The crinkle finish of some of our styles is part of the design. Due to the finish, construction and light weight material, the measurements of the garment may change after washing. In order to give the garment its original structure re-shape it after washing. To maintain the crinkle effect we recommend drying the garment twisted.
Some of our garments have been dyed in order to achieve a specific look, any unevenness in colour ads to the look of the garment and should not be considered a fault. It is advisable not to expose to direct sunlight as variation in colour might occur. Wash separately or with similar colours.
The easiest way to make sure your bag holds mint condition is to store it in the right way when it’s not in use. Never use plastic bags or anything else that can prevent the leather from “breathing” freely, and try to keep it away from damp or dusty areas. Too warm or cool storage environments can also wear down on the leather with time. As with all other leather products, let your bag dry naturally if exposed to moisture and try to keep the leather fresh by applying leather balm three to four times a year. Never wash the bag in any way. If dirty - try to get the dirt out with a damp, lint free, cloth. In a worst case scenario, take the bag to a leather specialist dry-cleaner.
Almost all of our leather jackets have been pre-washed to give it the look and feel we want. The jacket should only be washed again if absolutely necessary, and then only by an authorized leather specialist dry-cleaner. Therefore it’s especially important that you take good care of the leather. If it gets stained by dirt you could try and carefully wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. This garment should at all times be kept away from damp environments, but if it for some reason gets wet it’s important to let the jacket slowly dry out on a hanger away from direct heat sources (which could make the leather crack). If the leather becomes stiff after drying you can carefully rub parts of it together in order to get it back to a softer feel, but only do this when it’s completely dry. Try to work the garment over with leather balm once in a while and you’ll be able to enjoy it for a very long time.
Our shoes and boots are made with care and treated to get the signature HOPE look. Cutting and making is made piece by piece and not in any automatic machines. Small variations in parts, colour and texture are intentional and make each piece unique. We recommend that you treat this product with care at an authorized shoemaker.
High quality shoes are an investment, and can with proper care be worn for decades. If your shoes don’t come with rubber-reinforced soles, we recommend that you have your local shoemaker shop apply them. This will protect your sole, waterproof it, and make it non-skid. Also, always use a shoehorn when putting on your shoes - this will prolong the life of the heel cap and inner lining. And, even if you want to, try not to use your new shoes all the time - let them rest for at least a day before using them again.
We recommend that you waterproof your new shoes with a water-repellent protector spray. Since leather is a natural fibre, the appearance and colour will change over time and give the shoe a unique look. However, make sure you use a good polish or wax in order to keep the moisture level and appearance at its best. It’s important that you also lubricate the side of the soles so they don’t dry out. If your shoes get damp or wet, allow the shoes to dry naturally, since direct heat will cause the surface to crack. Regular kitchen paper is a good way to absorb excess moisture from the inside out. Also using wooden shoetrees will help rid the moisture and maintain shape. If salt stains are present on the wet leather, mix water with a few drops of lemon and lightly sponge the shoes. Wipe shoes down with a clean white cloth before drying. If un-treated, salt stains can become permanent.
Nubuck and Suede
Although there is not much visible difference between the two, suede is sanded on the inner layer of the leather and nubuck is sanded on the exterior side. Since the outside layer of a skin is tougher, nubuck tends to be easier to maintain.
Special care needs to be taken for both suede and nubuck shoes. Stains can’t be polished in the same manner as regular leather shoes. To ensure the longevity of the shoes, spray them with both water- and stain-repellent before the first use. To clean a suede or nubuck shoe, there are a variety of brushes specially designed for this purpose. Try your local shoe maker shop or a shoe store to find one that suits your needs. Persistent stains may be removable with sandpaper, though we recommend you talk to a specialist before trying this. As with regular leather the shoes should dry naturally if exposed to moisture, away from heat sources and preferably on a surface that can absorb moisture from below, like a newspaper.
Our waxed synthetic cotton is a machine washable wax garment. The wax is a polyurethane blend with silicone which looks like natural wax and can be machine washed at 30 degrees with detergent. In between washes, if slightly dirty just use a damp cloth and wipe of the surface. No dry cleaning.
The woven cotton fabric is infused with synthetic paraffin formulas. It is a development from the wax fabric that was used at the turn of the century. We have chosen to use the synthetic wax to avoid the smell and greasiness of natural wax. Still with strong abrasion resistant and weather proof. It combines the durability of nylon with the natural feel of cotton. Imperfections in wax wear add to its unique, worn, rugged look. When hung in a warm room, the fabric "refinishes" itself, and use-marks fade.
Our non-synthetically waxed garments are coated in traditional wax and cannot be washed or dry-cleaned. To clean, allow any mud to dry, then gently brush off with a soft, lint free, fabric pad - sponge with cold water if needed but never use soap or solvent. Always allow your garment to dry thoroughly after use in wet weather and never pack away damp. Evidence of wear in the wax coating can be dry or shiny patches. Reproofing the fabric will prevent this and maintain the weather proof qualities and extend the garment's life. When you're about to reproof your garment, first make sure that it's thoroughly cleaned. And only use British Millerainwax dressing since other products are inferior and may reduce the performance and life of the fabric. To reproof, first place the tin of dressing in warm water to soften it and make it easier to work with, then apply an even coating over the whole garment - paying particular attention to seams, elbows, pocket edges and cuffs. Wipe of excess and let it hang overnight in a well-ventilated area.
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