As part of our Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Are Studio offers a selection of leather types: naked finished aniline leather, semi-aniline leather, and latigo leather. Each of the hides has unique characteristics and can include variations in color, texture and markings. We embrace leather imperfections, whether inherent or created by daily wear. Each bag includes a hangtag specifying the type of leather used, along with care instructions recommended prior to use. First, identify the type of leather used for your bag on the hang tag or description on the website and read on for further information.
- Naked Finish Leather: Naked finish aniline (vegetable tanned) cow leather has a natural grain. It is soft to the touch with a matte finish. This leather will take on markings made by the user and is not meant to stay pristine. Bag leather will evolve over time with daily use, developing a patina, either becoming lighter or darker, depending on how the user chooses to wear the bag. We recommend using a commercial grade protective treatment to avoid general staining of the leather prior to use, such as Kiwi’s Protect All spray / Tarrago Nano Protector spray / Dr. Jackson’s Rain & Stain Repellant
- Semi-Aniline Leather: Semi-aniline cow leather has a smooth finish. This leather will evolve over time with daily use, developing a patina, depending on how the user wears the bag. We recommend using a commercial grade protective treatment to avoid general staining of the leather prior to use, such as Kiwi’s Protect All spray / Tarrago Nano Protector spray / Dr. Jackson’s Rain & Stain Repellant
- Latigo Leather: Latigo cow leather is vegetable tanned. It has a smooth grain and is created using oils and waxes to accomplish a deep and rich finish. This natural leather will wear in and evolve over time. We recommend wiping the leather with a dry cloth to remove stains or consulting a leather care professional for care or maintenance long term.
There are many protective treatment products for leather on the market that will all do the job of keeping your bag protected against water and general staining, but the ones mentioned above are products that we've used with success. Keep in mind, no product can guarantee 100% waterproofing or stain-proofing. Are Studio is not responsible for the application of treatment products or stains made by customers ~ follow the directions given on the product and contact the product manufacturer if questions arise.