Tutorial: How to care for your leather bag

(light music) – Hi guys. I wanted to take a
little bit of time today and talk to you about leather care. Leather is just like our skin. It needs to be moisturized. It needs to be cared for in
order to keep it performing the way that we want. The leather itself has pores
just like our skin does, and when they tan the leather,
they put oils and waxes in the leather to make
sure that it’s going to last a long time. The leather that we use on our bags is an oil tanned leather, and
so it doesn’t need treatment as often as some of the other leathers do. This bag is my personal messenger bag. It was actually the prototype
for our kickstarter campaign, and I’ve never done any
treatment on it in the last year and a half that I’ve had it. As you can see, it’s a little dusty, ad it’s got some scratches
and things like that. We should be able to take
that all out of the bag with this treatment. When we talk about the
different treatments that you can use on leather, there’s
a few rules of thumb that you can always rely on. The one is that you
want the leather cream, or whatever you’re going to
use, you want it to be natural. We don’t want a lot of
chemicals or refined oils going into the leather
because as that goes into it, it will definitely soften the leather, but it will also break down
the fibers and make it so that your bag won’t last as long. The stuff that we’ve used here
is Skidmore’s leather cream. Vincent Skidmore is a great guy. We’ve talked to him on the
phone and we’re really excited about his product. The leather cream itself
goes on really easy, and there’s just a couple of
things that we like to have on hand when we’re treating our leather. The one is you have to have your cream. Then, we usually just
have a couple of rags. This is an old t-shirt that we cut up. Cotton rags work just fine. We usually want to have
one rag that we can apply the cream with, and
then one rag that we can buff it out with. So without any more talking,
we’ll start on this. One thing that’s helpful when
you’re applying the leather cream is to warm the leather up. The warmer it gets, the
more open those pores are, and the better it takes the leather. My dad used to put his boots in the oven before he would waterproof
them every winter. But a hair dryer works quite well. (dryer blowing) So now that we’ve got that warmed up, it’s going to be ready to take
the cream a little better. And I’m just going to
fold this up small enough that I can control it a little easier, and I just open up this
cream, and the idea is that you want to rub it on, and
then you want to pull it off, and then you can buff it
later in order to get it to shine back up. Now this is going to darken
your leather somewhat, and we don’t want you to
be too alarmed with that. It will be darker for
sure when you apply it, but if you give it a
couple of days or a week and let it sit in the sun a little bit, that color should return
to what you purchased your product as. If you’re worried about the color change, you could always try the cream
in an inconspicuous place, like on the inside of the bag,
and that will make it so that if you’re not happy with the result, you don’t have to continue
on with that cream. So when we put it on, we just
want to put a coat of it, and I usually do it in sections, and so this strap makes
a good break for us. So I’ll put it on with the one rag, and the longer you let it
sit, the darker it will make the leather and the more
it will penetrate the leather. For this case, I’m just gonna
rub it off almost immediately after I put it on, because I
know that it doesn’t need it that much, and the leather
is still fairly supple, so we don’t have to worry about
letting it soak in too long. Looks like I missed a little
bit here along the edge, and then now I’ll get this strap, and I’ll get under the strap as well. The fun part about leather
is that it’s really durable, and even if you do stain it
or have something go wrong over time, those stains will
come out and you’ll be able to, they might not come out all the way, but they’ll fade and then
it’ll just be another story that you can tell with your bag. You don’t have to worry
about getting the cream on the stitching. We use polyester stitching for this, and I think most bag
makers are using thread that’s not going to be
affected by a leather cream, so just rub it in there,
make it look even, and then you can buff it
out later if there’s extra that’s stuck in the stitching. Take my second rag and wipe it right out. I always like putting the
leather cream on these leathers because it really brings out the grain. It does darken it a little
bit, but it makes it so that you can see the grain a lot better, which is an exciting part of it. See and now you can see the difference between what we’ve just applied
it to and what’s left here. You can see how dry it is and
you can see more scratches. Once we go over that last piece, you won’t be able to see that. One thing that’s good to pay
attention to is just looking in there in the grain and
finding the spots that are still a little bit lighter,
that maybe you didn’t get as much cream in. If you pay attention
to getting it in there as good as you can, then the bag will turn
out looking nice and even. So you can see the
difference now in the color from what we’ve put the
cream on to the bottom of the bag that we haven’t gotten to yet, and that’s just something
that you should expect when you’re doing this is
to watch the leather darken, but like I said, it should come
back to it’s original color fairly quickly, give it, at
most, it would be two weeks. I hope this is helpful for you. I’m gonna go ahead and
keep doing this bag, and if you guys have any questions, you can just send us an email, or comment on the video if
you watch it on youtube. (light music)


  • thanks for the video! how often should I condition my leather bag?

  • I have a tan colour messenger bag that I take to work after a week it got stained from the back coz of my denims will this work on that

  • i have a tan colour shoes that the colour got stained wet, so it looks had water splash. can i make the colour back or restore as new? what should i do?

  • your mic is upside down

  • Would you recomend to apply the leather cream to a new bag?

  • How do I get ink marks off my leather bag? Thank you.

  • As a savage I just use my fingers… ;P

  • I have a horween leather product i ran out of leather conditioner and i read online that vegetable worked fine i added some and it made it really dark will it return to its original color or will it stay like that for ever it is a full grain product i live 2 hours away to the nearest town

  • Hello Dear, Your video is too much informative, I also have a messenger bag of black leather, could you please tell me can i apply the natural shoe cream on it? as i have looked for the market in my town but didn't find any leather conditioner like thing except the natural shoe cream (for leather shoe)

  • The Karate kid comes to mind…Wax on Wax off 😀

  • super,shanks

  • What caused my leather bag to have mildew ?

  • He cute

  • He looks and sounds Swedish 🙂 perhaps grandpas grandpa is from Swe? hehe

  • Saying from??
    Translation: "Where butter melts there leather burns"
    So why not warm up the wax?

  • Curious what you think about Fiebing's Leather Conditioner, Leather Honey, and Chamberlain's Leather Milk?

  • Could you please show the same bag after a couple days (or a new one that you treated with the cream for the first time)? I'm trying to understand what sort of look they get at the end, i.e. after the process and maybe some time has passed. How the colour will look and how much or little shine it will get. Will it remain shiny and is there as way for it to not remain shiny but where you can still treat this type of leather (what's the name of that type of leather)? Is that what the leather is meant to do and is produced for, that it will get darker and shinier? As I like the original look it's so cool, if I wanted something else I could have bought something else… Does it darken with every application or just the first time? What's the most worn out original look you can achieve by which I mean the most like before the treatment? And how often should you perform this leather care? Thanks. That would be so helpful, thank you very much in advance! Oh, and I also meant to ask if this leather cream is specifically for a certain type of leather or is it a general one? And what's good about it compared to other brands (maybe it's that it's natural? How can you find out what products are the most natural without having to test all of them and spending the money for loads of them?)? Thanks!!

  • Great idea thanks a ton sis i too wanted to darken my bag is a natural way thanks once again.

  • Hey man, great review and tutorial. But be more confident! Sell your stuff professionally. Good luck!

  • Except you completely changed the look of the bag. If I bought a natural tan leather bag (or a natural cordovan, here) I'd want it to stay that way. Use a cleaning conditioner soap and let the leather get beat and age naturally.

  • Thanks bro

  • doesn't anybody ever use  need foot oil??

  • Fabulous video! Super helpful and visually appealing too!

  • Just got my first real leather purse , it’s black and I’m terrified that I’m going to ruin it or not take proper care of it haha

  • No cleaning???

  • what's the name of the cream

  • Just a question how often do you need to Polish any leather?

  • I have to say, you're incredibly awkward on camera, but you seem oddly genuine. Thanks for the info.

  • I'm sorry. This is taking too long.

  • Can we you shoe cream on leather bag

  • I use Vaseline, it works for me and it is cheap

  • What will happen if you don't buff out the cream?

  • please please please use a model or someone that can speak to the camera. its really unwatchable to us.

  • Very nice info thanks. But you seem very uncomfortable, you sounded like catching your breath.

  • he's so awkward in front of the camera, its adorable

  • Talks too much about nothing. Just get it done. Kinda getting bored listening to guy. Sounds like he is reading.

  • Great video I have a really old leather suit case that is really dry can I use the leather cream you used?

  • New info but you can do better on presenting the product maybe hire somebody and you can stay behind the camera.

  • Does it get rid of catches? Its hard to tell when its wet.

  • Very helpful, thank you. How often should a routine like this be done? Is twice a year a good amount?

  • Thank you for all of this, but especially the hair dryer tip.

  • Would this cream work on a leather jacket

  • I just conditioned my leather boots with Otterwax on my channel and it darkened the leather pretty decently which I actually like better. However do you or anyone else watching this have a good visual sign that a boot needs to be re done?

    Also warming the leather is a great tip! Never heard of that

  • Skidmore's a dinosaur. Their website is barely a website. You place an order and they call you the next day for payment over the phone. ZZZzzzzzzz….. I'm gone. Finding someone in this century.

  • what kinda of cream that is suitable for car leather seat?

  • All of these negative comments are ridiculous, he's doing a how to video of his product. I'm sure that it's a smaller family run company that doesn't have the disposable money to hire Tom Cruise to promote the company. I found this video very useful, I didn't want to be "entertained" but informed. This was pretty much what I was after.
    I wish your company a great success and thank you for your video.

  • Can I apply the same in buffalo leather?

  • my eyes were focussed on the bags at the back. ? I love leather but gawd they are needy!

  • My Lord You brought back something I haven't thought of for 50 Years ! My father used to put our ski boots in the oven also and then put Goose Grease on it. Yup when we had a goose for supper he would jar the grease for our winter boots. Bet most folks can't believe we had leather ski boots back in the day. Great video thanks for all your excellent information. Ignore the rude people that commented on your shyness or what ever. This is information not Hollywood actors or narcissist Look At Me ppl who love the camera. Cheers from Canada

  • I like this guy. He is so honest to instruct the process in his videos.

  • Really nice video, thank you!
    Regarding all the comments about your rhetoric skills, don't worry about it. Maybe join a Toastmasters group nearby and you will improve quickly. You already seem to know your technical material, now just buff it up with a little more stage confidence!

  • I put Vaseline on my black leather shoes, it works as well

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