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May 5, 2012, 2:26am   #16
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I done some consulting for Hindmarch recently on their hair bag, due to balding issues and we looked at a fixing spray. They will work to an extent, but unless something is done at the tanning stage its difficult.

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Feb 15, 2013, 7:54pm   #17
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I am SO glad I read this thread...I was just on the edge of dropping over 1K on a Coach calfhair legacy bag and would have probably lost my mind if the hair wore off. Disaster avoided!
Oct 6, 2013, 7:41am   #18
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Is there anything I can spray a calf hair with to protect it? I have some calf hair on my Jimmy Choo bag and I want to treat the bag before I use it.
Oct 6, 2013, 8:23am   #19
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Any "Hair-on" leather is difficult to maintain and an amount of hair loss is normal, particularly on any folded parts of the bag, as the leather is stressed and causes the hair to loosen. you can keep it clean but the key is not to get it too wet as this also causes hair loss. The best thing is to use a fabric protector to stop staining and use with a degree of care.
Oct 7, 2013, 12:51am   #20
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thank you for your advice. What brand protectant do you recommend? I usually use Meltonian or Apple - do you recommend anything else?

Originally Posted by LeatherDoc
Any "Hair-on" leather is difficult to maintain and an amount of hair loss is normal, particularly on any folded parts of the bag, as the leather is stressed and causes the hair to loosen. you can keep it clean but the key is not to get it too wet as this also causes hair loss. The best thing is to use a fabric protector to stop staining and use with a degree of care.
Oct 7, 2013, 1:16am   #21
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Originally Posted by shoppinggalnyc
thank you for your advice. What brand protectant do you recommend? I usually use Meltonian or Apple - do you recommend anything else?
I wouldnt use either of those myself. They are not designed for handbags. Id go for either the LMB range in the US or the The Handbag Spa products in Europe. I know of the owners of both companies and they are both specialists in handbag restoration and have specific product formulas for handbags.

hope this helps.
Oct 7, 2013, 6:36am   #22
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Thanks - I've never heard of LMB - the other brands are what the more upscale shoe repair places I've been to in NYC have recommended.

Is this the one I should get?
http://www.lovinmybags.co/most-delicate-protection/

Originally Posted by LeatherDoc
I wouldnt use either of those myself. They are not designed for handbags. Id go for either the LMB range in the US or the The Handbag Spa products in Europe. I know of the owners of both companies and they are both specialists in handbag restoration and have specific product formulas for handbags.

hope this helps.
Oct 7, 2013, 7:18am   #23
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Yes, the lovin my bags is the one i'd recommend. In fairness to the shoe stores anywhere in the world, they are pretty clueless when it comes to leather care, as are the manufacturers themselves. They are interested in one thing - selling the bags! selling a $20 bottle of product versus a $5000 bag is an easy choice for them.

Its rare that you find real care advice beyond the realms of the leather finishing / repair industry, which is where you'll get the appropriate product for handbags, not a generic product like meltonian, lexol or other brands. The generic stuff is much too heavy and/or harsh for delicate leathers.

Hope it helps.
Dec 25, 2013, 1:16pm   #24
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Does anyone know if colour transfer is possible on the calf hair?
Jun 10, 2015, 9:41pm   #25
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Any new products to spray on calf hair bags to help to smooth or protect the calf hair area?
May 9, 2016, 11:15am   #26
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Originally Posted by pursevillain
I bought a Valentino, leopard print, large, nuage hobo, calf hair bag. Gasp. It does exist. I had to have it without a clue as to what I was getting myself into. I sprayed it and made all the preparations for caring for it but I made the mistake of using it too often. Which is strange considering the large size of the bag and thick, sturdy handles or so I thought.

It began with a layer of fur on everything. I mean everything. I RUINED some of my clothing. Pilling, snagging, rubbing. It was awful. I thought it would stop but it didn't. The large size of the bag made it too heavy and awkward to carry from the handle with only my hand so I mostly hung it from my elbow. I never even tried to put it on my shoulder for fear of the devastation it would cause.

Three years later, the back of the bag is pretty much all bald (don't judge me!). I tried my best. The front is immaculate with the blazon red Valentino logo plaque still glowing but little do people know the rough surface behind it. The bow is still in excellent condition as it didn't come in contact with anything although it always came untied because the calf hair is so soft (oh, the things I complain about). The straps/handles are starting to bald in the folds, too.

I still haven't decided if the back is my badge of ownership and love or misuse and shame? It's definitely my bag and everyone who knows it loves it despite its' 'flaws'.

Would I buy a large calf hair bag, again? No. Never. Ever.

Would I buy a small calf hair bag and use it for special occasions? Maybe. I wouldn't let a calf hair bag within ten miles of silk or chiffon.

I hope my experience helps! They're stunning, soft and beautiful bags but they are a full-time commitment not to be taken lightly especially considering the hefty price tag.
Oh how I feel you! I got the large Valentino Shanghai lady in red (link below) and its stunning! The problem is it now have 2 large bald patches and I am so cross. Not sure what to do :(

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330592428870467726/
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