Nothing feels better than to cash your pay check and head to the nearest mall to get that $2,000 Gucci leather top handle bag you’ve been dreaming about.
Some might call it “overspending.” We call it “investing”. And just like any investment, precious luxury bags need to be looked after, especially if you intend on getting your return on investment.
Experts at The Luxury Closet, the Dubai-based online boutique for buying and selling luxury goods, share their tips on how to care for prized possessions to keep their look – and value - intact.
Store your item in its original packaging: Elisabeth Bohler, head of Merchandising at The Luxury Closet, recommends storing all leather goods in the stuffing, dust bag and box they come in. This protects them from coming in contact with other items or being exposed to the sun, therefore reducing their risks of damage. Keeping the original packaging also increases their chances to sell.
Protect your leather goods: Apply an anti-rain coat on your leather goods to avoid common damage. Don’t forget that leather is like any skin and can get affected by sunlight, rain or any liquids it absorbs. This can change its original colour and texture; something you don’t want happening to your precious investment.
Keep pens away: Pen marks are the biggest enemy of leather goods according to Bohler, because they cannot be erased. If you carry pens in your bag, remind yourself to close them securely to avoid inside marks, or opt for a pencil case to be on the safe side.
Luxury pieces mean luxury care: Do not place your leather bag on the floor if you’re sitting in a restaurant, and avoid getting it in contact with dark clothes that could transfer colours. Take care of any food or drinks close to your bag, too, to avoid stains that cannot be removed.
Keep the shape of your bag: Stuffing and placing it on a pants hanger will avoid damage to its form. Some shapes, such as square or flap, can be damaged if your bag is placed on a flat floor for a long period of time.
Do not dye a luxury bag with a third party company if you wish to resell it: Bohler explains dyeing your bag with a different company, such as a shoe cleaner or bag servicing company, can affect its luxury value and authenticity, meaning most resale companies will not accept it for resale. She recommends dying it through its original brand.
Clean your bag before reselling: Companies like The Luxury Closet don’t offer cleaning services, so they advise customers to clean their leather goods through the original brands. This keeps them in top condition with minimum stains and faults.
Do not try to clean your patent leather luxury bag: It is impossible to do, says Bholer. “Patent leather is like a topcoat on your nails. Once there is a stain on it, you cannot remove it.”
Take professional pictures of your bag: It will look much more appealing if displayed with stuffing and a nice background than without. Opt for a standard white background as it’s used by most companies.
Keep your receipt: It gives you credibility and trust and ensures the authenticity of your luxury bag. In some cases, it can also help you get your bag cleaned or exchanged with the originalFor all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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