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  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent. Rayon is weaker when it's wet than when its dry
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up rayon.
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Be sure to iron all rayon inside out to prevent it from shining. If you suspect that your garment has shrunk – iron it before you panic as this usually relaxes the fibers


  • Cotton can be easily laundered
  • Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton
  • Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. And, fabric may need frequent pressing
  • Cotton can be ironed with a warm iron
  • Do not tumble dry


  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry


  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry


  • Turn your garment inside out
  • choose a gentle cycle, cold cycle (30°C)
  • Do not tumble dry


  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Iron inside out
  • Do not tumble dry
  • It is preferable to dry your garment flat but you could also hang your garment on a non-metal hanger to dry


  • Hand wash in cold water with Woolite
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Lay garment flat to dry, do not hang as the fibres will stretch
  • Do not tumble dry


  • Hand wash in cold water with your hand-washing detergent
  • Never wring, twist, or bunch up
  • Hang to dry, iron on low heat, preferably on reverse
  • Do not tumble dry


Leather improves with age and gets more character.  To make it last longer it should be properly cared for.

Brush your shoes or bag lightly with a shoe brush to remove dirt and then rub them with a leather balm to keep the leather moist and nourished. If you scuff your shoe or bag you can polish the shoe with the appropriate colour polish to lightly cover the scuff.   

Our shoes and bags are handmade but mistakes can be made and if this happens please contact us. If your heel comes off or if your sole loosens we will happily fix it for you. 

Review our care tips in order to have your items age beautifully!


  • The general principle is simple: remove dirt build-up by wiping down with a cleaner made specifically for the leather in question
  • Remember the hardware. Some bags or shoes have precious metal-plated buckles or other hardware. The same applies here, wipe with a damp cloth and dry carefully
  • Every other day, give the leather a brisk sweep with a soft dry cloth, this won’t take more than a few minutes, but will go miles towards preserving the appearance of your leather
  • Use a leather cleaner to clean and protect your leather accessories. These often also provide effective salt stain removal
  • Remove stains as soon as you notice them. Crush white chalk, let it sit on the stain overnight and dust it off with a clean cloth
  • Leather bags are susceptible to absorbing grease and oils so make sure you handle your leather item with clean hands


  • Think of conditioning as a moisturizer for your leather, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a bit of (leather) conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over
  • Condition the leather every month to keep your it looking it’s shiny best
  • For your waxy, oiled and natural finish leather items use a waxed leather conditioner: it cleans, nourishes and revives your leather accessories


  • Leather is permeable and can never be entirely waterproof, so avoid toting your favourite handbag or shoe in bad weather. Nonetheless, there are beeswax creams which function as a barrier against water
  • Word of caution: beeswax may alter the hue of dyed leather, so test first on an inconspicuous corner
  • A more breathable but less effective alternative: a spray protectant, which is virtually invisible on your bags


  • Stash your bag and shoes in a fabric dust-bag and fill it with stuffing, to maintain its shape
  • Keep the dust-bag along with packets of silica gel so your bag doesn’t get damp
  • Air once every two weeks to halt the growth of mold
  • Rotation is key. Everyday use of your bag or shoes will wear it out, so switch things up every month


  • Let water spills dry naturally. High-heat measures like using a hairdryer will only cause he skin to crinkle beyond salvage
  • Prevent colour transfer by consciously resisting the urge to rest your bag against your jeans
  • Leather is basically a skin so avoid leaving it in the sun for too long as it can cause it to dry and change colour