Chromexcel Leather Care
Most of our items are made from Horween Chromexcel and are fairly straight forward to care for. So long as your item is seeing regular use (such as a wallet) your own finger oils may be sufficient to keep the product conditioned. If it sees infrequent use, it may be necessary to do a little something extra. In this case, apply a light coat of oil or leather conditioner every 6-12 months depending on how dry your climate is, or as needed. Note that depending what kind of oil you use it may darken the leather to a varying degree.
Vegetable Tanned Leather Care
Occasionally we make a batch of products with Hermann Oak natural vegetable tanned leather. These items generally start out somewhat stiffer, with a pale color. With exposure to the sun and conditioning however they'll take on a unique character and a golden brown color.
Some general suggestions:
- If desired, set the item in direct sunlight for several hours to begin the darkening process.
- Give your new leather a light coat of oil (neatsfoot oil or mink oil is best) to condition it.
- Apply a leather wax every 5 years or so to help with water resistance and to give it a warm glow.
- Continue to oil every six to twelve months or whenever it starts to feel dry.