Treating the leather really depends on you and your climate. BTW - Choo does not recommend any treatment. Some of us do use a protectant on our bags. I am not the most careful and I live in a wet climate. I have treated most of my bags with AppleGarde leather/suede protectant. This product cannot be used on patent, nubuck, or exotics.
I wipe the spray off the metal hardware immediately and then let the bag dry in either the shade, or indoors.
Having got caught in the rain recently with a turquoise Mahala, and seeing how it seeped in - arrrrgggghhhhh!!!!
I took a deep breath - and sprayed with 'Collonil Waterstop', about 3 weeks ago
I know Mulberry recommend this for their bags, and after reading an extensive thread on their forum, - [Ultimate amazing Collonil pics] I decided to risk it.
It has been totally fine even on the suede panels- perhaps half a shade deeper in colour? and the rain just does not affect it now. Seems to prevent staining too, especially on the Mahala's big bottom!
Think you have to assess the risk factor depending on the sort of leather. It also cannot be used on patent or exotics- but I did see that they sold a product specifically for metallics.
Assume that AppleGarde is a very similar product?
I live in a very wet part of the UK, so I think when I'm feeling brave I might use some rain protectant on her. I've never tried Collinil but I have seen its amazing properties in the Mulberry forum!
Otherwise it might be Clarks Protector which has worked very well on some other bags. But I'm feeling a bit chicken to use anything at the minute!
I did get a little scuff on her today, so I just took the dustbag (which seems to be made of flannelette, and made in Italy which I thought was rather nice) and gave the scuff a good buffing, and it disappeared!
Think it is a case of trying it on a little spot first! I live in the Uk too, rainy!!! and do find it has worked much better than any other regular spray protector. If that's any help? Know you have to be brave!!! They do say for smooth leathers or suede.
Question! Just got a pair of the black leather Britney boots, and I'd like to wear them this winter. I live in the Midwest (a couple hours outside Chicago) so we get all manner of rain/snow/sleet during the winter. Thoughts on applying any sort of leather weather protector to these boots, or should they be alright on their own, being mindful of wiping them off after being worn in bad weather?