Care & Cleaning

A Note: When cutting pieces to make Blair Ritchey products, all parts of the hide are used. This may result in your bag having markings or color variations which are natural and unavoidable when working with leather. They add character and are unique to each item, in some cases will fade with time and use. These characteristics are not considered defects or damages.

Leather

  • To best care for your Blair Ritchey leather good, be sure to avoid exposing it to water and moisture. Never submerge any leather product in water.

  • If you need to clean your leather product, use a damp cloth and gently blot the spot. Do not scrub. Let dry. Multiple attempts may be needed.

  • Protecting: (Only recommended for: Cognac, Black Gator, and Chestnut leathers in the Blair Ritchey line). If you desire to waterproof your Blair Ritchey leather good, use an all-natural protectant (e.g. Otter Wax's Boot Wax). Follow provided directions on product, and always test on a small spot before applying to entire bag.

  • Conditioning: (Only recommended for: Cognac, Black Gator, and Chestnut leathers in the Blair Ritchey line). Personally, I prefer my leather bags untreated to allow the age and use to add character to the leather over time. However, if you wish to keep your bag conditioned, use an all-natural leather salve (e.g. Otter Wax's Leather Salve). Follow provided directions on product, and always test on a small spot before applying to entire bag.
  • The best recommendation for cleaning and caring for your leather goods is to take them to a trusted cobbler or cleaner specializing in leather. 

  • Natural un-dyed leather is a “naked” leather, which is untreated. Its natural beauty and texture darken and change over time as the leather is exposed to sunlight and handling. Marks on the leather are part of the “naked” leather and will fade over time as the leather darkens and ages. (This type pf leather is used in the handles and leather accents on the Penn Carryall Natural Canvas, as well the Veg Tan Origami Envelope and Veg Tan Origami Petite).

Hair on Hide

  • There may be initial shedding along the edges where the hide was cut, but this won't last long and will stop with use.

  • Spills should be treated immediately while the liquid is pooled on the surface of the hair. Spills left to sit on the hide will eventually be absorbed into the leather and may not be able to be removed. Small spills and light soiling can be treated with a mild, non-alkaline soapy solution (eg. shampoo and water), wiping in the direction of the hair. Avoid soaking the hide. Heavy stains should be soaked up immediately with a towel and sponge, scrape any solid matter off the hide, don’t scrub.

Canvas 

  • To clean any Blair Ritchey canvas bag, first remove any solid matter and use a damp cloth to gently blot the area. A small amount of mild soap with water may be used. Apply pressure with each blot. Do not scrub. Best to use a cloth that is not too "nubby" (such as terry cloth), this will create pilling. Let dry. Multiple attempts may be needed.

  • Protecting: If you desire to protect your canvas bag with a stain guard, use one that is non-flammable. Follow provided directions on product, and always test on a small spot before applying to entire bag. (e.g. TriNova Stain Guard).

  • Never submerge bag or accessory in water, dry clean, or place in washing machine. Doing so will ruin product.

Interior Lining 

  • Both the RipStop and Cotton Poplin are stain repellant. 

  • To clean either type of lining, first remove any solid matter and use a damp cloth to gently blot the area. A small amount of mild soap with water may be used. Apply pressure with each blot. Do not scrub. Best to use a cloth that is not too "nubby" (such as terry cloth), this will create pilling. Let dry. Multiple attempts may be needed.

Zipper

  • For your zipper to function best, always use the zipper pull to open and close your bag. Grabbing onto the pom pom or wristlet to open and close your bag may cause it to get caught and not function smoothly. 

 

For all Blair Ritchey products, always spot treat - never submerge in water, dry clean, or place in washing machine. Doing so will ruin product.