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Our Guide to Product Care

We believe investing in beautifully crafted footwear and handbags is essential to sustainable living. To ensure special pieces are in great condition for years to come, we are always happy to advise on best practices for care. Read on for our guide to keeping your favorite LR silhouettes shining for a lifetime!

Leather & Suede

Our woven leather silhouettes are crafted from buffalo leather, which develops a beautiful patina by deepening in color over time. It is vulnerable to water stains and tonal changes from the sun, and we further recommend it be kept away from lighter fabrics, as vegetable dyes have the potential to transfer.

Many of our leather boots are crafted in the finest Italian vachetta leather. Like buffal leather, this material also takes on a darker shade with wear. Minor tonal changes from sun exposure and/or water marks can usually be buffed out at home with a shoe polish between visits to the cobbler.

We consulted David Mesquita, founder of NYC shoe repair shop, Leather Spa (a Team LR favorite), for his expert tips on taking care of leather boots and shoes.

Preventative Measures

"You can have a local cobbler apply a thin, protective rubber sole on your new shoes to add longevity. This is especially important with boots, as they tend to get worn harder than regular shoes. Once that rubber sole rubs down, you can (and should!) apply a new one. A cobbler can also use a water and stain repellent spray to protect them."

Keeping Suede Like New

"For suede, I recommend getting a suede brush and eraser, and brushing your shoes after every wear. Suede is very fibrous, so it accumulates dust and dirt, which you can brush off while it's still fresh on your shoes. But if you leave it, over time it starts to stick to the fibers and that becomes much harder to clean. The trick is to brush your suede shoes when you get home before putting them away."

On Those Winter Salt Stains

"A cobbler can apply or recommend a salt stain remover. Most salt stain removers come with a sponge applicator, which rubs the product onto the shoe to dissolve the salt. Consult a professional for the best option to use on any specific suedes, leathers, or other materials."

Caring For Patent Leather

"Water and stain repellent will work on most shoe materials, but you can't spray anything on patent leather. To clean patent leather, use a soapy foam product and water on a soft cloth. Always test a small patch before cleaning to whole shoe."


Satin glows for its delicacy, and in turn requires extra care. Do your best to keep your satin pieces from getting wet, and if you accidentally spill water on them, use a dry cloth to gently blot the area to remove excess moisture. Avoid rubbing the area as this can damage the fabric.

Woven Raffia

As with most natural materials, variations in thickness and color are to be expected. Due to the delicate nature of the fiber, normal wear may occur over time. It is recommended that raffia not be exposed to water in order to maintain its appearance.

Rhinestones & Diamanté Mesh

To keep these pieces shining, keep them away from abrasive materials and store them in their dust bags when not in use. Our rhinestones are delicate, and may shatter if dropped or crushed, so treat them gently.

Pleated Lamé & Fabric

Our pleated lamé and other pleated fabrics are delicate. These pieces should be stored out of direct sunlight and kept away from abrasive materials that may snag the fabric. Our signature pleated knots may fray over time due to the beautiful raw edge detail, at may be snipped carefully as needed. Pleated fabric should not be stored in tight spaces to avoid crushing the pleating—our boxes or other sturdy storage boxes are recommended to maintain the integrity of the pleats.