What Do You Want Your Leather to Look Like?

The first task by Brands we work with are in deciding how to treat and care for your leather is simply asking what you want it to look like, and the role it plays in your life. This is being handled by the Leather Nest Team. 

It also comes down to taste. Some people want a clean, polished look for their bag, while others are okay with scratches, blemishes, and natural wear and tear. That is also handled by the Leather Nest Team as well.

So think about what you want your leather or material to look like, and next, we’ll go through some various treatment options with brands we work with

What Do You Want Your Leather to Look Like?

If you’re new to leather and quality materials, you may have thought that giving your bags and shoes needs a good polish every now and then was all that leather and materials needed to stand the test of time. When perusing the leather or material care section, all the creams, polishes, waxes, and conditioners one envisions all these blended together into a single product. They’re not, in fact, totally interchangeable though. Let’s take a look at what these different treatments do to leathers or our materials. Keep in mind there aren’t general pros and cons here; as stated above, it comes down to what you want, and what the function of the leather item is.

Polish. Polish is largely actually for aesthetics. On its own, it’s mostly about the actual shine of the product (usually shoes and bags) rather than protecting it from the elements. Having said that, many polishes have a moisturizing element, so you really have to look at the product description and user reviews to know what you’re getting and what it does.

Since cleaning is part of a good polishing routine, it’s certainly not a bad thing to do. Frequency of polishing simply depends on your own preferences for how you want your leather goods to look, but most casual items won’t need it.

Conditioner/Cream. Leather conditioner or cream moisturizes the material so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. This won’t make your bags “shine,” but it will protect them. Note that in most cases conditioners don’t waterproof your leather (though some do include a water-repelling component). Leather conditioners are lotion-like, and are to be gently rubbed into the leather. The hide will soak up the conditioner, just like your skin would soak up a moisturizer.

How often you use conditioner, as with the other treatments, really depends on what you want. Our take is you condition every 3-6 months, this doesn’t let bags completely dry out before re-applying. That keeps the leather looking subtle and soft, and prevents it from accruing scuffs, scratches, etc. These are also handled by ROCK N VOGUE & LEATHER NEST TEAM