Leather Care

Leather Care

Regular care of luxury leather products by SageBrown ensures that your leather items will age gracefully and last a lifetime. Our collection is made to the very highest quality, beautifully designed and superbly executed. As leather is a natural product, it is strong, durable and tactile and like skin it breathes and stretches. Any flaws and faults of leather are natural characteristics as are the tones and smell. Over time, our leather products will age gracefully adding character and making them distinct and unique.


SageBrown recommend cleaning the exterior leather with a soft damp cloth. Wring until the cloth is merely damp and wipe the leather in a light circular motion. Repeat using only clean water.  Allow to dry naturally.  Water based stains can be cleaned by rubbing the area with itself.  Do not touch the oil-based stains as the leather will eventually soak up the stain and the stains will disappear.  For accidental spillages of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks on leather, nubuck or suede, please contact us for advice.

Things to avoid

Do not leave in direct sunlight or next to a radiator. Avoid high temperatures and very dry atmospheres.

Do not expose to very wet or damp weather and other similar conditions.

Do not soak the leather and avoid applying strong detergents.


When not in use, SageBrown recommends keeping your leather item in its soft, fabric bag in a cool, dry environment.

Do not store leather goods in plastic bags or other non-porous covers. If clothing must be stored in a garment bag, keep it open for ventilation.

Follow these simple guide lines and your product will last a life time.


What is bridle leather?

Bridle leather is vegetable tanned cowhide that has been finished with fats, waxes and tallow. It gets its name from what it was originally created for - a bridle - the straps on a horse's head, to connect to the reins. It is very strong and long lasting, but more importantly, it is very beautiful and naturally produced.

I have seen a white bloom or deposit on the leather, what is that?

Bridle leather is impregnated with oils, fats and waxes to make it strong, and keep it supple. The white deposit you sometimes see on bridle leather is tallow, migrating to the surface of the leather. The bridle we use is of the highest grade, and the oils, waxes and tallow are hand worked into the leather, to achieve a high degree of penetration.

Although we polish all SageBrown bridle items at the final finishing and inspection stage, the whiteness will migrate back to the surface after a period of time. This is quite normal, and is a sign of the high quality of bridle we use demonstrating the degree to which the waxes fats and oils have penetrated into the leather (lesser 'bridle' leathers can have a finish sprayed on at the end of its process).

The leather, if brushed with horse hair brush, will buff back to a beautiful shine. A cloth tends to wipe off the oils that feed the hide. The whiteness is a sign much appreciated by connoisseurs of leather.

What is Saffiano Leather?

Not to be confused with being a type of leather, Saffiano is the texture embossed onto a leather hide. It is recognised by its criss-cross appearance and mildly grainy feel. Originating from a tannery in Italy, Saffiano gets its name from the criss-cross print that is pressed into the wax which coats the leather.

If we magnify this image of our Flat Leather Credit Card Wallet, you can see the criss-cross saffiano texture we have embossed into the calf leather. Whilst keeping the design of the card holder both sleek and stylish, the design of saffiano texture allows for durability and stain resistance. With the saffiano texture you are provided with a hallmark of quality and guarantee that a product will last for years! Owing to this, this particular style of leather is becoming increasingly popular in the fashion and leather industry, as consumers are drawn in by its elegant and seek appearance alongside its durability.

What is Nubuck Leather?

Nubuck is top-grain calf leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface. A nubuck box will gently remove light stains and dirt from nubuck. Gently rub any marks with the crepe rubber side, then use the synthetic side to roughen the fibres. More persistent stains can be treated with a special suede cleaner. Use sparingly on a piece of clean cloth and delicately dab the stain.

Brass Locks

The traditional brass locks we use on some briefcases and portfolios are handmade in England using traditional methods. They are not lacquered and so over time and use they may tarnish. If this happens please use some brass polish, without touching the leather, and buff with a soft cloth to shine.


Briefcases, handbags, holdalls and portfolios have a lifetime service warranty from the date of purchase and covers manufacturing or materials defect under normal conditions of use. Simply get in touch with our customer services team for more information or call us on +44 (0)20 7287 5757

SageBrown accepts no liability for damage, defects or scratches caused by fair wear or tear and accident or misuse. See our T&C's for more information.

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