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LOOKING AFTER YOUR LEATHER

Leather is remarkable stuff – that’s why we love it and work with it. Good-quality leather learns and changes over time, shapes itself around your habits, and acquires more character the more you do with it. Bill Amberg products are made from a range of leathers, including vegetable-tanned leather that, with a little looking after, will develop a beautifully lustrous patina as they age.
You can find out more about how leather is made and manipulated on our sister site, the Bill Amberg Studio.
Here are a few tips on caring for your Bill Amberg leather products. Follow these and, after a while, they won’t look pristine any more – they’ll look even better.

Vegetable tanning
Vegetable tanning is the oldest method of turning animal hide into usable material. The process uses the natural tannins present in tree bark to change the protein structure of the skin, making it stronger, more durable and immune to decay.
Of all the tanning methods used today, vegetable tanning is the slowest, trickiest to manage and most unpredictable. The results, however, are more than worth the time and effort. Vegetable tanning produces strong, supple leathers that are a pleasure to craft, include natural variations that give them character, and which patinate wonderfully as they age.
At Bill Amberg, we’ve been working with traditional tanneries in England and Europe for nearly three decades, personally selecting the finest leathers for our team of craftsmen to work with. Each of the bags and accessories that they become is therefore – thanks to vegetable tanning – completely unique.
Some of the leathers we use have a surface finish to protect them, others have oil impregnated in the skin during tanning to create a soft, waxy feel throughout the hide.

Water protection
Some of the leathers we use undergo a spot treatment to make them water resistant, so everyday splashes, spills and showers should be no problem. However, if the material becomes soaked for any reason, be sure not to dry it artificially, as this will damage the leather’s chemical structure and lead to shrinkage and hardening. Allow leather to dry at room temperature, slowly and naturally, and it should return to its former glory soon enough.

Feeding
When people are out in the sun too long, their skin needs moisturising to stop it drying and cracking. Leather is similar. If your product starts to feel dry and brittle, it will need feeding to reintroduce moisture into the fibres of the skin. Two or three light applications of a neutral leather cream (such as Meltonian) to the whole surface of the leather should do the trick. If your leather is already soft and malleable, don’t bother – overfeeding can cause it to soften, sag and lose shape.

Buffing
A polish now and then will help keep your leather lustrous. Use a soft cloth and buff the surface very gently to maintain its sheen and remove any ‘bloom’ Be careful not to be too vigorous; your leather won’t react well to excessive heat or friction.

Cleaning
If your leather gets dirty, wipe it lightly with a dry cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick, a slightly damp cloth should get rid of most dirt, but if it doesn’t the nuclear option is a dab of very, very mild hand soap on a soft cloth. Anything stronger, such as saddle soap or a vigorous cleaning agent, is likely to dry out the surface and damage the leather. If you’re at all concerned, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to put your product through a maintenance programme that will leave it looking beautiful.

Bloom
If you store your leather for any length of time, whether in a cupboard or a plastic bag, you might notice a faint white powdery coating has appeared on the surface. Refrain from panic; ‘bloom’ like this is an entirely normal sign of  a good-quality, oil-dressed skin and is nothing a quite dry polish won’t fix.  Rub the surface gentle with a soft cloth or a clean new shoebrush and the  bloom should be reabsorbed back into the skin

Ageing
One of the most wonderful things about leather is what happens to it as it ages. Vegetable-tanned leathers, like those used to make Bill Amberg’s bags, will develop a patina over time and use. A soft lustre will appear in places that are most frequently handled and parts of the surface may darken in colour as natural oils are absorbed into the skin. Bags may grow accustomed to the shape of the things you carry in them and straps will become more comfortable in the positions you wear them in most often. In this way, the leather starts to show the story of its life and its owner on its surface – we believe that’s one of the most wonderful things about it.

Colour transfer
Although we try to ensure that the materials we use aren’t susceptible to colour rub, it’s possible that some colour transfer may occur when the leather brushes against pale or abrasive clothing. This is the result of disturbing the wax on the surface of the leather rather than a permanent dye stain, and is easily removable in a normal wash.
 

SWIMWEAR CARE GUIDE 

There are so many different types of swimwear fabrics these days, from nylon fabric to chlorine resistant swimwear fabric to high tech racing fabric, but they all have one thing in common - they must all be properly cared for to ensure you get the longest possible wear out of your swimsuit.
The following tips outline how to properly wash your swimsuit.
Silk chiffon
Due to the delicate nature of silk we recommend hand washing in cool water and leaving out to dry in the sun. 
Silk satin stretch 
To get the most out of your garment we recommend taking your silk satin stretch pieces to the dry cleaners, to make it last longer.
Rayon and Jersey
Rayon and Jersey fabrics can be washed in the machine on a cool wash. 


 

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Guide d'entretien - Bright & Bent

Leather is remarkable stuff – that’s why we love it and work with it. Good-quality leather learns and changes over time

shapes itself around your habits

and acquires more character the more you do with it. Bill Amberg products are made from a range of leathers

including vegetable-tanned leather that

with a little looking after

will develop a beautifully lustrous patina as they age. You can find out more about how leather is made and manipulated on our sister site

the Bill Amberg Studio. Here are a few tips on caring for your Bill Amberg leather products. Follow these and

after a while

they won’t look pristine any more – they’ll look even better. ​Vegetable tanning Vegetable tanning is the oldest method of turning animal hide into usable material. The process uses the natural tannins present in tree bark to change the protein structure of the skin

making it stronger

more durable and immune to decay. Of all the tanning methods used today

vegetable tanning is the slowest

trickiest to manage and most unpredictable. The results

however

are more than worth the time and effort. Vegetable tanning produces strong

supple leathers that are a pleasure to craft

include natural variations that give them character

and which patinate wonderfully as they age. At Bill Amberg

we’ve been working with traditional tanneries in England and Europe for nearly three decades

personally selecting the finest leathers for our team of craftsmen to work with. Each of the bags and accessories that they become is therefore – thanks to vegetable tanning – completely unique. Some of the leathers we use have a surface finish to protect them

others have oil impregnated in the skin during tanning to create a soft

waxy feel throughout the hide. Water protection Some of the leathers we use undergo a spot treatment to make them water resistant

so everyday splashes

spills and showers should be no problem. However

if the material becomes soaked for any reason

be sure not to dry it artificially

as this will damage the leather’s chemical structure and lead to shrinkage and hardening. Allow leather to dry at room temperature

slowly and naturally

and it should return to its former glory soon enough. Feeding When people are out in the sun too long

their skin needs moisturising to stop it drying and cracking. Leather is similar. If your product starts to feel dry and brittle

it will need feeding to reintroduce moisture into the fibres of the skin. Two or three light applications of a neutral leather cream (such as Meltonian) to the whole surface of the leather should do the trick. If your leather is already soft and malleable

don’t bother – overfeeding can cause it to soften

sag and lose shape. Buffing A polish now and then will help keep your leather lustrous. Use a soft cloth and buff the surface very gently to maintain its sheen and remove any ‘bloom’ Be careful not to be too vigorous; your leather won’t react well to excessive heat or friction. Cleaning If your leather gets dirty

wipe it lightly with a dry cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick

a slightly damp cloth should get rid of most dirt

but if it doesn’t the nuclear option is a dab of very

very mild hand soap on a soft cloth. Anything stronger

such as saddle soap or a vigorous cleaning agent

is likely to dry out the surface and damage the leather. If you’re at all concerned

please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to put your product through a maintenance programme that will leave it looking beautiful. Bloom If you store your leather for any length of time

whether in a cupboard or a plastic bag

you might notice a faint white powdery coating has appeared on the surface. Refrain from panic; ‘bloom’ like this is an entirely normal sign of a good-quality

oil-dressed skin and is nothing a quite dry polish won’t fix. Rub the surface gentle with a soft cloth or a clean new shoebrush and the bloom should be reabsorbed back into the skin Ageing One of the most wonderful things about leather is what happens to it as it ages. Vegetable-tanned leathers

like those used to make Bill Amberg’s bags

will develop a patina over time and use. A soft lustre will appear in places that are most frequently handled and parts of the surface may darken in colour as natural oils are absorbed into the skin. Bags may grow accustomed to the shape of the things you carry in them and straps will become more comfortable in the positions you wear them in most often. In this way

the leather starts to show the story of its life and its owner on its surface – we believe that’s one of the most wonderful things about it. Colour transfer Although we try to ensure that the materials we use aren’t susceptible to colour rub

it’s possible that some colour transfer may occur when the leather brushes against pale or abrasive clothing. This is the result of disturbing the wax on the surface of the leather rather than a permanent dye stain

and is easily removable in a normal wash.

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créateurs indépendants

artisanat de luxe

prêt-à-porter femme

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Leather is remarkable stuff – that’s why we love it and work with it. Good-quality leather learns and changes over time, shapes itself around your habits, and acquires more character the more you do with it. Bill Amberg products are made from a range of leathers, including vegetable-tanned leather that, with a little looking after, will develop a beautifully lustrous patina as they age. You can find out more about how leather is made and manipulated on our sister site, the Bill Amberg Studio. Here are a few tips on caring for your Bill Amberg leather products. Follow these and, after a while, they won’t look pristine any more – they’ll look even better. ​Vegetable tanning Vegetable tanning is the oldest method of turning animal hide into usable material. The process uses the natural tannins present in tree bark to change the protein structure of the skin, making it stronger, more durable and immune to decay. Of all the tanning methods used today, vegetable tanning is the slowest, trickiest to manage and most unpredictable. The results, however, are more than worth the time and effort. Vegetable tanning produces strong, supple leathers that are a pleasure to craft, include natural variations that give them character, and which patinate wonderfully as they age. At Bill Amberg, we’ve been working with traditional tanneries in England and Europe for nearly three decades, personally selecting the finest leathers for our team of craftsmen to work with. Each of the bags and accessories that they become is therefore – thanks to vegetable tanning – completely unique. Some of the leathers we use have a surface finish to protect them, others have oil impregnated in the skin during tanning to create a soft, waxy feel throughout the hide. Water protection Some of the leathers we use undergo a spot treatment to make them water resistant, so everyday splashes, spills and showers should be no problem. However, if the material becomes soaked for any reason, be sure not to dry it artificially, as this will damage the leather’s chemical structure and lead to shrinkage and hardening. Allow leather to dry at room temperature, slowly and naturally, and it should return to its former glory soon enough. Feeding When people are out in the sun too long, their skin needs moisturising to stop it drying and cracking. Leather is similar. If your product starts to feel dry and brittle, it will need feeding to reintroduce moisture into the fibres of the skin. Two or three light applications of a neutral leather cream (such as Meltonian) to the whole surface of the leather should do the trick. If your leather is already soft and malleable, don’t bother – overfeeding can cause it to soften, sag and lose shape. Buffing A polish now and then will help keep your leather lustrous. Use a soft cloth and buff the surface very gently to maintain its sheen and remove any ‘bloom’ Be careful not to be too vigorous; your leather won’t react well to excessive heat or friction. Cleaning If your leather gets dirty, wipe it lightly with a dry cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick, a slightly damp cloth should get rid of most dirt, but if it doesn’t the nuclear option is a dab of very, very mild hand soap on a soft cloth. Anything stronger, such as saddle soap or a vigorous cleaning agent, is likely to dry out the surface and damage the leather. If you’re at all concerned, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to put your product through a maintenance programme that will leave it looking beautiful. Bloom If you store your leather for any length of time, whether in a cupboard or a plastic bag, you might notice a faint white powdery coating has appeared on the surface. Refrain from panic; ‘bloom’ like this is an entirely normal sign of a good-quality, oil-dressed skin and is nothing a quite dry polish won’t fix. Rub the surface gentle with a soft cloth or a clean new shoebrush and the bloom should be reabsorbed back into the skin Ageing One of the most wonderful things about leather is what happens to it as it ages. Vegetable-tanned leathers, like those used to make Bill Amberg’s bags, will develop a patina over time and use. A soft lustre will appear in places that are most frequently handled and parts of the surface may darken in colour as natural oils are absorbed into the skin. Bags may grow accustomed to the shape of the things you carry in them and straps will become more comfortable in the positions you wear them in most often. In this way, the leather starts to show the story of its life and its owner on its surface – we believe that’s one of the most wonderful things about it. Colour transfer Although we try to ensure that the materials we use aren’t susceptible to colour rub, it’s possible that some colour transfer may occur when the leather brushes against pale or abrasive clothing. This is the result of disturbing the wax on the surface of the leather rather than a permanent dye stain, and is easily removable in a normal wash.,Marketplace, créateurs indépendants, artisanat de luxe, prêt-à-porter femme, homme, d'objets d'art, de décoration, et d'articles de beauté

Leather is remarkable stuff – that’s why we love it and work with it

Good-quality leather learns and changes over time, shapes itself around your habits, and acquires more character the more you do with it

Bill Amberg products are made from a range of leathers, including vegetable-tanned leather that, with a little looking after, will develop a beautifully lustrous patina as they age

You can find out more about how leather is made and manipulated on our sister site, the Bill Amberg Studio

Here are a few tips on caring for your Bill Amberg leather products

Follow these and, after a while, they won’t look pristine any more – they’ll look even better

​Vegetable tanning Vegetable tanning is the oldest method of turning animal hide into usable material

The process uses the natural tannins present in tree bark to change the protein structure of the skin, making it stronger, more durable and immune to decay

Of all the tanning methods used today, vegetable tanning is the slowest, trickiest to manage and most unpredictable

The results, however, are more than worth the time and effort

Vegetable tanning produces strong, supple leathers that are a pleasure to craft, include natural variations that give them character, and which patinate wonderfully as they age

At Bill Amberg, we’ve been working with traditional tanneries in England and Europe for nearly three decades, personally selecting the finest leathers for our team of craftsmen to work with

Each of the bags and accessories that they become is therefore – thanks to vegetable tanning – completely unique

Some of the leathers we use have a surface finish to protect them, others have oil impregnated in the skin during tanning to create a soft, waxy feel throughout the hide

Water protection Some of the leathers we use undergo a spot treatment to make them water resistant, so everyday splashes, spills and showers should be no problem

However, if the material becomes soaked for any reason, be sure not to dry it artificially, as this will damage the leather’s chemical structure and lead to shrinkage and hardening

Allow leather to dry at room temperature, slowly and naturally, and it should return to its former glory soon enough

Feeding When people are out in the sun too long, their skin needs moisturising to stop it drying and cracking

Leather is similar

If your product starts to feel dry and brittle, it will need feeding to reintroduce moisture into the fibres of the skin

Two or three light applications of a neutral leather cream (such as Meltonian) to the whole surface of the leather should do the trick

If your leather is already soft and malleable, don’t bother – overfeeding can cause it to soften, sag and lose shape

Buffing A polish now and then will help keep your leather lustrous

Use a soft cloth and buff the surface very gently to maintain its sheen and remove any ‘bloom’ Be careful not to be too vigorous; your leather won’t react well to excessive heat or friction

Cleaning If your leather gets dirty, wipe it lightly with a dry cloth

If that doesn’t do the trick, a slightly damp cloth should get rid of most dirt, but if it doesn’t the nuclear option is a dab of very, very mild hand soap on a soft cloth

Anything stronger, such as saddle soap or a vigorous cleaning agent, is likely to dry out the surface and damage the leather

If you’re at all concerned, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to put your product through a maintenance programme that will leave it looking beautiful

Bloom If you store your leather for any length of time, whether in a cupboard or a plastic bag, you might notice a faint white powdery coating has appeared on the surface

Refrain from panic; ‘bloom’ like this is an entirely normal sign of a good-quality, oil-dressed skin and is nothing a quite dry polish won’t fix

Rub the surface gentle with a soft cloth or a clean new shoebrush and the bloom should be reabsorbed back into the skin Ageing One of the most wonderful things about leather is what happens to it as it ages

Vegetable-tanned leathers, like those used to make Bill Amberg’s bags, will develop a patina over time and use

A soft lustre will appear in places that are most frequently handled and parts of the surface may darken in colour as natural oils are absorbed into the skin

Bags may grow accustomed to the shape of the things you carry in them and straps will become more comfortable in the positions you wear them in most often

In this way, the leather starts to show the story of its life and its owner on its surface – we believe that’s one of the most wonderful things about it

Colour transfer Although we try to ensure that the materials we use aren’t susceptible to colour rub, it’s possible that some colour transfer may occur when the leather brushes against pale or abrasive clothing

This is the result of disturbing the wax on the surface of the leather rather than a permanent dye stain, and is easily removable in a normal wash

Bright & Bent est un concept store dédié à la promotion et la commercialisation de créations d'artistes authentiques de mode et décoration intérieure

Leather is remarkable stuff – that’s why we love it and work with it. Good-quality leather learns and changes over time, shapes itself around your habits, and acquires more character the more you do with it. Bill Amberg products are made from a range of leathers, including vegetable-tanned leather that, with a little looking after, will develop a beautifully lustrous patina as they age. You can find out more about how leather is made and manipulated on our sister site, the Bill Amberg Studio. Here are a few tips on caring for your Bill Amberg leather products. Follow these and, after a while, they won’t look pristine any more – they’ll look even better. ​Vegetable tanning Vegetable tanning is the oldest method of turning animal hide into usable material. The process uses the natural tannins present in tree bark to change the protein structure of the skin, making it stronger, more durable and immune to decay. Of all the tanning methods used today, vegetable tanning is the slowest, trickiest to manage and most unpredictable. The results, however, are more than worth the time and effort. Vegetable tanning produces strong, supple leathers that are a pleasure to craft, include natural variations that give them character, and which patinate wonderfully as they age. At Bill Amberg, we’ve been working with traditional tanneries in England and Europe for nearly three decades, personally selecting the finest leathers for our team of craftsmen to work with. Each of the bags and accessories that they become is therefore – thanks to vegetable tanning – completely unique. Some of the leathers we use have a surface finish to protect them, others have oil impregnated in the skin during tanning to create a soft, waxy feel throughout the hide. Water protection Some of the leathers we use undergo a spot treatment to make them water resistant, so everyday splashes, spills and showers should be no problem. However, if the material becomes soaked for any reason, be sure not to dry it artificially, as this will damage the leather’s chemical structure and lead to shrinkage and hardening. Allow leather to dry at room temperature, slowly and naturally, and it should return to its former glory soon enough. Feeding When people are out in the sun too long, their skin needs moisturising to stop it drying and cracking. Leather is similar. If your product starts to feel dry and brittle, it will need feeding to reintroduce moisture into the fibres of the skin. Two or three light applications of a neutral leather cream (such as Meltonian) to the whole surface of the leather should do the trick. If your leather is already soft and malleable, don’t bother – overfeeding can cause it to soften, sag and lose shape. Buffing A polish now and then will help keep your leather lustrous. Use a soft cloth and buff the surface very gently to maintain its sheen and remove any ‘bloom’ Be careful not to be too vigorous; your leather won’t react well to excessive heat or friction. Cleaning If your leather gets dirty, wipe it lightly with a dry cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick, a slightly damp cloth should get rid of most dirt, but if it doesn’t the nuclear option is a dab of very, very mild hand soap on a soft cloth. Anything stronger, such as saddle soap or a vigorous cleaning agent, is likely to dry out the surface and damage the leather. If you’re at all concerned, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to put your product through a maintenance programme that will leave it looking beautiful. Bloom If you store your leather for any length of time, whether in a cupboard or a plastic bag, you might notice a faint white powdery coating has appeared on the surface. Refrain from panic; ‘bloom’ like this is an entirely normal sign of a good-quality, oil-dressed skin and is nothing a quite dry polish won’t fix. Rub the surface gentle with a soft cloth or a clean new shoebrush and the bloom should be reabsorbed back into the skin Ageing One of the most wonderful things about leather is what happens to it as it ages. Vegetable-tanned leathers, like those used to make Bill Amberg’s bags, will develop a patina over time and use. A soft lustre will appear in places that are most frequently handled and parts of the surface may darken in colour as natural oils are absorbed into the skin. Bags may grow accustomed to the shape of the things you carry in them and straps will become more comfortable in the positions you wear them in most often. In this way, the leather starts to show the story of its life and its owner on its surface – we believe that’s one of the most wonderful things about it. Colour transfer Although we try to ensure that the materials we use aren’t susceptible to colour rub, it’s possible that some colour transfer may occur when the leather brushes against pale or abrasive clothing. This is the result of disturbing the wax on the surface of the leather rather than a permanent dye stain, and is easily removable in a normal wash. Bright & Bent est un concept store dédié à la promotion et la commercialisation de créations d'artistes authentiques de mode et décoration intérieure