How to store a luxury bag?

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Storage Tips for Your Designer Bag Collection

How To Store Your Designer Bags

I often get asked how to best store luxury leather handbags.
A well-loved bag will last you many years and with proper care can look as good as new. Designer Handbags can be a good investment… if you want the best resell value keep the box, receipt together and protect the condition of the bag. It is relatively simple to keep your handbags looking good for many years. 

Keep it Clean

Be careful with your precious bag the way you would anything of high value. After using your handbag, the first step is to empty all its contents and clean both the inner and outer surfaces well. It is useful to ask your shop at the time of purchase for the best way to clean the leather and lining.
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 softly 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.
For more serious issues, take it to a professional. With leathers such as Prada’s saffiano or Chanel caviar leather, they are more scuff and sometimes water resistant so a wipe with a baby wipe or a wet cloth wipe will take care of most incidental spills.
Depending on the leather you may want to condition the leather. Some designer brands also make leather conditioners. When using any product on your bags, test an inconspicuous area to make sure the product will not discolour or damage the look of the bag. Make sure all zippers, clasps and flaps are closed. 

Maintain It’s Shape – Stuff

Now that your bag is empty and clean, you must stuff it for it to keep its shape. No one likes an out-of-shape bag. I suggest using acid-free tissue paper, a small pillow, or bubble wrap. Be sure to wrap exposed hardware (including buckles and zipper pulls) with a piece of tissue paper to keep it from making imprints on your bag over time.

Cover

Your handbag likely came with or in its own dust bag when you brought it home from the store. Once cleaned and stuffed, make sure to pack the bag back in its dust bag for ideal storage.  It keeps the bag dust free and allows for the bag to “breath”. If you cannot find a dust bag, you can use a cotton pillowcase or old t-shirt in a neutral colour, to prevent colour transfer. Do not use plastic bags as they will not allow the bag to breath and plastic deteriorates with time and can damage the bag.

Spacing

Do not have the hardware of one bag touching another bag, because it could leave a mark. Make sure there is a bit of space between each bag to allow the air to circulate between them. Giving each bag some space also prevents them from getting squashed and losing shape. The idea is to ensure that no two bags are in direct contact with each other or getting exposed to dust or mold while staying in shape!

Store

Store bags in upright position with room to breathe from other bags or storage items. If you have it, store your bag in its original box. Otherwise, line your bags up on a shelf in your closet. Store items in a cool dry and dark place.
It is best to line up your purses in an upright position. Clutches however should be kept lying flat. 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.
Don’t hang your bag by the handles, the weight of the bag will stretch out the handles and malformed the handles and shape of the bag. Also, when hanging bags, I also notice the indentation markings on the area of the handle that was contacting the hanger.

Bag Organization Ideas

Try labelling each box/dust bag. 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 ten boxes before you find them.
Or you can take photos of your bags and create a bag board. Place a cork board inside of your closet with photos of your entire bag collection. It makes them visually available as it can be hard to remember what bags you have in your collection if they are all covered in dust bags.

Review and conditioning

Every couple of months I take my bags out and check them over to make sure they have not molded or deteriorated. I also wipe them with fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes and treat them with a quality leather conditioner. Once the bags have air-dried, I re-house them.

Additional Tips for Humid Climate

Bags in humid weather conditions require more care and attention. You will need to invest a little more of your time and energy towards ensuring that humidity doesn’t get the better of them.
A dehumidifier can help protect not just your handbags but clothes, jackets, and shoes from the humidity. It’s supposed to be good for you too, so well worth the investment! Or keep a few sachets of silica gel in it. Make sure you replace the silica bags every couple of weeks. They won’t completely foil the possibility of mold, but consider using them, nonetheless.

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