Understanding Embossed Leather Handbags
Embossed Leather: Dig Deeper– Embossed leather isn’t leather at all. It’s a type of finish. Embossing means to imprint patterns onto the leather using pressure. It can be either stamped into the leather, or pressed out of it for a raised imprint.
Embossed leather handbags can be made out of practically any type of vegetable tanned leather, although they’re primarily made from cowhide. They have a distinct pattern that has been either stamped into, or raised out of the host leather.
Understanding embossed leather handbags:
- The cowhide is processed the same as usual until it reaches the finishing stage.
- In the finishing stage, the cowhide gets heat-stamped using a high-pressure machine that creates an imitation pattern of such things as alligator, crocodile, alpha-numeric combinations and geometric shapes to name a few. The possibilities are virtually endless.
- Simply put, embossing is the art of stamping a pattern into leather.
- Many designers use embossing to stamp their authenticity tags or their logos onto their leather products.
- Embossing is relatively simple to do and is no way a reliable feature when authenticating designer purses.
How to Clean Embossed Leather Handbags
Cleaning embossed leather handbags is not as easy as it may seem. It requires special care because the pressure needed when removing stains may cause the embossing to rub off gradually. Also, some of the more abrasive cleaners and soaps can penetrate into the embossed texture differently in different parts of the purse, depending on how much use or rubbing it’s received. This can actually cause raising or bubbling of the leather, as well as change the depth of color in different parts of the handbag.
How to care for, clean and condition your embossed leather handbags:
- Clean dust, dirt and most stains with a damp terry cloth or micro-fiber towel.
- Let it air dry naturally, indoors. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or using heat sources such as hair dryers and radiators.
- For more stubborn stains we recommend a quality leather cleaner like Apple Leather Cleaner.
- Using your damp cloth, apply the cleaner to it and wipe off the stained area.
- Let it sit for about half a minute, then wipe off any residue with another clean, damp cloth.
- After drying, apply Leather Honey leather conditioner or another high quality leather balm to re-moisturize the cowhide.
- Use approximately one tea spoon per square foot of surface area. Rub it into the leather gently, until there is no residue or excess cream. Then proceed to the next section.
- Once the whole purse is done, allow it to rest for at least one hour. It’ll take about that long for the leather to absorb the conditioner.
- When not in use, be sure to store your embossed leather purse in a box or cotton dust bag. It needs to breathe. Never put any leather products into plastic bags.
- Don’t fold or stress the purse in any way. Allow it to rest naturally, with plenty of space and nothing sitting on top of it, pressing it under its weight.
- Tuck the strap inside, especially if there’s a chain or hardware on it. This will prevent it from scratching the leather.