Leather Care


In regards to our leather

We have chosen our leather with great care want to make sure you know all of the methods to keep your item in great condition.  We fully believe that with proper care our items will last a lifetime. Please be aware that leather is a natural material.  Slight discoloration, scratches, or change in texture may be visible.  These small inconsistencies in your leather should not be considered a defect but rather add to the beauty and uniqueness of your bag.  Keep in mind that before an item is made, each hide is inspected.  We aim to provide the best looking piece of leather to create your bag while reducing the amount of waste per hide.

taking care

We believe your bag should stand the test of time.  Great leather and materials last for years and look better with age and wear.  Each stain or scratch will make your bag uniquely yours.  But if you wish to spot clean your bag, we advise using warm water or a mild saddle soap with a soft cloth while cleaning in small circular motions.  We suggest conditioning your bag every 6-12 months with a leather conditioner, such as Fiebing's Aussie Leather Conditioner to keep your piece well hydrated.

Storing leather properly when it is not being used (but you should use your Glad & Young bag all the time) is the most important thing you can do to keep it in its best condition. When leather is stored it should not be in extreme hot or cold, or in excessive dryness or humidity. Excess dryness may cause the leather to crack and moisture can cause mildew.  

- Avoid storing leather in tightly closed plastic bags. They are oxygen-proof and gradually a gas can form which discolors the leather. Plastic placed tightly around leather can stick to it and destroy the finish.

- Do your best to avoid contact with water, grease, perfumes and cosmetics. Should it get wet, dab with a soft cloth to absorb the moisture.

- Avoid contact with delicate or light colored garments as some leather, suede in particular, may transfer colors.


vegetable tanned leather

This is the most traditional way of tanning hides. Using skilled artisans, the tanning process is done by hand. It can take up to 60 days to produce a piece of veg tanned dyed leather. Vegetable tanning uses natural ingredients, such as the bark of chestnut trees, to tan the leather. As the vegetable tanning process is time consuming, leather produced this way is costly to make and production is often limited to small batches.

When exposed to sunlight and water, and with time and daily use, vegetable tanned leather grows darker. This patina effect is natural and is what gives this type of naked leather its unique quality and character. Like your skin, the leather will ‘tan’ and soften over time. It is also susceptible to marks and oil from your hands. All of this is part of what makes owning a vegetable tanned leather product so unique to the person who owns it and is what gives this type of leather its unique quality and character. (This is why vegetable tanned leather is our favorite!) For further advice and surface treatment options, consult a leather goods repair shop.


chrome tanned leather

This is the most common tanning method for leather. More exotic colors are possible when using chrome tanning. The chrome tanning method usually only takes a day to finish, and the ease and agility of this method is what makes it such a popular choice. It uses a solution of chemicals, acids, and salts to soften and prepare the hide for artificial dyes. Chrome tanned leather is softer and more supple than vegetable tanned leather.

All of our products made with Motorcycle Side or colored leathers are chrome tanned.

Latigo Leather

It is characterized as a cowhide leather that is combination tanned. First chrome tanned, then vegetable tanned.  Latigo is usually infused with oils and waxes which makes the leather moderately flexible and less rigid than full vegetable tan leathers. It wears in well with age just as vegetable tanned leather will.