Fashion accessories

How to take care of Hermès fashion accessories and other leather goods

Have you ever wondered how to take care of your precious Hermès fashion accessories? We bring you a guide approved by serial experts to make sure they are well preserved for generations to come.

Hermès accessories are an investment, which takes time to obtain and must therefore be treated with the greatest care. If you own a Hermès leather bag like the Birkin or the Kelly, or even an enamel bracelet, it is essential that you take care of it to ensure its longevity. We asked the right people at the French house to share the right Hermès fashion accessory care guide.

Each material chosen by the Hermès workshops reflects the know-how of the luxury brand and is emblematic of the house codes. From the iconic leather goods that have been around since the 1830s to the use of horn that reflects a new wave of design. Each Hermès accessory is designed under the tutelage of expert craftsmen and designers, which is why a care guide for Hermès fashion accessories is essential.

Here is the complete guide to taking care of your Hermès fashion accessories.

How to take care of Hermès leather accessories

Like most natural materials, leather undergoes natural and gradual wear and tear. To ensure that your costume leather jewelry retains its original appearance, always store it in its original box.

The natural coating of leather needs periods of rest, so a dry place is essential for storage. Always make sure the box (and the accessory inside) is kept away from water, oils, moisture, and dry conditions that could damage the grain and oxidize its metal parts. Strong light and heat can also cause discoloration which can adversely affect the beautiful original finish of your Hermès fashion accessories.

As a general rule, remove it when washing dishes and playing sports to avoid damaging its natural finish.

How to take care of Hermès enamel and metal pieces

Hermès contemporary enamel bracelets are crafted with a single piece of solid enamel in a metal frame. One of the brand’s most iconic pieces, these bracelets and other enamel / metal jewelry should be handled safely.

Always clean your enamel jewelry with a chamois leather or a soft cloth to preserve its shine. Avoid contact with liquids which can cause delamination, platelets and oxidation of plated metal parts. And it goes without saying, take it off while playing sports.

How to maintain Hermès accessories in horn and lacquer

Image courtesy: Studio Des Fleurs / Hermès

The horn, a recent entry into the Hermès train, is an organic and very sensitive material. It is prone to damage from temperature changes, shock and scratches. Therefore, to avoid deformation, handle it with a gentle hand and wear it with care. Always clean the product with a suitable cloth and avoid using external cleaning agents.

Header image: courtesy of Laetitia Hotte / Hermès. Featured Image: Courtesy of Nontron / Hermès Cat.