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It’s been a couple of months since I started buying luxury handbags from Vestiaire Collective so I wanted to write a post about how to take care of luxury handbags. These tips have helped me store my designer goods in tip-top condition.
I’m not the type to love all things designer. I love shopping at cute gift stores and buying affordable clothing. However, when it comes to bags and accessories such as wallets and scarves, I’m willing to fork out more money (I also like eating out at nice restaurants like Pica Pica and Agehan).
I have to be careful how I spend my money. It would be amazing if I could buy and eat everything I want but life doesn’t work like that. I started to really get into luxury goods at the beginning of 2021. So I had to cut out unnecessary expenses to buy things I really want. Most of the designer items I bought are pre-owned but they’re still not cheap!
Can you imagine paying so much money just for your luxury handbags to wear out quickly? I wanted mine to stay in top-notch shape as much as I can. It takes some time and money to care for your luxury handbags but it’s something I’m willing to do.
1) Use Dust Bags
They come with your luxury handbags for a reason. It might sound stupid now but before, I never understood the use of dust bags. I thought it was useless. When I was younger, my mom gave me a hand-me-down black Balenciaga bag. It wasn’t a bag that I LOVED but it was free so can’t complain.
When I graduated from university, I shipped some stuff from Boston to Hong Kong (the bag was one of the items). I was uncertain where I would be for the next few years so my parents suggested for I send the rest of my stuff back with them. Hong Kong is always going to be a base because they’re here.
After my 14 day quarantine in the hotel and officially moved back to Hong Kong, I was unpacking those same boxes I sent back years ago. I honestly forgot about most of the stuff inside. As I was unpacking, I found that black Balenciaga bag. To my horror, I didn’t put it in a dust bag. It was sitting on top of all my folders and binders.
The bag was almost ruined which shouldn’t be surprising. The corners of my folders scratched the bag badly. What was I thinking? My bag would have been in much better condition had I store it properly aka put it in a dust bag. It certainly wouldn’t look like what it does now.
There’s a reason why luxury handbags come with dust bags. Putting your luxury handbags will help with dust, dirt, and scratches. Use them! Learn from me and don’t make this same mistake.
2) Storing Your Luxury Handbags Well
The closet currently in my room is mostly filled with my mom’s and dad’s stuff. There’s barely any space for me. I understand because I was away for years. They had this extra space but now they have to make space since I moved back.
You can store your luxury handbags in an upright position with these bag hangers. I considered hanging my bags up but it puts a lot of pressure on the leather.
You should also stuff your bag with blank tissue papers for your bag to keep its shape.
3) Use Dehumidifier Pads
I spend a lot of my time on YouTube. When I started collecting luxury handbags, many YouTubers suggested letting your bag sit out in the open. The leather needs to breathe.
But these influencers don’t live in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is known to have limited space. I do not have a walk-in closet here so the only thing I can do is to put my bags either in bag hangers or my closet.
The issue is that Hong Kong is a very humid place. It’s common for leather to grow mould here. The solution to that problem is buying dehumidifier pads. I go to Japan Home Centre (a shop that is known to sell household goods) to buy some. I put these dehumidifiers near my bag when it’s inside my closet to prevent mould.
Change the dehumidifier pads every couple of months and check up on your bags to make sure there is no mould.
4) Get Professional Help for Stains/Mold
As most millennials would do, we tend to Google things because we want quick answers. I would recommend not trying these DIY tricks floating on the internet.
I do baby my bags and am careful with how often I use them. So far, I’ve done a pretty good job of getting any stains/mould on them. However, if I do, I would take them to a professional rather than fixing them myself. You get to save money if you do them yourself but how confident are you in your abilities to remove stains from leather bags?
(When I talk about luxury bags, I am mostly talking about leather bags. I am aware that there are all sorts of material but this post is going to be talking about leather bags.)
5) Apply Leather Cleaner and Protection Cream
I have a leather protection cream/conditioner and a leather cleaner. Most of the luxury handbags I have are pre-owned. If the leather handbag is completely new, you can skip the leather cleaner step and apply leather protection cream right away.
Make sure your leather cream is the right one for your type of leather. Also, test a small area first. Give it some time before using it all over your bag. I apply the leather conditioner twice a year.
For pre-owned bags, I would use a leather cleaner first. The bag could be gently used but still dirty although you can’t see it physically. Like the leather protection cream, test a small area first to make sure it’s okay.
Buying a leather conditioner and leather cleaner might seem like an additional expense but I promise you that it’s better in the long term. These two will help make your bag last longer and isn’t that something you want?
6) Be Careful of What You Put inside
My black Gucci Soho bag has a white fabric lining inside. This means that it’s VERY easy to tell if there are makeup or ink stains. It is also very tough to get out. You must have heard stories where people spilled their makeup or their pen cover fell off and it got their bag interior dirty.
Be very careful what you put inside your luxury handbag. If I need to put my concealer and lip tint in my Gucci Soho bag, I put them inside a drawstring bag. The drawstring bag is malleable so it will fit in the bag. It also provides an extra layer of protection.
It’s easier to prevent than to fix so don’t forget this step. It only takes one time to mess up your bag interior.
7) Avoid Touching Luxury Handbags With Greasy Hands
I love putting on hand cream. Some people might find it a hassle because then you need to apply again after you wash your hands. In this day and age, we’re ALWAYS washing our hands but it’s something I don’t mind. For as long as I can remember, my mom is extremely diligent about putting on hand cream. She’s always buying different brands and can’t stand it when her hands are dry. I took after her.
I also carry a tube of Vaseline. Hand creams work well for skin but they’re not moisturizing enough for my cuticles and fingernails. That’s why I carry a tube with me all the time. Vaseline is so versatile and I also use it when my lips are chapped.
Vaseline and hand creams do wonders for your skin but can inflict damage on your luxury handbags. The hand creams make your skin oily and greasy. You can easily transfer that onto your bag. Be very careful about how you handle your luxury handbags after putting on something.
8) Rotate Your Luxury Handbags
No matter how careful you are with it, you will wear your bag down. For longevity, rotate your bags so they will last longer.
Think about it. If you use anything every day, it will age faster. There might be some bags you use for special occasions. On the other hand, there might be some bags you use every day to throw around. Which will wear down faster? Of course, it will be the bag you use more often.
I have this habit of not using things I really like because I want to keep them in pristine condition. It’s something I’m working on because what’s the point of buying something and then not use it?
9) Don’t Overstuff Your Bag
We talked about how important it is to store your bag but it’s just as important not to overstuff your bag. I used to like big bags but for the past year or so, I have realized that I like smaller bags. The downside is that it can’t fit as many things.
There was one time where I was on the subway and I was horrified at how this one lady overstuffed her Gucci Soho bag. I also see a lot of people overstuff their Chanel WOCs (wallet on chain).
You might not be able to fit everything you want in your bag but don’t go overboard. Use a bigger bag if you want to fit more things in your bag. It will be hard for your bag’s shape to bounce back especially if it’s really soft leather.
These are tips and tricks I use to take care of my luxury handbags. How do you take care of your bags?
P.S. If you’re looking to buy a luxury handbag, head over to Vestiaire Collective, a pre-owned designer goods platform. There are tens of thousands of items on there. You’ll definitely be able to at least find one thing you’ll like.