Spring cleaning tips - not really my scene but...... Here I go
For me Spring is the time when we should now be enjoying long walks on lighter evenings, relegating the Atora dumpling suet to the back of the store cupboard and generally looking forward to warmer days ahead.
However there are some folk who feel this is a time for throwing open the windows letting in the fresh air and generally cleaning away all of the stodginess winter has left - I.e. "Spring cleaning"
I am sure there are loads of time saving methods and great ideas on how to make your home bright, refreshed and beautifully scented - sadly I don't know any of them !
Anybody who knows me - knows cleaning is not my gift -
The only pearls of cleaning wisdom can I impart are leather based - so here goes.
Tips on how to clean your Owen Barry Suede bag.
Most everyday grubbiness can be removed from suede by brushing your bag with a DRY scouring pad - use the foam side first but if that doesn't have the desired effect - then use the crusty side, however, please, try not to concentrate the rubbing/brushing too heavily in one small area - longer strokes will stop the suede becoming nappy or fluffy and also stop the colour lifting out or lightening.
Grease is a tough one that you want to avoid if at all possible, but if the fish and chips do their worst then try to remedy quickly by applying a blotting or "drawing" type powder such as Fullers Earth, French chalk or even school chalk powdered with a knife, even talcum powder is better than nothing - apply the chalk concentrated onto the area and leave overnight to draw the grease, tap off the chalk and then brush off with clothes brush or again with the scourer, if there is some chalk left in the suede use another part of the bag to rub with, thereby lifting and re colouring the suede with itself. A couple of applications may be necessary.
Mud etc allow to dry - then use the scourer,
Life, Ink and Red wine ( sounds like a good book!)
There is no real answer for ink, red wine or life for that matter so this is when you have to take on the "Shit or Bust" remedy - a very appropriate title cuzz the results can't be guaranteed - and whilst it will clean the bag, it could start to remove some of the natural oils, so not something you want to do until absolutely necessary, but I rarely hear of disappointed exponents.
SoB remedy = wash it. Ideally remove the handle/strap first, then wash it , either by hand or in a washing machine - just like you would a grubby good wool/cashmere jumper, coolish wash, mild soap solution ( nothing harsh or biological) rinse well- wring but don't squeeze the life out of it.
Drying - Again like wool , so not by aggressive heat - on a breezy line or moderate temperature room. You might find the bag goes a bit stiff or hard, so when dry, just rub/manipulate the bag to break open the fibres again to get the softness back. Finally if the nap has flattened a bit give the bag a rubdown with the infamous scourer to get the velvet suede nap back.
Well that's my suede cleaning tips, but remember, Owen Barry bags are supposed to be worn and enjoyed - not worried about, but should you have a catastrophe, we are always here for you so if you need any advise or would prefer to return your bag to us, we can look at it in the workshop ,report and hopefully help you with any problems.
Have a super Easter - don't waste it cleaning.
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Fabulous article on Owen Barry bespoke tailor-made handbags in the latest edition of Somerset Life (April) .... & SO nice to see the gorgeous Charlotte Skidmore (Editor) enjoying her own OB creation / original!!
End of March thru to middle of April is one of most celebrated times of the calendar year in Japan.
The Hanami festival is when everybody enjoys the arrival of the “Clouds”- the floating delicate Cherry Blossom flowers that have been celebrated since the 7th century in Japan.
The tradition started in the Imperial Court of Emperor Saga in Kyoto. Nowadays the arrival of the first blossoms are much anticipated, Japanese families spend many days, weekends and especially evenings sitting, picnicking under and watching the delicate floating clouds whilst contemplating the circle of life their brief floral window represents.
I remember a few years ago Ken and I were visiting Japan on business and happened to be “stuck” in Osaka over a weekend in Early April.
In true Owen Barry fashion – Ken & I wanted to get “value for money” over our free weekend and the ideal itinerary included – Kyoto the city of 2,000 ancient Buddhist and Shinto temples & shrines, a Cherry Blossom celebration and the Shinhausen bullet train ride.
We arrived at the train station early on Saturday morning and bought our bullet train tickets from a slightly askance ticket officer who kept asking “why?” – the ultra-efficient super-fast journey took us barely 15mins and I guess we got nowhere near to 360 miles per hour, but at least we had been on it - bucket list item –tick.
I remember Kyoto was very warm and dry, we started walking thru the winding streets visiting the stunning temples with manicured gardens, the huge Buddha, admiring the many ladies in traditional kimono’s, everywhere was an assault on the senses, the colours, the beautiful places of worship, the panoramic views out from the terraces of the pagoda temple, tea ceremonies and of course everything was interspersed with the delicate froth of pink and white cherry blossom clouds.
Saturday came and went as we walked, walked and walked from one temple and blossom filled garden to the next enjoying the quiet beauty of the idyllic Zen places.
Being away from home on business and travelling without your family is never as enjoyable as it is cracked up to be , however, in this instance it was a most wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of Japanese culture and heritage at its absolute best.
At Owen Barry we have been rolling our sleeves up and spring cleaning our fabulous Factory Emporium & On-line Factory Store.
We have been updating and adding to our amazing selection of beautifully crafted bags still available at hugely discounted prices including: factory seconds, samples, discontinued styles and colour ways.
We have a lot more available In-store including our newly launched sheepskin & leather Interiors, the softest cashmere & toscana accessories....
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