Good storage is key to maintaining the longevity and value of your vintage designer bag. Below you will find tips and tricks to make sure that your handbags look their best at all times :
- Damp/dry cloth
- Stuffing (bubble wrap, tissue paper, newspaper)
- Dust Cover
- After wearing your bag, it is always a good idea to wipe it down with a damp or dry cloth depending on the fabric and emptying the inside to shake out any loose dust and dirt.
- The stuffing of a bag is as important as it gets. When you wish to put the bag away, make sure you stuff it enough for it to maintain its shape. Don't over do it as it could have an adverse and permanent effect. To do get it right, stuff the bag until its ideal and natural shape shows clearly (it should look similar to how you purchased it). You can use tissue paper or newspaper (only for dark lined bags as we wouldn't want any colors to transfer onto light lined bags) and bubble wrap.
- Protecting the exterior hardware can help prevent any indents or scratches from occurring especially if packing with other bags and if clumsy which we all are when we are in a hurry.
- All bags should come with their own dust bags or the shops dust bag. These are key in protecting their interior and exterior. Make sure to place individual bags in dust bags before placing them in your closet as it will be an added protective layer.
- Bags should be stored in a upright position as this will mimic the way you would be holding the bag which is an ideal position to avoid any parts being pushed flat or any hardware or embellishments being stuck or knocked off by hard surfaces. Smaller bags such as clutches are better off being placed flat on top of each other.
- If your bag has removable handles, it is best to place them inside the bag.
- Vintage bags do best in a cool, dark and controlled-climate environment. Please avoid any harsh artificial lighting and direct sunlight for long hours as this will prevent any cracking or fading from developing.
Happy packing !