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Care Instructions

All products are created one-by-one by our craftspeople. 

Each bag has been produced by unique techniques, special treatments, and hand finishing. 

Please handle with care to maintain its quality and material by minding instructions or notes we mention below: 

Ponyhair / Hair-on-hide

Avoid constant rubbing, foreign contact, and direct pressure on fabric. Clean with soft bristle brush. Brush in direction of the hair. We recommend using a twilly on Ponyhair handles to preserve the hair on handles of the bag. Ponyhair is a beautiful, yet delicate material. 

Vegan Leather

If dust or light dirt is evident, clean with a soft cloth and warm water. For embossed or textured surfaces – like our Pebble and Croc styles – use a dampened toothbrush to gently clean between the grooves.  Take care to avoid the metallic foil BRANDON BLACKWOOD  logo - the foil will not hold up against brushing. 

Genuine Leather

Handle leather handbags with clean hands. If a soft cloth and lukewarm water does not work,  apply cleaner specifically made for genuine leather. Moisturize your handbag with leather conditioner to keep it supple once a year. Larger stains and pieces of dirt should be handled by leather care specialist. 

Suede leather

Use a clean cloth and gently rub your bag to remove surface marks. Don’t press too hard so as to make sure not to ruin the texture of the suede. To clear dust from your bag and re-store it’s first appearance, use a specialty leather brush. Brush the suede in one single direction to clean away dust and dirt from your purse. If the stain/dirt persists, please take to a leather specialist for professional cleaning.

Shearling

With shearling, the wool side of the material may pick up debris and dirt. Remove smaller to larger pieces with a pair of tweezers to avoid tangling the wool. It is okay to use a naturally-derived mild shampoo, free of dyes, phthalates, sulfates, and parabens, to lightly wipe shearling. Do not allow the moisture to soak through the backside of the material. We also recommend taking to a leather specialist if heavily stained. Shearling is a natural material, it’s necessary to make sure you store your shearling items in something that allows them to breathe. Never store in plastic containers or bags, as this can trap moisture within the material. Do not store in direct lighting or in high temperatures, as this will cause the shearling the fade and dry out which can potentially lead to cracking. One of the only factors that are necessary to keep in mind is that it is an elastic material and will stretch over time. Handbags should not be overstuffed or laden with heavy items to avoid stretching and potential tearing.

Nylon 

If dust or light dirt is evident, lightly clean with a soft cloth with warm soap water. Wiping the bag gently will remove most debris. For stubborn stains, apply gentle pressure and rub until the mark disappears. If you still can't get rid of a stain, scrub it with a damp stiff-bristled brush. Blot the handbag with a clean towel to remove excess moisture. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything in it.

Straw Wicker

Gently wipe with soft rag and oil-based soapy water to remove visible stains or dirt. Keep bag away from high humidity as material is prone to mildew. Tougher oil or grease stains and mildew may require use of a soft bristle toothbrush. Avoid brushing too hard. After cleaning, wipe the area with clean cloth to remove soap residue.

Straw bags undergo a natural oxidation process which darken the straw material. This is a natural process, but storing it in a dust bag away from sunlight will delay the process.

Mesh bags

The inside can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything in it.

Terrycloth

The nature of terry cloth bags makes them particularly prone to pick up dirt and satins. Avoid rubbing, foreign contact, and direct pressure with any other materials. If stains are visible, massage liquid non-abrasive soap in the area. Using a damp cloth and further massage until the stain is gone. Wash off remaining soap with a clean damp clean cloth. Allow the bag to dry completely overnight. Once dry, fluff up bag. Repeat the process as necessary.

Snakeskin/Python

Like most natural materials, keep the bag in a well ventilated area and preferably inside a dust bag. A stable brush is recommended to remove dust from the bag - make sure to gently clean under the scales. After dusting, you may use a reptile skin cream to condition the bag.

Light stains can be removed with a slightly-wet almost-dry damp cloth. For severe stains, please visit a professional cleaning service. Cleaning at home with water is not recommended due to cracking that results when the skin absorbs water. Avoid taking your bag out during rainy weather and using artificial heat (like a blow dryer) to dry because it will cause the skin to crack.

Rhinestone/Beaded Bags

[Rhinestone/Beaded] bags should be relatively easy to clean. If the [stones/beads] are losing their sparkle or looking foggy, wipe them with soft, damp cloth. Use a toothbrush and soapy water to clean between the [rhinestones/beads] and the fabric under them. For hard-to-get-into areas, use a Q-tip and glass cleaner to remove dust and dirt. Do not force Q-top or toothbrush in open areas because it will damage rhinestone/beads.

Rex rabbit

Following proper care instructions is particularly important for rabbit fur.  While the fur is thick and durable, avoid storing and exposing to high heat and light and avoid constant rubbing, foreign contact, and direct pressure on fabric. It’s necessary to make sure you store your rex rabbit items in something that allows them to breathe. Never store in plastic containers or bags, as this can trap moisture within the material.

Remove stains from the fur as soon as possible. Blot up as much of the stain as possible with a soft rag and void rubbing or the stain may spread.

It is okay to use a naturally-derived mild shampoo, free of dyes, phthalates, sulfates, and parabens, to lightly wipe material. Do not allow the moisture to soak through the backside of the fur. 

Crocodile

Like most natural materials, keep the bag in a well ventilated area and preferably inside a dust bag. Using a lightly damp cloth, wipe crocodile skin clean and wipe moisture right away with a dry towel. It is always advised to use a conditioner specifically made for crocodile skin.

Never store in plastic containers or bags, as this can trap moisture within the material and promote cracking of the skin.

For heavy stains and grease, lanolin-based leather cleaners will typically fix the problem. Always test a small section first! Avoid taking your bag out during rainy weather and using artificial heat (like a blow dryer) to dry because it will damage the skin. It is advised to take your bag to a professional exotic skin cleaner every year.

Antelope

Antelope skin tends to be supple, although the hair is usually stiff and flat. Like most natural materials, keep the bag in a well ventilated area and preferably inside a dust bag. Avoid constant rubbing, foreign contact, and direct pressure on fabric. Clean with a soft bristle brush. Brush in the direction of the hair. Antelope is a beautiful, yet delicate material. Light stains can be removed with a slightly-wet almost-dry damp cloth. For severe stains, please visit a professional cleaning service. Avoid using your bag during extreme weather conditions ie. rain, snow, hail, etc. 

It is advised to take your bag to a professional fur cleaner every year.

Satin

Material is highly sensitive to any oils, lotion and makeup. For oil stains, sprinkle some talcum powder or flour on top, and let sit for a few hours to soak up the stain. Do this as soon as possible to avoid the stain from setting into material. If dust or light dirt is evident, lightly clean with a soft cloth, cold water, and non-abrasive satin/silk soap. Gently blob the stain to remove debris. If water stain is still visible, blot the handbag with a clean towel to remove excess moisture and soap. Allow the bag to air dry before use. Repeat the process if necessary.

Wax Denim

If dust or light dirt is evident, lightly clean with a soft cloth with warm soap water. Wiping the bag gently will remove most debris. For stubborn stains, apply gentle pressure and rub until the mark disappears. If you still can't get rid of a stain, scrub it with a damp stiff-bristled brush. Blot the handbag with a clean towel to remove excess moisture. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything in it. Note - scrubbing too hard will require the bag to be professionally rewaxed again. 

Faux Mink

If faux mink has visible stains or dirt, gently brush off loose particles with a soft brush. Avoid brushing too hard to prevent tangling or ripping the fibers. If stains remain, use a non-abrasive soap and warm water to wipe clean, but always test a small section to check for discoloration or other forms of damage. If no damage occurs, lightly damp a terry cloth towel and wipe in the direction of the mink fibers. Repeat as necessary and as gentle as possible. Allow the bag to air dry before putting anything in it.

Our customer service team can be reached directly at info@brandonblackwood.com to further assist you.

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