Leather is a living material that changes over time. Aesthetic changes due to wear and aging can be observed on shoes or a handbag, as the material undergoes antiquing. The natural antiqued or patina look has such wide appeal that craftsmen are coming around to artificial antiquing.
Antiqued leather is well-established when it comes to shoes, but antiqued leather is also used for handbags… the difference being that the creating the patina of a handbag is an art in its own right that calls for real know-how. We look at the best practices used in luxury antiqued leather:
• The first stage entails taking a rag and solvent (acetone, stripper) to strip the leather. The process has to be carried out gently, layer-by-layer to see how the leather reacts.
• This is followed by brushing or sponging a dye onto the handbag.
• Finishing is the last stage. The leather is conditioned with a nourishing lotion, then wax used to polish the article to achieve the desired effect (matt or shiny).
Artificial antiquing is a good way of satisfying the longing for a personal touch to your leather articles. The art of antiquing can also give your bags and shoes a new lease of life to with a sheen or matt finish.