Alligator, crocodile, lizard and ostrich Made by passionate and exacting craftsmen with infinite patience, this piece can last a lifetime if you know how to care for it properly. Rare and refined, precious leathers are characterised by their natural texture, which lends them their own unique signature, not unlike human fingerprints: the design formed by the animal’s scales for crocodile, alligator and lizard, and feather follicles for ostrich. Chosen for their beauty and uniformity, precious leathers have special finishes: smooth leathers are polished with agate stone, and mat ones are buffed with wool felt. These operations preserve the skin’s ‘transparency’, the expression of its excellent quality and ability to age well.
The metal pieces – plates, clasps, padlocks, locks, studs, buckles – known as ‘hardware’ in the world of leather goods, are for the most part exclusive to Hermes. They are usually made of brass, polished by hand, and plated with fine gold, palladium or permabrass. Please read the following tips carefully, as they will help you make your Hermes precious leather object a loyal and reliable partner that stands the test of time.
Protect it from bad weather
Extremely sensitive to water and humidity, precious leathers require special care. If the leather comes into contact with water, wipe it immediately with a soft, lint-free cloth. This will prevent the formation of stains and blisters. Also protect it from prolonged exposure to intense light and heat (direct sunlight, in a window, on a radiator, etc.), which may alter the colour.
Keep it away from bad influences
Some materials can leave permanent marks on leather: ink (markers and pens), oily products (makeup and lipstick), perfume and alcohol-based products. Repeated contact with raw or dark textiles can also have undesirable effects on leather that is lighter in colour. Finally, in order to preserve the shape of your Hermes precious leather object, do not overload it or place irregularly shaped items inside.
Offer it frequent holidays
To preserve its original beauty, your Hermes precious leather object needs time to rest. When you are not using it, make sure to provide it with the best possible preservation conditions: a temperate, dry environment away from light, preferably in its original box or dust cover. To maintain its silhouette, place tissue paper or bubble wrap inside and close it. We recommend that you do not use anti-humidity sachets, as they have a drying effect on leather.
Give it the attention it deserves
For daily care, wiping it with a soft, lint-free cloth every now and then will do the trick. Commercial care products are not suitable for Hermes precious leathers. Instead of risking permanent damage by trying to care for your object yourself, it is best to have it cleaned regularly by our expert Hermes craftsmen. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Hermes after-sales service. With a little pampering, your Hermes precious leather object will become more beautiful and develop even more character with each passing year.