The Quick Guide to Leather Care

So you’ve finally taken the plunge on the leather jacket/boots/messenger bag you’ve had your eye on. But how do you protect it from the elements and other hazards of daily wear? Follow the three easy steps below to keep your leather in tip-top shape.

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1. Clean: Saddle soap. Murphy Oil Soap. Ivory soap. Take your pick – be sure to avoid products with harmful detergents or acids – then apply it to a clean, damp cloth. And remember, you always want to test a small, inconspicuous area first.

2. Condition: Leather can stiffen and dry out, so keep it away from heat sources and follow this important step. To keep leather supple and flexible, regularly rub in a specialty moisturizing conditioner or dab on a bit of petroleum jelly.

3. Waterproof: Excessive moisture is your leather’s enemy. But a freak rainstorm doesn’t have to be a disaster. Prep to minimize damage with mink oil (warning: it might darken your leather), a wax-based polish, or Liquid Aquaseal spray.

Find some new leather to love. Shop our Cole Haan Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

Going Emerald in 2013

How to Wear Emerald

Jewel-tone hues are making a comeback – in a big way. Pantone, the leading authority on color trends, has ruled emerald as the color of the year for 2013, and we can’t wait to start incorporating it into our closets. Here’s how:

Start small. Try mixing the color into your accessories first. A pair of teardrop earrings, a statement necklace, or an eye-catching bracelet (like the one above) boasting the shade will automatically boost your day-to-day wardrobe.

Contrast. Pair this tone with different textures (think wool and silk or chiffon and leather) and other complementary shades, like navy, for a look that makes a statement – but not too loudly.

Make it your basic. Opt for this rich color instead of reaching for your go-to white V-neck the next time you feel like dressing down.

Dress it up. Say goodbye to your favorite LBD and show up to your next cocktail party draped in this lush tone.

Switch up your shoes. Now would be the perfect time to swap your standard black pumps for a pair of emerald suede heels (sky-high encouraged).

Clutch it. Nothing inserts a pop of color into an outfit like a unique bag. A metallic leather clutch in this rich shade will add an unexpected touch to an otherwise toned-down blazer-and-heels ensemble.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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January 3, 2013

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

John Varvatos Star USA Leather Duffel Bag. The boyfriend. Decidedly the most difficult person to buy for – until now. With buttery, calfskin leather, a convenient crossbody strap, and enough room for a weekend’s worth of essentials, this rugged duffel couldn’t be more perfect for that mid-winter getaway you have (secretly) planned.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.


November 24, 2012

A Peek into Hobo’s Past and Present

Inspired by the free spirited and those who live by their own style rules, this luxe leather brand has been spotted just about everywhere since 1991. From its humble beginnings on a dining room table to the opening of our Hobo Boutique, here’s a history lesson on how this handbag collection came to be.

 


Our Hobo Boutique opens Monday, November 5, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer 

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November 5, 2012

Stylists’ Picks: The Fall Trends to Look Out for

The best part of having a photo studio in your company’s building? You can rely on an expert team of stylists to give you on-trend tips. For this season’s staples, I sat down with stylist Alexandra to get the scoop on what every wardrobe needs for fall.

Cozy Knits
“You can wear a cozy knit with everything,” says Alexandra. Dress it up with a cashmere cardigan or down with an oversized sweater. (I love the oversized look with a pair of dark skinnies.)

Silk Blouses
A feminine fall staple, a silk blouse not only feels indulgent, but is also the perfect transitional piece. Easy to layer, it works with skinny jeans on the weekend or with a pencil skirt at work. “I’m all about blouses with tiny prints,” Alexandra says.

Leather
We’ve been obsessing over leather all season, but Alexandra assures us it’s the right attitude to have. “It’s my number one must-have. You need to invest in a good leather jacket,” she says. “You can wear it over jeans, with flats, or over a dress.” Versatile, indeed.

Loafers
“Penny loafers are back!” says Alexandra. “And I especially love them in a metallic.” The menswear-inspired styles are both comfy and casual, making them a perfect shoe for morning commutes and fall foliage excursions.

Our Stylists’ Picks: Head-to-Toe Fall Looks Boutique opens Tuesday, October 16, at 11AM ET.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2012

Style File: Leather At Every Age

APART’S MELISSA DINER TALKS FALL OUTERWEAR

With leather jackets being the must-have outerwear piece of the season, we had to get the scoop on how women can incorporate this look into their wardrobe. Here, APART style guru Melissa Diner dishes on her favorite ways to wear leather (at any age).

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