A lot of skill goes into handcrafting our Italian suede and leather handbags from our sister artisans, Alessandra & Elisabetta. From Florentine bucket bags to leather structured bags, these handmade bags are made with a natural material, which needs to be treated with special care for long-lasting beauty. Whether you have recently purchased a Uno Alla Volta handbag or plan to in the near future, then we’ve got you covered! Here are the best ways to care for your handmade bag so that it remains in pristine condition for many years to enjoy.

Florentine Leather

One of the best ways to lengthen the life of leather is to avoid using leather treatment, which may clog the pores of the leather due to active chemicals. Since leather can absorb leaks such as makeup, perfume, and pens, it is best to remove these items after a day out to avoid staining the material. If this does occur, you may need to take it to a professional so they can treat the bag. Other situations may occur such as heavy rain or an accidental spill. We suggest using a soft cloth to gently wipe off any wet spots as quickly as possible. When the bag is not in use, store it in a dust bag to prevent scratches and dust accumulation so that the leather maintains its sheen.

Florentine Suede

Suede is a delicate material. Over time, suede can accumulate dirt. A cleaning brush will help scrub out any dirt lingering on the bag. To remove any dirt or dust, use light strokes and gently brush the bag in one direction. If your bag gets soaked in the rain, use a dry cloth to soak up any excess water and then let it dry in a well-ventilated area. Once dried, lightly brush the bag with the suede brush for a fresh, clean look. If you don’t plan on using your bag for quite some time, you can store it in a dust bag, pillowcase, or in a box.

Maintaining Its Shape

If you plan to store your bag away for the season, a great way to maintain the bags original shape is to stuff it. You can use newspaper, tissue paper, or even a sweater or t-shirt that you planned on tossing or donating. Also, store your straps inside the bag to prevent any scuffs. These are our best solutions to making your investments last so you can pass your handmade handbag down for many generations.