normal standards of care. Maybe you are sitting on your sofa, munching popcorns and watching a TV show, and you get a call on your phone. You don’t actually need to go and wash you hands before you pick up the phone that is encased in a genuine leather iPhone case.

However, you may be the type that likes to retain the new, store-bought look on your leather accessories for as long as possible. In that case, you may want to select leathers with more surface finish.

A leather variety that is naturally resistant to patina development – stingray leather. This is due to the unique natural constitution of stingray leather – it has a surface armor of hardened enamel pearls that make it almost impervious to natural usage wear.

And of course, you will need to wipe and clean your products more often if you want to delay the patina development.

How Long Will It Take to Develop a Nice Patina?

Well, it takes time. But don’t the good things in life come to those who are willing to wait?

The patina development process – if done naturally – takes time. But trust us, the results are well worth the wait!

There are examples of leather bags that have been out there for over decades – and have evolved the most beautiful patina!

Smaller leather products – such as wallets, or leather iPhone cases, may develop a gorgeous patina in shorter time frames – since they tend to be used and handled much more frequently.

Does A Patina Affect the Life of the Product?

Short answer: NO.

A patina on a leather surface is just a manifestation, a symbol, of the natural aging process of a natural product. It is NOT the cause of it.

A patina does not affect the longevity or sturdiness of a product. If anything, it only increases the beauty, the value and the feel of the product.

 

Source: This blog piece has been extracted from ullushop.com(leather patina- the art of graceful aging) – reblogged by The Leather Laundry 

TLC for your leather goodies :)

We decided to re-post this excellent blog post written by our Bangalore Partner Zeshan Rahaman at http://www.theleatherboutique.wordpress.com

The best Leather accessories  are made with the finest Analine and Nappa leathers. The colours range from bright colours to classic shades. In both cases they are prone to accidents (like all other things) and can get stained or dusty/ musty with misuse and neglect. Please remember that every product is crafted to weather well and look better with time. However, as with all good things, you need to invest a little bit of time in keeping your collection happy.

Maintenance

–   Do not expose your Leather directly to any of the elements. Direct sunlight and getting soaked in rain will mean there will be consequences like extra dryness and discolouration. So try and keep it protected.

–   If your piece does get soaked, remember to condition it quickly while the pores are still open and then dry it (away from direct sunlight).

–   Mildew catches on in humid regions and can be removed by making a mixture of alcohol diluted with water. Wipe the mildew area with a cloth dipped in the diluted alcohol, then allow it to dry. If the mildew persists, use mild soap and water that contains a germicide, then remove with a clean dampened cloth and then allow it to dry naturally and away from direct sunlight.

–   A layer of dust can be done away with by gently wiping your precious bag with a slightly damp, soft (flannel) cloth.

–   Spills must be quickly soaked up. The more they sit unattended on your the more chances of irreversible damage. Wipe it with a clean cloth or sponge and if needed, follow up with another wipe with lukewarm water and then allow it to air dry.

–   Fresh stains (like food) can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth. Stains from oil or grease can be lifted by grinding ordinary blackboard chalk, sprinkling the area, and leaving the powder on for a full day. Don’t rub the powder into the leather. Leave it on for a while, and then simply brush off lightly.

–   With more stubborn stains, try a small drop of baby wash or a mild moisturizing soap like Dove. When rubbing, use even round circles. To remove the soap, use another clean, damp cloth without water. Allow it to dry for at least an hour before use.

–   For suede or nubuck leather, use a suede brush and suede protector (available at most leather shoe stores) to keep the suede in good condition.

–   Get hold of a waterproof leather spray to keep it protected always.

The right route to the perfect TLC spa session for your precious TLB is: Cleaning, Conditioning, Polishing and Use. Choose cleaning products with care and sit in a well-ventilated area while doing it.

Good Leather is an investment. Treat it well enjoy it for generations to come.

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Source : http://www.theleatherboutique.wordpress.com