The best (and worst) ways to store a designer handbag

When you have paid a huge amount of money for the latest designer handbag, it is worthwhile taking care of it. These handy tips will help.

Clean

After using your handbag, the first step is to empty it of its contents and dust it. You can turn the bag inside out if it is soft and use a lint roller to get to those hard-to-reach places. If your bag is crafted from hard-pressed, grained leather, wipe the exterior of the bag with a damp paper towel or an alcohol-free baby wipe. If it is made from natural or untreated leather, or if it is exotic or suede, then dust it with a dry paper towel.

Stuff

Now that your bag is empty and clean, stuff it in order for it to keep its shape. Acid-free tissue paper, a small pillow, or bubble wrap are recommended. Be sure to wrap exposed hardware (including buckles and zip pulls) with a piece of tissue paper to keep it from making imprints on your bag over time.

Cover

Place your bag in a soft, breathable dust bag. If you don’t have one, you can use a cotton pillowcase in a neutral colour, in order to prevent colour transfer. Make sure that the dust bag is large enough so that your handbag doesn’t warp when it is stored.

Separate

Do not have the hardware of one bag touching another bag, because it could leave a mark. In addition, do not leave anything touching patent leather – it will cause colour to transfer from the patent leather to whatever is next to it.

Handle with care

Refrain from hanging your bags – this will distort the shape of the handles.

Store

If you have it, store your bag in its original box. Otherwise, line your bags up on a shelf in your closet. If the shelf is not tall enough, do not allow the handles of the bag to be pressed down – in this event, the bag should lie flat. You can keep track of your bags by including a note with the name of the bag on the box or dust bag, so that you don’t have to rifle through 10 boxes before you find your Birkin 35 Etoupe.

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