72 Smalldive Leather products care center

Congratulation, you are ready to invest or have invested in a very special, very unique and beautiful handbag, wallet or belt that will last for generations and you need to care for it. Let’s start first with the material.

About the Leather

The leathers are primarily full and top grain calf leather, tanned with soluble dyes. These hides retain the natural surface with visible pores, scars, and grains of the original animal skin structure. The Saffiano (cross-hatched texture) and grained leather products are made from calf leather which undergo a pattern print process that presses a wax coating onto the surface. The process give leather a more uniform surface, reducing the appearance of the natural leather grain, scars, and any visible pores. The products will develop a patina and deeper grain lines over time.

The following steps you may take to care for your product to lengthen the lifespan and beauty. 

If your 72 Smalldive product has been damaged within 6 months of usage, please send us a message and we will assist in replacing or repairing the product at no charge but shipping. A refund may also be considered if we are unable to replace or repair the product.

 

What is full grain leather?

The strongest and most durable part of the hide of an animal is the topmost layer. The grain pattern in this part of the hide is tight, and the leather made from here is called "full-grain" leather. Full-grain leather is the strongest and most durable leather. Additionally, since the grain is tight, it resists moisture well. Over time, full-grain leather will look nicer and develop a patina from being handled.

What is top-grain leather?

The next best and second strongest leather is called "top-grain" leather. Top grain leather is similar to full-grain leather, except that the top couple millimeters have been sanded and buffed to take away imperfections. 

Why do I see marks and deep crease line on a leather product?

Even the highest quality leather will have small irregularities: from healed scrapes where the animal brushed against objects in their natural environment, to insect bites, to branding done by the rancher, to fatty areas and neck wrinkles and even vein marks. These slight irregularities are incorporated into 72 Smalldive products to showcase each product's natural individuality and handcrafted nature. These marks may become less distinctive when product becomes seasoned with usage

A word on imperfection vs defective

All 72 Smalldive products are handmade by European leather craftsmen (Italian and Spanish). Handmade products often carry some characteristics of our human nature. What might seem as an “imperfection” observed from your product is in fact an inherent characteristic of our craftsmen’s skills; this is also known as manodòpera (manual work) in Italy. Owning a 72 Smalldive product also means inheriting the handmade & heartfelt attributes from our artisans.

My Small Store hopes that this will give a meaningful experience for 72 Smalldive’s artisans.

Does 72 Smalldive leather products peel?

Peeling usually occurs with split leather and bonded leather products. Split and bonded leather are processed leather with synthetic surface finishing. The finishing wears off over time or when wet. 72 Smalldive uses only full grain and top grain leather for bags, wallets, and belts, even the suede belts are not coated with synthetic surfaces. Thus, peeling is an unlikely to occur with 72 Smalldive products. If it happens, please contact My Small Store for a replacement.

What is the lifespan of a 72 Smalldive product? 

Typically, wallets and bags will be around for years of usage – unless you are careless, and leave them exposed to humidity, water and too much heat. Depending on how often a belt a used, belts remain presentable and functional for long years if worn daily.

What are the possible damages 72 Smalldive product may incur?

Accident happen and here are a few solutions:

  • Wet... 
    If your product has been caught in a rain, the best way to dry a leather is to sponge off the water and leave product to dry in a well-ventilated room. DO NOT fast dry over a hair dryer, a radiator or any heated source. Fast drying shrinks the leather and is the most certain way of causing your leather to show crack lines.
  • Cracked leather surface
    Genuine leather products that are used regularly have tend to have shinier and smoother surfaces. Crackling, if not due to fast drying, may occur due to lack of use for over a long period of time. We recommend using the product for consecutive days. If surface remains dry, we suggest performing quick polish with a neutral colored leather cream.
  • Stains
    A quick way to remove them is to give the affected surface a gentle rub with a product that contains trace of calcium carbonate, which is often used in removing tarnish of silver. Ink stains, however, will remain stubbornly intact on leather, keep pens and leaky pens at a distant from all leather products, not just 72 Smalldive ones! 

Metal parts

In highly humid places, plated accessories may become dull. Give the metal parts a quick polish with a micro-fibre cloth before keeping the item in your wardrobe. For stubborn dull metal parts, give it a thorough polish with a product that contains trace of calcium carbonate. However, if unavailable, denatured cleaning alcohol or metal polishing cream for silver plated metals would do the job as well. When using an unknown product, test the product on a small area of the metal. 

Unraveling thread

As 72 Smalldive products are sewn with hand operated machine, there may be occasions the extra threading were left untrimmed or in very rare occasion, the hand knotted thread ends get broken. Do not pull the thread as this will worsen the unraveling of the thread.

Verify if it is an untrimmed thread, which usually originates from a knot. If it is, snip off the excess thread with a pair of small scissors and seal off the thread.

If the thread is from a broken knot, seek the assistance of a leather repair shop to have the part re-knotted manually with a thread and needle, a technique also known as Punto-a-mano in Italy. 

Unraveling of handles and other assembled parts 

Overloading your bag or extreme force may cause assembled joints of your leather products to fall apart. In such instances, the parts may be re-assembled, sewn, and reknotted by a leather smith.

Wear and tear of inner lining

Typically, inner lining undergoes fraying over time. 72 Smalldive inner lining are made with resinated cotton fabric (for bags) and synthetic silk (for wallets). The resinated fabric are less likely to fray. Lining of bags can be easily replaced with the assistance of a leather smith. To avoid fraying of wallet lining, avoid overloading your wallet with too much content and keep wallet dry. Keeping your wallet in a jacket inner pocket, a bag, pouch, or document case instead of at the back of your pants pocket, is the best approach in keeping wallet in pristine condition. 

Wear and tear of magnetic clasp or fastening buttons

72 Smalldive uses self-centering magnets which typically has a long lifespan. If your item has a faulty button or magnetic clasp after usage, they may be replaced with a new one. Seek your local artisan for assistance on how items may be replaced.