Last May, I purchased a beautiful Madewell leather tote during a trip to California. I was then devastated when I wore it with a new pair of dark denim jeans (without setting the color) and had some denim stains on the bag! Nooooo...
So I took the bag to a professional leather cleaner and paid a decent penny to have the stains removed. When I got the bag back, the stains were gone, but the bag no longer had its buttery soft leather texture. The bag was stiff, and I was super sad again.
I called Madewell, hoping that they could tell me how to care for the bag. They kept me on hold for a while, then told me to go to a professional leather cleaner. Sigh. That's how I ended up calling in the first place! After a bunch of Google searches, I reached out to the folks at Chamberlain's Leather Milk and sent them a link to the bag I'd purchased. Within a couple of days, a rep from Chamberlain's told me to try their Leather Care Liniment.
I applied the liniment as directed, but tested a small spot on the bottom of the bag first. I knew that adding anything to the bag might affect the colors, but I also didn't want to wait years for the bag to regain its softness from natural oils/wear. I took the plunge and treated the whole bag.
This last photo is of the bottom *before it dried* so you can see how it brings out the leather grain a little bit more. I am very pleased with how the liniment has revived the bag, giving it a softer feel again. The color does not appear to be changed to me; in fact, it still looks just like the first photo in this post, only more soft and supple. So I would say it was a win! I definitely think I will make a habit of treating this bag so it doesn't get stiff again.
|BEFORE it dried!|