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    Exquisite, luxury handbags—the product of painstaking, sublime craftsmanship—deserve to be treated with the utmost care. Expensive handbags are an investment worth taking care of, and with the right care and maintenance they will stay immaculate for years to come.

    It’s incredibly important to remember that if your luxury handbag is made from leather, it’s essentially an organic material and need to be treated as such.

    Understand Your Bag’s Finish

    • Most leather bags are vegetable tanned with tannin. Leather that is tanned this way can be susceptible to discolouration and may also be cosmetically damaged by water.
    • Chrome tanned skins are more water resistant and are referred to as being ‘wet blue’ due to their steely grey tinge.
    • Full grain is premium-grade hide that has not been buffed in order to showcase the skin’s natural texture and grain.  
    • Top-grain leather is thinner and has had its natural grain augmented by sanding.
    • Coveted exotics from non-cattle skin, such as alligator, crocodile, stingray, ostrich, snake, lizard and patent leather, achieve their high gloss finishes from oils and resin.

    Care and Protect

    • When not in use, store your bag in its dust cover (or a pillowcase) as this will protect it from fading, dusts and even moths.
    • Stuff lightly with tissue paper in order to retain its shape and prevent wrinkles, indents or creases.
    • To prevent mildew, store your bag in a dry, cool environment.
    • You may wish to invest in silica gel sachets to keep in your stored bags, in order to protect them from damp.
    • When you’re out and about, use a portable handbag hook so you don’t have to put your handbag on the dirty floor. They are carefully weighted and designed to hang from the edge of a desk or table and you can find some beautiful styles in lots of designs.

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    • Lightly wipe your handbag after every use, with a soft, microfibre towel in order to get rid of any dampness, dirt or dust.
    • Leather may need a wax dressing and a suitable rain protector, such as Colonill, to keep it stain and watermark free. Wet leather should be wiped down carefully; however, this is not always practical, in which case the leather should be left to dry naturally away from any sources of heat.
    • Never use household cleaners or chemicals to clean leather.  Use cleaners that are designed especially for leather materials.  Purchase a high-quality leather cleaner and follow the directions exactly.
    • Remember to test any topical products on an inconspicuous area of the bag before applying it properly.  This way, you can be sure that it will not harm the material.
    • Use a zipped make-up bag to prevent cosmetics from spilling onto the lining of your luxury bag.
    • Be wary of carrying pens in your handbag, as they can break and cause ink to stain your expensive bag’s lining. Use retractable point pencils if you need a writing implement.

    It’s important to look after your bag in order to ensure that it will look beautiful for years to come; however, you mustn’t be afraid to enjoy using your bag. After all, luxurious handbags are made to be worn and shown off!

     If you are looking for exquisite pre-owned luxury handbags, or second hand Louis Vuitton bags, please do not hesitate to contact me at Naughtipidgins Nest.

     

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    When Coco Chanel expressed that ‘the best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive’ she wasn’t wrong. The Hermès Birkin Bag ranks as one of the most expensive handbags in the world, and has become a symbol of status, wealth and luxury.

    The price of Birkin bags range from £4,800 to £100,000, and saltwater crocodile Birkin bags have been known to sell for over $200,000. The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities, which adds to the exclusivity and scarcity of the iconic bag.

    The Birkin is undoubtedly a cult classic. The style is named after English actress and singer Jane Birkin, after Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to her on a flight from Paris to London in 1981.

    On the plane, Jane Birkin had placed her large, overflowing straw bag in the overhead compartment of her seat, but the contents fell to the floor. Dumas witnessed Birkin get on her hands and knees in order to retrieve the fallen objects, which prompted Birkin to explain to Dumas that it had been difficult for her to find a leather weekend bag she liked. Three years later, he created a magnificent, black supple leather bag for her, simply called the Birkin bag, which was based on an 1892 design. 

    The Birkin is available in a variety of hides, such as calf leather, lizard, ostrich and crocodile. Birkin bags which have leather with smaller scales are actually more expensive than styles with larger scales. The bag is also lined with goat skin, making it a fairly heavy, yet durable, style. The interior colour of the bag matches the colour of its exterior, which creates a sense of flow and continuity and adds to the unique quality of the bag.

    The Birkin is available in a number of sizes, with two of the larger sizes especially intended for use as travelling bags. The iconic bag is available in a rainbow of colours, including pink, red, brown, baby blue, navy blue, olive green, orange, white, black and golden tan. The style also includes a fully functional lock and key fixture.

    The metallic hardware (the lock, keys, buckle hardware and base studs) on the Birkin are often plated with gold in order to prevent tarnishing, and diamonds can be added to the details for added glamour.

    Birkin bags are handmade in France by expert artisans, who use the company's signature saddle stitching, which was painstakingly developed in the 1800s. The style is expensive due to the fact that each bag is hand sewn, buffed, painted and polished, and it takes approximately 48 hours to create one of these exquisite bags.

    If you are looking to buy or Sell your used Hermes bags just contact Naughtipidgins Nest.