Calfskin is a smooth and refined leather. Although it is known for its durability, it is still prone to occasional scratching. Treat your Mayvns with a leather conditioner to keep it hydrated as this restores moisture to the leather. Use circular strokes to work the leather conditioner into your bag then let it air-dry for 30 minutes. Wipe off any remaining residue with a dry cloth and your Mayvns are ready to jump back into the daily grind.
Avoid using lighter bags with dark clothing, such as denim, as the dye may run and transfer to the handbag and damage its color. This is one of the hardest stains to remove so extra caution is advised.
Types of treatment:
- Boxcalf - glossy and smooth appearance, can blister easily when wet
- Pebbled - grainy appearance, scratches and scuffs aren't as noticeable
- Saffiano - strong textured appearance similar in look to cross-hatching, more durable and easy to wipe clean
Lambskin leather is one of the softest leather used for bags and is known to be buttery smooth. It is extremely delicate and prone to damage such as scuffs and scratches so it must be handled with care. For minor scratches, use your finger to press gently into the scratch and rub in a circular motion until it is no longer visible. We highly recommend waterproofing your lambskin Mayvns with a leather protectant.
Lambskin can also sag or lose its structure over time. Stuffing is especially crucial for lambskin.
Suede comes from the underside of a cowhide. It is naturally textured and it feels like velvet to touch. It stains easily and is highly susceptible to water damage, and as such, needs to be properly taken care of to keep its vibrant color. We strongly recommend you pre-treat the leather with a suede protectant and avoid exposure to liquids at all costs. Use a suede brush to remove dust and other dirt.
NEVER use a leather conditioner on your suede items.
NEVER use water to clean suede.
Blot out any wet stains immediately. Place a paper towel over the wet spot and apply pressure to allow the towel to absorb as much as liquid as possible.
Darker and more vibrant suedes may stain lighter-colored clothing and fabric.
Snakeskin is a fragile leather that needs to be treated with extra care. The skin is by nature, highly absorbent and it will take in and release moisture more quickly than most leather types. Pick an appropriate leather moisturizer, one without alcohol, oil and acetone as this may ruin your snakeskin item. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer on the skin and wipe off any remaining residue with a dry cloth.
Always wipe in the direction of the scales - if there's anything you remember about snakeskin leather care, it should be this. You can determine the direction of the scales by touching the skin in a straight line. The natural flow of the scales should feel smooth.
Cleaning is essential with snakeskin as it is prone to dirt getting stuck in between its scales. You can gently use a bristled brush for this. Again, gently.
Snakeskin is highly susceptible to damage so leave it at home if the forecast calls for rain. Or you may want to apply a water protectant. Pick a protectant that is specifically designed for reptile. Of course, patch test before use.