Aging of the staff’s leather item 2018.10.22 | English |
Italian vegetable tanned leather is what we use in Munekawa products. The leather made from organic elements become mellow by its tone and texture as time passes, which we call this aging. We can say that the aging which brings changes of texture is one of the pleasure of using leather items. But although you know the word “aging”, you might not know how exactly it would change. Let’s have a look the items which our staff actually uses, and you might feel more familiar with how leather develops.
Iwamoto, craftsperson’s leather item
These are the items what Iwamoto is using. Red bi-fold wallet with strap “Fasten”, blue card case “Tuck” and the natural color shoehorn key ring “Grid”. She told us she’s using the bi-fold wallet and the key ring for about four months, and the card case is about two months. You can see that it’s getting glossy and the tone is getting darker although she hasn’t used for long.
How she usually use
Iwamoto: I usually take care of my items with oil once a month, but still it’s fine to do it once in three to six months. When I always take care of them, it gets shiny and raise me up when using.
How the leather would develop will be different by how often you take care of, even if you’re using the items for the same period of time. There’s no correct answer in aging. We can see various changes by how people would use in each lifestyles, and we enjoy seeing those amazing develops between each items.
She usually brings with other necessities inside her bag every day. She says she’s not treating it carefully just because it’s leather.
Iwamoto: When I put these inside my bag with other things, it gets some scratches but I think that will also be tasteful. If there’s a scratch you’re annoying with, put one or two water drops and polish with a dry cloth. It’ll settle down pretty much, but you need to be careful not to polish one spot too much since it would be too glossy.
Purse, card case and key ring are necessities for her every day. That’s why it’s important to use the items naturally but not cautiously.
How you use will appear directly to its characteristic and that’s one of the charm of the vegetable tanned leather.
To imagine how leather develops
There’re various types of leather that can easily develop and that cannot. It might be difficult to imagine unless you actually use it.
You can see some samples of item that have developed at our store. You can actually see and feel how leathers would be soft, how each color would change. Please visit our shop once, we hope to see you soon.
What we introduced today
Bi-fold wallet with strap “Fasten”
Card case “Tuck”
Shoehorn key ring “Grid”
note: The key ring we introduced today is a special edition for Father’s day, and we already finished it. The standard edition is always here, please check Munekawa in Etsy. Thank you.
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