Upkeep Lesson: How to Care for Leather Essentials

From overstuffed pockets to droopy pants, consider leather accessories your wardrobe’s official “fixers.” Here are three leather essentials every man should own – and tips for how to make them last.

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The Messenger Bag
Why you need it: Stuffing your pockets with keys, wallet, gum, and phone (while juggling your tablet and dangling headphones) is not a good look.
How to care for it: Treat the bag with leather conditioner to keep it in tip-top shape for years to come.

The Belt
Why you need it: It’s undeniably versatile. Once you’ve found “the one,” it will work with everything from suits to chinos and jeans.
How to care for it: When picking out a belt, be sure to find the right size – match it to your pants size, or at most, go one bigger. A too-big belt will wear faster as it winds around itself, forming extra creases.

The Bifold Wallet
Why you need it: It’s small enough to fit in your back pocket yet big enough to fit the essentials: license, credit cards, cash.
How to care for it: Avoid overstuffing to keep your wallet presentable. Leave the photos of your kids on your smartphone and regularly empty receipts and spare change.

Refresh your leather basics. Our Editors’ Picks for Men: Belts, Bags, & Wallets Boutique opened Thursday, May 22, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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May 23, 2014