Posted on May 01, 2018
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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Spring Craft Fair Season – Indian Summer Leather Design
It’s SPRING. The time of year when the blossoms arrive, and the sun starts to melt the prairie ice & snow. It’s also the time where we leave our salty, sea-air Gabriola Island home and head east to Alberta and Saskatchewan, to take part in the Our Best To You SpringArt &Craft Sale(Red Deer & Regina), as well as the Butterdome Spring Craft Salein Edmonton.
This year marked the second year we joined the ranks of other 150+ fellow artisans in Red Deer for a 2-day craft show extravaganza. Our booth was a hit. We loved chatting with new faces & old, and had a wonderful time seeing our familiar artisan friends, and of course meeting some new artisans from the area. We look forward to returning to Red Deer for our third year in 2019. The Regina show was a first for our business, and we really enjoyed ourselves there too.
As we write this, we are preparing for our final show in Edmonton before we head west back to the coast. We just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to visit us at the shows, purchase our handmade leather wares, and stop to chat. Meeting our customers face to face and interacting on a personal level helps fuel the love for what we do – and boy do we love it! Our business truly centres around customer service and having a close, friendly relationship with the people who use and love our bags. Thanks for reading, and make sure to say hi if you are coming to the Edmonton show!
Anita has been designing leather for over 22 years. She and Brian have deliberately kept Indian Summer Leather Design to an “artisan’s scale” in order to be involved in the entire process from creative design to placing her products into the hands of the women and men who will ultimately love her bags. Check out the Calendar pagefor a detailed list of upcoming shows where you can view Anita’s uniquely designed bags in person. And don’t forget to follow Anita on Facebook& Instagram!
Posted on January 19, 2016
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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When you invest in a piece of leather, whether it's a pair of shoes, a handbag, furniture for your home, or your vehicle's interior, you want to make sure that it stays healthy and lasts a long time. Proper care and conditioning of your leather products can only add to the longevity of your investment. As the new owner of a gorgeous leather item, you may be wondering, what the best timeline is for the care of your leather. With this easy timeline you can ensure that your leather lasts for years, if not decades, and looks fabulous the entire time.
As soon as you get your leather product home, you may be tempted to show it off, but before you do, be sure you've treated it with a great conditioner and protector to prevent any potential accidents. Before you take that new handbag out to dinner, treat it with Super VII Leather Balsam. This deep conditioner also provides superior protection for your leather. By creating a moisture barrier that protects your leather from spills as well as scratches, Super VII Leather Balsam adds years to the life of your leather as soon as you use it.
Each week, wipe down your leather furniture and car interiors with a soft cloth to remove dust and debris that can cause microscopic scratches and drying of leather. Just like our skin, leather needs regular cleaning to remove the dust, oils, and dirt that can, over time, damage the appearance and health of your leather. Add a dry dusting of your leather to your weekly cleaning regiment to keep it looking its best.
Spot Cleaning Leather Furniture
As trouble arises, take quick action to be sure that leather stays fresh and beautiful. For dry spills, a vacuum or dust cloth can solve the problem with ease. Don't let spills linger on your leather, as it can break down the integrity of your leather and leave stickiness and stains that damage your investment. A lightly damp cloth on stick spills can remove any sugars or other materials that can cause a build up and lead to significant long term damage. An absorbent cloth should be used to remove excess water or moisture from your leather.
Each month, recondition your leather bags and shoes with a high quality leather conditioner to re-moisturize and recondition your leather. Over time, leather loses its moisture and becomes susceptible to cracking, flaking, and peeling. To keep your leather at its peak, use a deep leather conditioner like Super VII Leather Balsam. Made with only the highest quality natural ingredients, Super VII Leather conditioner nourishes your leather to prevent drying and to increase its durability.
Each year you should condition your leather furniture and car interiors with Super VII Leather Balsam to keep it moisturized and looking its best.
With natural jojoba oils and beeswax, there is no finer leather care conditioner than Super VII Leather Balsam. Jojoba oils do more than just give Super VII a wonderful fragrance. Rich, natural jojoba oils restore original colour and lustre to your leather while the beeswax impregnates porous leather to protect and waterproof.
With these simple steps, you can be sure that your new leather investment will last and last for your enjoyment for years to come.
Posted on January 01, 2016
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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At Indian Summer Leather, we understand that you care about maintaining your leather goods. You invested time and energy into choosing just the right piece to compliment your home. Perhaps your leather upholstery is in your dream car, and as the proud owner, you want to be sure that your car’s upholstery continues to look its best for years to come.
As with all leather goods, your leather upholstery needs regular care to maintain the beauty of its original condition. Leather care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With a few simple steps and the right product, you can add years to the life of your leather furniture and car upholstery.
There are a few easy steps to take in your regular leather cleaning routine that can help your leather maintain its appearance.
Dry Dusting – Regularly wipe away dust and debris with a dry cloth to remove dust that can build up on your leather upholstery.
Vaccum – As with other upholstery, vacuuming the corners and crevices of your leather furniture can remove larger dust and dirt particles from the seams that can wear on your upholstery and cause abrasions.
Wipe It Up – Don’t let spills linger on leather upholstery. As soon as a spill occurs, wipe up any moisture with an absorbent cloth or sponge to remove excess moisture that can lead to long-term damage of your leather.
Buff out scratches – For small scratches in your leather upholstery, try buffing with a microfiber cloth. Often this simple step will eliminate the small scratches that mar the appearance of your leather. For added help, try using a small dot of Super VII Leather Balsam available on our website to really buff away the damage.
Avoid direct sunlight – Leather is like our skin. Prolonged exposure to sun can strip the upholstery of needed moisture that keeps your leather looking new and beautiful. Avoid the fading, drying effects of the sun by keeping your leather upholstery out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Avoid water and soaps – Often our cleaning instincts lead us to use water and harsh soaps on our leather upholstery, but this combination can dry leather and cause cracking and other damage that will shorten the life of your leather. If there is a need to clean up a sticky spot on your furniture, a soft lightly damp cloth can remove the dirt without causing too much harm to the leather upholstery.
Leather Conditioner Only
- Another problem that can lead to damage to your leather furniture is the use of products that are not meant for leather. Avoid using any product that isn’t specifically formulated to work with leather.
One Final Step – Condition your leather!
The most effective way to care for your leather upholstery is regular conditioning. Using a product that is specifically formulated to care for leather can not only help you avoid damage to your upholstery, it can actually lengthen the life and beauty of your leather products. Indian Summer Leather knows the best way to preserve your leather is with the best leather conditioner available. That is why we only carry Super VII Leather Balsam. This unique blend of natural ingredients provides the ultimate deep leather conditioning to ensure that your leather products are well treated and are a part of your life for years to come.
The all natural beeswax and jojoba oil in Super VII Leather Balsam provide a deep rich conditioning that enriches your leather upholstery without blocking the pores of your furniture. This leaves leather upholstery pliable and soft. By allowing your leather to remain supple, this Deep Leather Conditioner keeps your leather from cracking and flaking.
Super VII Leather Balsam is easy to use. Simply work a small amount of the deep leather conditioner into your upholstery. Within seconds you can see the difference. Super VII Leather Balsam restores leather to its original color and texture. The jojoba brings back your leather’s beautiful color while the beeswax impregnates the leather and protects against and waterproofs leather from future damage.
With all of these benefits, there is no question that Super VII Leather Balsam is the best option for caring for your leather upholstery and leather furniture. With these simple steps, you can be sure that the leather you love stays in great condition for years to come.
Posted on November 16, 2015
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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Is Cleaning & Conditioning Your Leather Tack Necessary?
Every equestrian knows that keeping their leather riding tack clean is an essential part of basic horsemanship. The longevity of any leather riding tack is directly related to the care and maintenance it receives, as well as, the frequency and type of riding it endures. Consistent care of saddles, bridles and other riding tack will extend the life of all your leather items. After each use, leather equipment should be wiped down with a damp sponge, paying close attention to the underside to remove dirt, sweat and grime build-up. Many have equated the care of leather goods to the care of your own skin- it must be kept clean, soft and moisturized. We recommend this easy four step process.
Cleaning your riding tack in four easy steps:
Soap:Use a wet tack sponge and your preferred saddle soap or leather cleaner. Work up a foam lather that will surround the dirt on your equipment and loosen it from the surface.
Rinse: Clean the dirt and soap away using a sponge. Make sure the sponge is cleaned thoroughly in fresh water. Make sure all soap is removed.
Dry: Let the saddle air dry for a few minutes, or towel-dry if necessary to remove any excess water.
Condition: Choose a fresh, clean sponge for the finishing work as it is difficult to fully clean the dirt off of a used sponge. One of the most important parts of caring for your leather tack is to condition the tack. After cleaning, apply a small amount of leather conditioner with a fresh, dry sponge. Make sure that the leather conditioner you choose is of good quality, and includes natural ingredients, such as jojoba oil and all-natural beeswax. Be sure that your leather conditioner is free of harmful chemicals that can wear down the leather and the stitching over time.
Why use leather conditioner on riding tack?
A good conditioner will lubricate the leather fibers. When you apply a good leather conditioner, such as Super VII Leather Balsam, to your leather riding tack, the fibers will soak up the conditioner, much like our skin soaks up lotion. The leather fibers absorb the lubricating oils and moisture, which keeps the leather fit and flexible.
A good conditioner will protect the surface of the leather from stains. The beautiful feel, smell and look of natural leather comes from letting the natural beauty show through without much surface color. The problem is that most exposed leather fibers are very absorbent. Adding a good leather conditioner product to the surface will create a barrier of protection for the absorbent leather fibers. Leather conditioners that contain beeswax, such as Super VII Leather Balsam, provide excellent, all-natural protection from stains.
The right conditioner can change the patina of your leather. Finally, a good leather conditioner can deepen the color of your leather creating a beautiful patina, while also protecting the fibers from damage.
Are all leather conditioners created equal?
The simple answer is no. As with most aspects of life you get what you pay for. Finding a good quality leather conditioner may present several challenges. Many leather conditioners contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that may actually damage or weaken the integrity of your leather riding tack over time. It is essential to know what is in the leather conditioner you choose for this very reason.
Leather riding tack is an investment, so make sure that you are using the best leather conditioner to add durability to the integrity of the leather.
We recommend using Super VII Leather Balsam to condition your leather tack and equipment. Made with all natural beeswax and jojoba oil, Super VII Leather Balsam naturally protects, waterproofs, restores, and moisturizes leather. The leather balsam can be used to breathe new life into old riding tack or even prevent age and dirt from ruining your new investment.
Posted on October 23, 2015
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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Just like your skin, leather has pores and fibers that must breath and remain moisturized. However, unlike your skin, leather no longer has the ability to protect and replenish itself. This is why it is so important to regularly protect, and condition your leather goods with the right leather conditioner. If you fail to protect your leather, or use the wrong products, your leather will dry out and crack.
Also, using non-porous finishes on leather isn’t a good idea. This is because leather needs to breathe and be able to release moisture. Protecting leather while allowing it to breathe will keep it soft and strong for years to come. By using a leather conditioner with jojoba oil, you are extending the life of your leather goods with a product that is similar to skin’s natural protection.
When leather gets “broken-in” it can develop a beautiful finish, and remain soft and supple if cared for properly. When caring for your leather goods, think of how you care for your skin. If your skin gets dry, you moisturize it, right? As you’ve probably noticed, some moisturizers can dry out your skin even more when they wear off. The same can be true for leather conditioners.
More benefits of Jojoba Oil for leather care
As our skin rubs against our leather, the oils produced by our skin are transferred to the leather. These oils naturally darken and protect leather goods. Some leather items like leather bags, wallets and leather furniture come into contact with our skin often, but not in a uniform matter. Other leather products, like shoes & leather car interiors could use a little extra help.
Jojoba oil is very close to the natural sebum our skin produces. Therefore, it is important to find a leather conditioner with Jojoba oil like Super VII Leather Balsam to condition your leather goods. Many leather conditioners may contain oils that have chemical additives. With as much as your skin comes into contact with your leather, you want to be sure you are using an all-natural leather conditioner. Jojoba Oil is a natural option for conditioning your leather shoes, wallets, bags, furniture, baseball gloves, etc. without chemicals.
One upside of using leather conditioners that contain Jojoba Oil is that Jojoba has a non-staining quality. For instance, if Super VII Leather Balsam rubs off on clothing, the balsam will not stain and will come out easily in the laundry.
Another benefit of using Super VII Leather Balsam with Jojoba Oil, it does not go rancid, nor will it dry out in the jar. So when using Super VII Leather Balsam there is no need to worry about leather goods developing an off smell or getting sticky, which can happen with other oils.
The best product to protect your leather is Super VII Leather Balsam
Super VII not only contains Jojoba Oil to condition, but it also contains all natural beeswax to protect and waterproof your leather.
Stay tuned for our next blog to find out more about the benefits of using products with all-natural beeswax on your leather!
Posted on September 25, 2015
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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"I bought that leather handbag over a decade ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. Every time I use it, I get the most compliments! It started looking a little worn near the middle of year two, and I was so worried that I’d have to replace it. Then I found Super VII Leather Balsam. Super VII is an all natural leather conditioner, that works miracles on worn leather. Now my leather looks like new. I’ve started using it on all my leather, and I’m no longer wondering if the leather I invest in will last. I know it will as long as I care for it with a natural leather conditioner like Super VII Leather Balsam."
Does it work?
Perhaps you are wondering why your leather items have been deteriorating, while others seem to have found a magic solution to keeping their leather looking like new. Actually, there is no magic involved. These folks have simply discovered the benefits of a natural deep leather conditioner for their leather products.
When leather ages, much like skin, it dries and becomes brittle.Centuries ago, leather smiths discovered the benefits of using natural oils to keep leather strong and looking new. This isn’t some new sorcery. It’s a centuries old solution to an even older problem. How can I keep my leather in good condition?
Rubbing a natural, quality conditioner on your leather products can easily add years, if not decades to the life of your leather products. Yes, it does work.
Does It Matter?
The next question you are probably asking is, “Does it matter which leather conditioner I use?” The short answer is, YES! Not all leather conditioners are created equally, and as with all other things in life, you get what you pay for.
Harsh chemicals and fragrances can actually damage and weaken leather. Instead of adding to your leather’s lifespan, using products that are not natural can, in fact, rob you of years with your leather goods.Leather care isn’t complicated, but it requires using the correct tools. The most important leather care tool is your leather conditioner.
When using Super VII Leather Balsam, you are guaranteed to add years to the life of you leather. This all natural leather care product is made of beeswax and jojoba oil. It richly conditions and smells amazing too.
Why settle for the bland or irritating scents of other lesser leather conditioners, when you can use a natural product that smells great and works even better?
Conditioning your leather increases your comfort by increasing the durability of your leather boots, jackets, and other products. It also serves to protect your investment. Economically speaking, why invest in something and not take proper care of it? We wouldn’t do that with a car or jewelry, so should we neglect our leather goods?
Leather Conditioner vs. Leather Soap
Using a leather conditioner is not the same as using a soap or cleaner. Ordinary leather cleaners, while removing dirt from your leather goods, can actually weaken them. The harsh soaps can remove the moisture that keeps leather looking good.
We recommend using a slightly damp cloth to clean any hard to remove spots. If necessary, run the cloth over a bit of mild moisturizing face soap and gently wipe it over the spot. When dry, be sure to moisturize with Super VII Leather Balsam.
Using Super VII Leather Balsam
Super VII Leather Balsam is more than just a leather conditioner. By simply applying a sparing portion of the leather balsam to the item and then working it into the leather with the sponge provided, you will immediately begin to see new life come into your old, favourite leather items.
What’s more, you can use this on new items to prevent age and dirt from ruining your precious leather investments.
Super VII Leather Balsam works on car interiors, leather furniture, leather footwear, handbags, coats, riding tack & saddles, clothing, sports equipment, and many other fine leather products.
If you are looking for an all natural product to protect or restore your leather, there is no better product on the market than Super VII Leather Balsam. It actually restores leather to its original colour. Do you have a great pair of leather shoes that have been worn and scuffed, a leather coat that is greying, or even a couch that is losing some of its lustre? Super VII can help get rid of the scuffs and get your leather back to looking new again. Whatever colour, if it’s a smooth leather item, Super VII Leather Balsam will restore it to its original beauty.
Indian Summer Leather Design produces fine leather purses and bags for individuals who love practical and versatile designs. We provide a vast array of stunning leather bags, as well as being the only distributor in the US and Canada. Super VII Leather Balsam is made in Germany, and Indian Summer Leather imports the leather conditioner directly from the manufacturer. For more information about proper leather care, or to purchase Super VII Leather Balsam, visit our online store or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on June 22, 2015
by Anita Jackel-Deggan
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For centuries, leather has been a staple for producing clothing and accessories as well as household and automotive items. From clothing to furnishings and beyond, leather has proven to be a beautiful and durable material for all manner of items. Proper leather care and leather conditioning is crucial to maintaining those qualities. Just like our skin, as leather ages, it can become dry and cracked. A good leather conditioner can not only moisturize, but also waterproof and stain block your leather. Leather comes in a wide array of colors and textures depending on the type of hide, the tanning process, whether any dyes were used, or whether it has been treated in some way.
Is leather care really necessary?
Absolutely! If you have leather items in your home - shoes, handbags, lounge chairs, or any number of other leather pieces, leather care can improve the appearance of your leather. You can also extend their life with a few simple steps that will clean and deep condition your leather goods.
It is important to note that leathers like suede or nubuck are a very different texture and require specific leather care. Never use liquid or paste to care for these types of leather, as it will permanently alter the nap and appearance of the leather. Super VII Leather Balsam should not be used on nubuck or suede.
While it is critical to properly clean leather from the time it is new, even older leather can reap the benefits of care and the application of a quality leather conditioner. For smooth leathers, you can follow these simple leather care instructions that will help ensure the long life of your leather pieces.
First Step: Leather Cleaning
Begin any leather cleaning or deep conditioning of your leather by testing a small hidden section of the piece. This will ensure that you will not affect the color or texture of the hide.
Begin the leather cleaning process with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any dust or dirt from the surface.
If necessary, rub a damp cloth across some moisturizing face soap and gently wash the affected area of the leather.
Once dry, make sure to use a quality leather deep conditioner like Super VII Leather Balsam to prevent further damage or staining.
Using the Best Leather Conditioner
Finding a superior leather conditioner to treat your leather pieces can be challenging. Your leather pieces are not the place for trial an error when testing out a new leather conditioner. We recommend Super VII Leather Balsam. Made with all natural beeswax and jojoba oil, Super VII Leather Balsam naturally protects, waterproofs, restores, and moisturizes leather. In addition to working on all types of smooth leather, Super VII also works as a great conditioner on vinyl and imitation leather. In fact, is the only deep conditioner we use on our own leather products. Be sure to test any leather conditioner on an inconspicuous spot to test the affect it might have on the color or texture of your leather. A leather deep conditioner may initially darken your leather. Allow 7 days for the true color to settle, as the color will lighten as the leather conditioner absorbs into the leather.
Using Super VII Leather Balsam Leather Conditioner
Gently rub a small amount of the leather conditioner on the surface with the sponge provided. If you are using a product other than Super VII Leather Balsam or if you do not have the sponge, a chamois cleaning cloth or other soft cloth will work.
There is no need to rub hard or vigorously. Gently work the deep conditioner into the leather.
You will immediately begin to see a difference in the surface of the leather. As the leather conditioner is applied, leather will begin to become more supple and smooth.
Deep conditioners may cause leather to darken initially. As the conditioner absorbs into the leather, the color will lighten again, but the leather will remain smooth and soft.
Many people believe that leather care is time intensive and expensive. This is simply not the case. With just a little time and the proper leather care and deep conditioner, your leather products can be easily maintained. Even dry, cracked, and worn leather can begin to regain some of its original sheen, durability, and beauty. Just as you would apply lotion to dry skin, this deep conditioner should be applied when you notice that your leather is getting dry and cracked. With consistent care, your leather pieces will look beautiful and last for years.
Posted on November 13, 2013
by Brian Dekker
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