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#KEEPING YOUR RUITERTASSEN BAG IN GOOD CONDITION



The guidelines to take good care of your Ruitertassen leather bag depends on the type of leather your bag is made from.
Looking after your leather bag will take very little time and effort but can be very rewarding in the long run.
Here are some useful tips. 
Generaly speaking, it is not necessary to apply any product on our leather bags when new. 


RUITERTASSEN CLASSIC 'NATURAL' COLLECTION




This leather is naturally gifted, during the vegetable tanning process, with a thin film that will protect it from stains and rain. 
With time, this leather will develop a beautiful patina and become a little shinier, especially around friction zones (where the bag was in contact with clothes for example).
With this leather, it is only necessary to intervene if the leather starts to crack or begins to look dry. If you notice any of the two, use some clear leather wax to nourish and rub it in to the leather. It might be best to oil the entire bag evenly to avoid marking and keep an even colour.
It is also useful to know that normal day UV light will darken this leather in time. 


RUITERTASSEN CLASSIC 'BROWN', 'BLACK' & 'RED' COLLECTIONS





As for the Natural leather above, if you notice that the leather of your bag seems dry or starts to crack, simply apply some clear wax on the leather to nourish it. Apply evenly on the entire bag to keep an even colour.
This is a vegetable-tanned leather that will age beautifully because it is a full-grain leather. It also means that the colour will slightly change over the years. It doesn't mean the leather needs any treatment, only dryness should be the alarm signal.


RUITERTASSEN CLASSIC 'HERITAGE' COLLECTION




The heritage leather has been oiled, giving it this vintage look. These leather bags are highly reactive to friction and scratches. That is what makes them so unique. This treatment actually emphasize the natural strong character of this leather and its full-grain particularity.  
Every bag will show different marks depending on how they have been used. This bag does not require any caring because it is generously oiled in our workshop. You must intervene when the leather lightens, that is a warning that the leather is drying up. If you notice this, use leather wax and oil the entire bag evenly to avoid marking and keep an even colour. 
Note that the colour of this leather can rub off in the first few weeks of usage. It is the oil that does this. This usually completely stops after the bag has been used for a month. 


RUITERTASSEN 'NOMAD' COLLECTION




The leather used for this collection is lightly oiled. This is why its colour changes slightly when rubbed.
The bag will change with time and friction areas will become shinier making your bag unique.
It is really easy to look after as these bags does not require any particular care.


RUITERTASSEN 'SOFT' COLLECTION




A leather with a pebbled wild grain that can show very distinctive characteristics.
Very soft and supple, it has a protective finishing so that you do not need to do anything.