When it comes to investing in luxury handbags, buying vintage often gets you the most “bang for your buck!” But maintaining the longevity of your investment can be just as important as purchasing decisions. Here are five things you should never do with your luxury handbag:
1. Never skip on prevention, cleaning and maintenance.
Your handbag will need periodic TLC, especially if it’s made of leather, suede or other luxury materials. For leather items, it’s important to prevent any stains or markings before they happen, and you can do this by applying a quality cream treatment from the start. In addition, you should wipe your leather handbag down using a lint free, non-abrasive cloth. Avoid contact with water, grease and substances that might transfer their pigments onto the surface. NEVER use vinegar, saddle soap or chemical wipes that aren’t specifically recommended for high-end leather goods. Use treatments only on the materials for which they were designed, and start with a small amount of cleaner in an inconspicuous area.
Be sure to polish any metal buckles, tags or accessories with a non-abrasive cloth. This will help to ward off potential corrosion over time. Keep ingyour item out of excessively humid, damp or hot environments will go a long way to preserve the life of the piece.
To really ensure the life of your handbag over time, it’s a good idea to take it to a professional. Highly trained specialists use a variety of methods to gently remove any stains and keep your handbag in tip top shape.
2. Never hang your bag when storing.
Hanging your bag from hooks or hangers can cause warping and places stress on the straps. It can also cause the bag to loose some of it’s form. When possible, always store your handbag in the original box or dust bag. If you don’t have these, a cotton pillow case works well. Make sure you use a light color pillow case that won’t discolor your handbag.
Another way to maintain the shape of your bag is to keep it stuffed with paper when your not using it. Use the original paper that came with the bag, or, if you bought vintage, find an acid free tissue paper that won’t leach color or chemicals that stain the inside of your bag. Be sure your bag isn’t cramped or smothered in a tight space.
3. Never leave your bag in sunlight.
No matter what kind of material your luxury handbag is made from, it’s important to never leave it sitting in direct sunlight. This can cause fading and damage, especially for leather and suede items.
4. Never give up on an old or broken bag.
Luxury handbags are well made, durable items that are meant to last. Just because your handbag suffers damage, such as a broken zipper, a tear, or a broken strap, doesn’t mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. A quick google search should reveal a few (or several) local leather repair specialists who work daily with luxury handbags. It will cost much less to have your item repaired vs. replacing it, and it will retain it’s value.
When in doubt, visit the retailer where you purchased your handbag. Often, they will be able to conduct repairs on site. If not, they’ll most likely know exactly where to have repairs completed.
5. Never opt for a knock-off.
Knock-offs may seem like an immediate cost saving option. However, you’ll quickly learn, as your knock-off falls to bits, that you would have saved more money in the long run by investing a quality, durable luxury handbag that lasts over time. Additionally, knock-offs have little to absolutely no resale value. On the other hand, you’ll be able to resell your authentic luxury handbag for a competitive price and use the profits to upgrade to a newer model.