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Leather Spotlight: Patent Leather

July 24, 2019

Greetings to all you wonderful readers! Hope you guys are having an awesome week and an even better evening!


If you missed the previous Leather Spotlight about Saffiano Leather, please check it out! In this week's leather spotlight, we're going to take a closer look at a particular leather that is commonly present in today's fashion world. Used for many different handbags, wallets and even clothings, celebrities and passer-bys can be easily spotted styling with accessories or apparels made from patent leather!



As early as 1793, patent Leather was first referenced in a British Periodical 'The Bee, or Literary Weekly Intelligencer'! A certain man by the name of Mr Hand obtained a patent for preparing flexible leather having a glaze and polish that waterproofs it and only needing to be wiped by a sponge to restore it to its original sheen. 


Fun Fact

As the process was recognized by the patent office, this reportedly became the reason why the leather is known as patent leather today!


Patent leather is derived from a chemical finish on leather (usually calf) to give it a shiny and mirror-like surface. The stages and process of making patent leather is similar to that of regular fine quality leather! The only difference is the finishing stage of the leather, as it is coated with lacquer to give it its trademark glossiness. 


Caring for Patent Leather

Worried about accidentally spilling water onto your patent leather wallet? You don't have to, that's because most patent leather are impervious to water! The robust finish of patent leather allows maintenance to be kept at a minimum. Despite its hassle-free qualities, prolonged periods of use as well as exposure to elements such as sunlight will cause the gloss to fade!


Removing Dirt and Debris

First things first! Before we can do any wiping, we'll need to remove any dirt, dust or debris that has accumulated throughout the usage of the item. You may use a soft brush to gently brush away and remove loose dirt. Afterwards, wipe your item with a damp piece of cloth until it has been cleaned thoroughly. Once done, leave it to dry!

Scuffs and Discoloration

Despite have strong resistance against tears and liquid stains compared to our usual leather, light-colored patent leathers are more prone to discoloration due to scratching and scuffing! For leather products, the best cure is prevention! Next time, when you're thinking of storing your patent leather shoes or bags with others, remember to place them in a separate dust bag first. This will prevent colors from other shoes or bags from staining your patent leather bag.


However, how do we deal with the discoloration if it has already occurred? Apply some olive oil or petroleum jelly onto your soft cloth and gently rub it onto the affected area and slowly move on to the rest of the item with the remaining oil. Another alternative is to use a patent leather cleaner too!


Polishing and Shining

Once you're done with the cleaning, you may want to give your patent leather a new shine again! While your item is still moist from the oils you used for cleaning, grab a clean cloth and swiftly rub your leather with a side-to-side motion to buff its shininess!

I hope that you have enjoy reading this article as much as I did writing it! If these tips didn't work for you or if you're looking to redye your patent leather item, why not send us a photo of your patent leather bag, wallet, shoes or belt? We'll work something out just for you! :)

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