Caring for your MNML Lifestyle ("Minimal Lifestyle') Watches
Our leather straps are made using Italian full grain, vegetable-tanned leather. No pigments are used to hide leather defects and in some cases, some scratches and marks will be visible on the leather as a result of the natural process – particularly the tan and vegetable tan leather bands. This is normal and not to be seen as a defect. Overtime the leather will develop an inherent, natural patina and will darken with wear. If this isn’t your desired look, we recommend you choosing another band, or purchasing a spare band to swap over when you want to start again.
Any leather product needs to be maintained in order to make it last many years.
Here’s a guide to help you do that
Caring for your leather
- Keep leather out of direct heat/sunlight for prolonged periods of time so it doesn’t dry out, crack or fade unevenly. Moisturise it every 5-6 months with a leather moisturising product that minimum or no harsh chemicals.
- Leather has pores so it cannot be fully waterproofed but you can make it water resistant with a water repellant spray (CAT Water & Stain Repellent), which leaves a fine protective coating. Re-spray every few months and try to avoid heavy rains as it may cause marks that may not fade entirely.
- And lastly, our leather goods are hand made and designed to be functional but please do not use it on rough surfaces (like dragging it on your desk while your typing) it may damage the leather and cause it to fade.
- Avoid allowing the leather strap to come into contact with water, moisture, oils, perfumes or cosmetics as this will significantly deteriorate the lifespan of the item. If your leather gets wet, pat dry with a paper towel and let it dry air dry (do not apply heat!)
- If the leather becomes dry, use a leather moisturising product, which also helps in removing surface dirt.
- Avoid over-exposure to extreme heat or direct lighting.
- You’ll find that vegetable-tanned leather changes with time, just like everything else in nature. As leather ages the finish may flatten out and marks may appear as the unique patina develops. This is the sign of well-loved leather that is taking on a character of its own.