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Leather Spotlight: Saffiano Leather

June 26, 2019

How is everyone doing? It is currently dengue season and some of my friends and family have started falling sick. Please take good care of your health and drink plenty of water during this period! 

 

Have you ever heard of Saffiano leather? Well, if you haven't then you're in luck because today I'll be diving deep into the history as well as some tips on caring for such an elegant piece of leather! Used exclusively by Prada for decades, Saffiano leather has found its way to the belts and wallets of other big names such as Michael Kors, Longchamp and Coach. That's just to name a few! The combination of durability and stain resistance with sophistication and elegance is monumental in contributing to its popularity!

 

 

History

Saffiano leather originated from Italy, where it was believed to have been created by Mario Prada himself. After getting the new leather visual patented, Prada went on to create many of his most successful bags ever since! Once the patent expired, his competitors started using the leather as well.

 

 

 

Leather which obtain their grain patterns via stamping methods are also known as "textured leathers". Saffiano leather is well known for its diagonal cross-hatch pattern which are pressed into the wax coating by machine, also giving it a little sheen! Did you know that Saffiano leather can be made of faux or genuine leather? Due to the how great the coating is, usually cheaper corrected leathers are often used to conceal the imperfections of the hide.

 

As time passes, there have been many similar leather optics which surfaced in the market. One of such leather was Palmellato! Visually it looks similar, however the main difference is the rounder grain pattern making for a more uniform look. Aside from its durability and resistance to most form of harm, only sharp objects can really harm the textured leathers by cutting through the wax finish!

 

 

 

Caring for Saffiano Leather

If you thought that durability is the only strong point of this leather, think again! Saffiano leather are also generally easy to clean. Before proceeding to clean your Saffiano product, make sure to take a look at the cleaning tags!

 

When you decide to do the cleaning yourself, remember to empty your handbag or purse before doing so! I recommend that you test your selected cleaning method or product on a concealed area and let it dry before proceeding to do the rest of the bag. Don't forget to check your brush or cloth is removing any colour from the leather! In such cases, stop immediately and look for another cleaning method! If you are interested to learn more about how to care for your handbags, check out this article!

 

For lighter stains or dirt, baby wipes are excellent for cleaning as they are very gentle! If you experience dirt that is stuck in between the groves of the grain pattern, you may also use a soft damp brush instead of a cloth. However, be careful not to press too hard as it may damage the sheen of the leather. If you are experiencing a more serious stain, I recommend sending your bag to a leather professional to get it cleaned!

 

 

Storing Saffiano Leather Products

Just like any other leather bags and purses, Saffiano leather products should also be stored in dust bags when not in use. You should also store it away in a place away from direct sunlight or areas with excessive changes of heat as it might affect the leather's colour and shape overtime. It is also effective to stuff the bag with newspaper when you're not using the bag to maintain its shape for as long as possible! Lastly, you may also use leather conditioners to ensure that the leather stays soft. I know you're probably thinking that this is too much hassle, but it's a small price to pay for long-term happiness! 

 

Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it! On a side note, we are proud to announce that we have recently opened up a new service line which is the repairing and restoration of leather car seats! If your car seats require a minor patch up or restoration and you do not want to get your entire car seats changed, then send us a photo of your car seat and get a free assessment today!

 

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