Looking Back, Looking Forward

Bag in 2007.  Seen in Fashion ans Big Ideas post.

My first Michael Kors handbag was the Ashbury E/W satchel.  I received it as a birthday gift in 2007, and it was purchased via eBay for a fraction of the retail cost at that time.

Four years later, this is still one of my favorite bags.  With details like buttery soft leather, tasseled leather zipper pulls, double straps with whip stitching, and the signature luggage tan color, what’s not to love, right?

If I examine all of my purchases, it becomes obvious that I’m willing to spend more money on handbags than anything else in my wardrobe.  I have somewhat discerning taste when it comes to bags and I’ve grown fond of the styles by a few designers.

Since I spend more money on bags, I want to wear them a lot, lowering the cost-per-wear ratio, and I also want to keep them in great condition.

How I Care for My Leather Handbags:

  1. Before wearing:  I spray with a coat of leather protector spray.  Leather protectors promise to seal out water, stains, and dirt.
  2. Moisturize:  To keep the leather supple, I usually condition my bags about twice a year.
  3. Stains:  In the unfortunate incident of a stain, I gently wipe my bag immediately with a rag dipped in mild soap and water.
  4. Storage:  When not in use, my bags are stuffed to preserve their shapes, and stored in dust bags.

I usually buy the conditioner in a local leather care shop.  I get the Wilsons TLC at the Wilsons store in outlet malls.

My care plan has worked well for me.  Here’s my satchel, still looking new after four years of wear:

Satchel in November, 2011. 

A Fall work look with the satchel:

Skirt—Dolce &Gabbana (swap)
Tights—Cynthia Rowley via Marshalls
Shoes—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls
Belt—Ann Taylor


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  1. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    Wow! I learnt a few things today! Thanks!…CAPIS

  2. Anonymous
    November 30, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    Great post! and your hair looks great!!! Hoping you will do a hair post soon…

  3. December 1, 2011 / 2:57 am

    Great post! my purses could definitely use some tlc!

  4. December 1, 2011 / 6:53 pm

    @CAPIS: Wonderful! I didn't always pay special care to my fine leather bags, but I sat down with a leather care specialist a few years ago, and his passion for the care of fine leather inspired me to take better care of my own.

    @LocalCeleb: Thanks. And, yes, girl, these bags are begging for some love…ha!

  5. December 1, 2011 / 7:21 pm

    @Anonymous: Thanks! I'm actually doing a product review soon. I've been testing some Dove products I was sent to review, hence all the hair experiments seen on the blog lately 🙂

  6. December 5, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    That bag is glorious. Really gorgeous.
    You treat your bags much better than I do. I learned some great tips just now!

  7. Addy
    February 3, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I just bought my first lather purse and I am happy that you did this post. I wanted to take care of it and so I am going to use this tips! Thank you!