Product Care

Product Care Guidelines

An authentic Made in Italy product undoubtedly represents a guarantee of quality, prestige, luxury and elegance. Made in Italy is the mark of the master craftsman and, above all, a mark of distinction for those who know how to recognize, and choose, proper high quality.

The excellence of the Italian raw materials, combined with the spirit of our Italian artisans, their attention to detail, their intuition and their undeniable flair assure the uniqueness of your product.
Your product will last for years and its value improves with age: the older it gets, the better it gets.
As a consequence, don't understimate the importance of a proper and correct care and maintenance.

 

HANDBAGS

All the products made by our artisan Laura, are respectful of nature and humans.

Only original Italian vacchetta leather is used, treated using only traditional methods and vegetable tanning procedures. Plant extracts are the secret of the slow and natural process which maintains unaltered the properties of the leather, exalting its quality and fragrance. This process guarantees and preserves individual features such as softness, warmth, resilience and durability over time.

Maintenance and Cleaning

With time, vegetable tanned vacchetta leather darkens, becomming softer and more pleasing to the touch.
For good maintenance and cleaning of your new bag, follow this simple advice.

DO'S

  • keep your bag dry, and do not expose it to light or dust  when not in use,
  • periodically clean and condition the leather using appropriate products,
  • if you haven't used your bag for a while, wipe it with a soft woolen cloth to restore its natural beauty. Light scratches can be treated using a pH-neutral leather cleaner, or one that matches the color of your bag,
  • keep your bag away from 'toxins'. Hair products, perfumes, deodorant and chemicals like alcohol can leave stains,
  • take proper precautions for keeping your bag's shape. Stuff your bag with paper when not in use. Store it in a cloth dust bag. Note that plastic bags can trap moisture and create a damp smelling bag or even mold,
  • when leather bags accidentally get wet, or if you get caught in the rain, it is best to let the bag air dry so it doesn't become deformed or discolored. Do not dry in the sun or too near a source of heat.

DONT'S

  • don't use furniture polish, oil, varnish, ammonia, cleaning solvents, saddle soap, baby wipes or lanolin leather creams/conditioners,
  • don't wash with water or detergents,
  • don't leave your bag in extreme heat or sun. This causes leather to dry out and lose its natural oils, shine and color,
  • don't overstuff your bag. It will loose its shape and stress the leather, especially the handles,
  • don't let spots or stains sit on your bag. Clean immediately. Get it off as best you can but don't try to rub the spot out. Blot instead with a soft clean cloth and then leave it alone. The spot should dissipate into the leather in a short time.

If you have a really bad stain, take it to a professional. Be sure they are specialized in cleaning leather treatments.

For any further information about maintenance and cleaning of your new bag, don't hesitate to contact us. Your specific case will be submitted to the same craftsman who made it just for you.

This way you'll get the best advice.

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CLASSIC APPAREL (GLAM PASSIONE ITALIANA)

A good quality leather apparel product is an expensive item of clothing that everyone would wants to wear for many years. In order to keep a stylish leather apparel product looking great and feeling comfortable, it is imperative to understand how to take proper care of it. Weather conditions, natural body oils and perspiration, and creams, lotions, or makeup, can cause permanent damage to leather.

Keeping a leather apparel product clean involves properly cleaning, conditioning, and drying the leather. For best results we highly recommend take your leather good to a professional specialized in the treatment of leather products.

Cleaning

Cleaning a leather item of clothing involves the use of specialized leather cleaning products. Wipe the surface of your product with a soft damp cloth, then use leather cleaner and apply sparingly with a damp sponge. Wipe again to remove any residue, and leave to dry.
Avoid using cleaning fluid, shoe cream, saddle soap and mink oil. These products contain ingredients that may damage leather. After cleaning, it is important to proceed with a conditioning treatment.

Special care must be taken when cleaning a suede leather or nubuck leather, as these tend to be more delicate and prone to staining. These type of leather are those where the do-it-yourself makes more damages.
Gently rubbing with a terry cloth, or brushing with a suede cleaning brush, are good ways to clean these really delicate leather materials, but always remember that the best choice is a professional cleaning service.

Try to scrape spots using your nails is the wrost thing you can do. Most people do that naturally but you absolutely mustn’t do it to avoid irreparable damages to leather.

Conditioning

Conditioning is a very important aspect of a proper care. There are a wide range of leather conditioners designed specifically for leather clothing items. Leather conditioner keeps the leather supple, and prevents it from drying or cracking. Conditioning a leather apparel product is very important, especially if it gets damp or wet at all. It should be conditioned after it has been carefully cleaned and dried. The conditioning product should be used sparingly, using only enough to provide a very thin, even coat over the leather surface. Apply conditioner with a soft dry cloth. Your leather apparel product should be regularly conditioned at least once a year.

Drying

Drying a leather apparel product, whether after being cleaned or being out in the rain should be done at room temperature (never put leather in a dryer). A wet or damp leather item should never be stored or hung away with other clothes if it is still damp. Mildew loves leather, and trying to remove mildew from leather is very difficult. Before hanging a wet leather item up to dry, any excess water and water spots should be wiped away with a soft, dry cloth. If it has been wet, once it is completely dry, a coat of leather conditioner should be reapplied to keep the material soft and supple.

When you do not use your leather apparel product, always put it on a wooden hanger, not a metal.
Use bags breathable, do not use plastic bags, leather is a breathable material.

Please note that there are plenty of conditioning products and the right choice could make the difference between keep your new leather apparel product looking like it did the day it came home and an irremediable disaster. We recommend that you test any protection and cleaning products on a hidden area of the leather.

If you’re uncertain about how to do something, opt for a professional service. Be sure they are specialized in cleaning leather treatments.

For any further information about maintenance and cleaning of your new product, don't hesitate to contact us. Your specific case will be submitted to the same craftsman who made it just for you.

This way you'll get the best advice.

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MOTORCYCLE APPAREL (GLAM WILD)

The GLAM WILD product purchased by you is made of the finest quality leather, carefully selected at the source by real Italian craftmen who have decades of experience with motorcycle clothing. GLAM WILD only uses leathers that have been treated in Italy by specialized tanneries using tanning and finishing methods that do not use any polluting products, which is why  these leathers do not cause any allergic reaction to contact.

Over time, the product may change through normal use.

Some of the natural features of leather are indicated below to allow you to obtain a better understanding and interpretation of the aspects of quality that distinguish it.

Appearance
Veins, differences in grain and any differences in the tone of color are a guarantee of its original nature. The stiffness of the leather that is sometimes initially found, disappears after a short period of use, through the natural process of adaptation to the body. In case of rain the leather could be damaged, therefore a rainproof suit should be worn to protect the garment under such conditions.

Resistence to abrasion
Leather is still the most suitable material for producing garments for motorcycle use. In fact, it offers extremely high resistance to abrasion, laceration, tearing and rubbing heat, combined with tensile strength and performance in terms of fit that make it unique.

Rubbing
When leather comes constantly into contact with hard surfaces its color may fade, or it may wear more than in other areas. An example might be continuos contact with the tank of the motorcycle, or in the areas where rubbing occurs due to movement. This is an entirely natural effect. Handle any Velcro in the garment carefully, as it may damage other garments or accessories that it may come into contact with.

Fluo (fluorescent)/bright colored leather
On account of its shiny surface, after the initial period of use or after being slightly scratched, the fluo (fluorescent)/bright color may lose some of its shine or color in the scratched area.
This is an entirely natural effect.

Transpiration
Leather is a natural material that allows humidity to pass through it, thus guaranteeing optimum comfort for the human body.

After having briefly explained the natural qualities of this material, we wish to underline that any complaints concerning the leather garment, relating to these exclusively natural aspects, will not be accepted, as any repair or replacement would be effected with leather of the same quality.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Leather garments will last longer if treated correctly. Follow these simple rules:

  • Always check the condition of the protectors; in the event of a fall, replace them with new ones. They can be obtained from your local GLAM WILD dealer or from our website.
  • Our craftsmen will carry out repairs, if the damage is not excessive, by replacing damaged protectors.
  • When the garment is not used for long periods of time, we recommend hanging it up and covering it with a cloth, which allows the leather to breathe and maintains it under the best possible conditions.
  • Don’t let a leather garment dry out. It should be treated regularly with appropriate leather conditioning products to keep  it suppler.

To clean GLAM WILD leather garments, just follow these simple instructions:

  • Do not rub the garment with abrasive brushes or materials.
  • To remove insects and dust, go over the garment with a soft moist sponge and a neutral soap. Dry it off with a soft, clean cloth. We suggest removing the organic residue of insects such as mosquitos, flies and gnats as soon as possible. In that they contains fluids which may prove aggressive on the leather surfaces.
  • To remove grease and oil stains, clean immediately with a moist cloth, rubbing lightly with a circular motion and avoid rubbling the stain too hard.
  • Let the garment dry naturally away from heat and out of direct sunlight. It might be best if hung on a hanger (a wide one to give the appropriate shape to the shoulders) to avoid that it assumes a shape or with folds then difficult to remove.
  • After having been cleaned, when the garment is dry, the leather may feel dry to hard. To restore its initial characteristics, we recommend that you treat it with a moisturizing product. Be careful not to use on the elastic parts on the neck, inside the arms, and on the wrists.

Contact us for further information or take it to a professional who specializes in the treatment of leather products.

 Protectors

The protectors for shoulders, elbows and knees do not require special cleaning because, inserted in special pockets inside garments, they are preserved from dirt and damage caused by exposure to direct sunlight or harmful substances. However, there are rules to be followed for the optimal maintenance of protectors:

  • Remove protectors every time the garment is washed. To clean the protectors, use a damp cloth, gently cleanse and dry away from heat and direct sunlight. Make sure that the protectors are properly repositioned.
  • Do not stack heavy items on a garment with protectors, as they could be deformed or damaged.
  • A regular inspection (at least annually) must be made to the protectors and the fastening system to check for wear or breakage. In the latter case the protectors must be replaced immediately. In any case, protectors must be replaced every 5 years.

For any further information about maintenance and cleaning of your new product, don't esitate to contact us. Your specific case will be submitted to the same craftsman who made it just for you.

This way you'll get the best advise.

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SHOES

Leather
To care for your footwear, we recommend simply wiping the leather with a soft damp cloth to remove surface dirt. For regular cleaning, a damp cloth and mild leather cream can be used.

Use Cedar Shoe Trees
Cedar shoes trees can extend the life of your leather shoes up to three times their expected life span. They draw moisture out of try our shoes; re-awaken the natural structural memory of shoes and prevent leather from wrinkling and cracking.
Using shoe trees daily prevents upper leather from curling and cracking. Shape is maintained by the tension of the shoe tree.

Rotate your Shoes
Shoes need a day off. If you want your fine leather shoes to last longer, never wear them for two consecutive days.

Use a Shoe Horn
Always use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes. This saves the heel collar and counter from unnecessary wear

Maintenance
We highly recommend cleaning your shoes on a regular basis, depending on frequency of use. Material affects the cleaning method. Leather can be polished and conditioned with a leather lotion applied with a soft cloth. Suede looks best when brushed; although special suede brushes are available, a clean toothbrush works just as well. Fabric should be sprayed with a stain guard.

Avoid Heat
Always keep shoes away from direct heat to prevent the leather from drying out. Leather should always dry naturally.

Shoe Bags
When traveling, use shoe bags; this will prevent the soiling from getting in touch with your clothing. If you turn a shoe bag inside out, you can use it as a shoe mitt.

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MOSAIC

Mosaic is the art of creating images with small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art and also an aspect of interior decoration. Mosaics can be found on furniture, tables, decorations, floors, walls, and more. Small pieces, normally of stone or glass of different colours are used to create a pattern or picture. Mosaics are a unique way to give your home an appealing look.

Remember it is a work of art, and was not conceived to be touched or handled; as a consequence, the less it is touched the longer it will last. If you handle it, do it with care. Even though many contemporary artists privilege a smooth and protruding effect on mosaic, beware that tesserae sharp corners could cut.

Cleaning mosaic is very simple, you just have to dust them. To clean any dirt or spots from mosaic tile, you may use some soapy water. Wipe the surface with a damp rag to remove dirt.
If you have specific needs and you want to ‘wash’ them, please note that mosaic with glass tesserae don’t have any specific advertisement, but those with natural stones and marbles could require more attention, so don’t use aggressive cleaning products or others containing furniture polish, oil, varnish, ammonia, cleaning solvents, detergents or similar. Try using a mixture of half vinegar and half water to clean mosaic tile. Scrub the mixture over the mosaic surface with a soft brush or sponge, and rinse with water.

Colored marbles, after a prolonged outdoor and direct sunlight exposure, could fade.

All mosaic items of furniture, works of art, or any other mosaic product sold by this website are handmade, therefore irregularities and slight imperfections guarantee the uniqueness and the authenticity of the product. Such characteristics aren’t defects in workmanship, but a typical feature of an artistic and handcrafted product.

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MICRO-MOSAIC JEWELRY

Micro mosaic jewelry is a special form of mosaic arts that utilizes unusually small mosaic tesserae, to fashion extraordinarily complex and detailed patterns or images.

A very simple solution for cleaning micro mosaic jewelry is warm water with a drop of dish-washing detergent (not concentrate, scented or otherwise “enhanced”). Dip an old soft toothbrush, or make up brush, into the cleaning solution, be sure to give it a good shake to get rid of any excess water and lightly brush the micro-mosaic, in a fast circular motion, for about 10 seconds. The object can then be rinsed for a few seconds with warm water to remove suds. After cleaning, wipe the tiles with a soft cloth.

The metal part of the pin or box or setting are designed with wax, then transformed in silver 800/1000 by a goldsmith and finally polished again to keep silver in its natural untreated aspect. The cotton and fabric necklaces are sewn by hand, those in steel wires are assembled using silver 925/1000 finishes.

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