How to Care for Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather

Alise only uses the most precious leather, vegetable tanned Italian leather.

The vegetable tanning process utilizes the colors of nature - substances found in trees and vegetables - and is centuries old, uses less water than modern methods, and is chemical-free.

Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures without ruining. The natural aging does not compromise its resistance. It reveals the signs of time and use as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth. The colors of tannins give the leather an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with the passing of time and the daily use.

This fine leather has not undergone any water-repellent treatment. In the case of the leather coming into contact with clean water, new leather does not suffer any permanent damage; however, if the liquid contains impurities (sugar, coffee, detergents) or acidic elements (for example rain that has been polluted by smog), once the water has evaporated, the various impurities therein contained will leave a stain. For this reason, you’ll always want to avoid water drying as drops, even if that mean simply spreading the water across the surface of the bag with your hand. Otherwise it is possible to mend the stained area following these suggestions:

  • Remove the heaviest dirt by using a soft cloth of a natural color. Do not press too hard on the leather.
  • Using a soft sponge, spread the leather with a natural cream, applying it uniformly all over the leather and not only on the stain, in order to re-hydrate and protect the whole surface.

The more quickly you do this after contact with water, the more successful you will be.

If the leather in question is light color, your attention in following these directions should be even more careful, because a lighter leather is more likely to absorb a stain in an irregular manner.

As time goes on, while using your bag, you will notice that due to its special tanning method, its exposure to light, heat and the sun, any possible remaining traces of stains tend to decrease and you will admire that particular patina of “experience” that makes each Alise product unique and personal.