At Honey & Toast we source the best materials we can to make our products and offer you super value. Leather is a natural material and will soften and change over time - this is part of the natural ageing process and should be cherished for the stories it tells.
At Honey & Toast we use different types of leather, all of our articles are tested - and have been certified safe and fit for purpose.
Sourced from a family owned tannery in Tuscany, Italy. The article we buy is vegetable tanned using a generations old 'recipe' that is a closely guarded family secret. Marks and scratches are usually very easy to remove with a buff of cloth or rubbing with your hand. This is a very natural leather which will age so beautifully! The half moon bag in conker, tan and raspberry pink are made from this leather. Also the Liberty and Bella purses. The nude colour leather handle straps on the Annie saddlebags is also a veg tanned leather with a very natural unfinished surface, this leather changes with time to develop a stunning rich toffee colour patina. Please note you may experience slight colour rub with dark colours on light clothing with this article.
Soft, yet durable and strong – and importantly lightweight – this article is tanned in Yeovil, Somerset. The softly tumbled grainy leather makes the Anna bucket bag, Katie camera bags and Libby hobo. It takes colour so well - you can see from the richness in the tones.
The more structured Eddie, Annie and Etter saddlebags are made from a leather sourced from the Netherlands. This is 2mm-2.4mm thick and very structured, so ideal for unlined bags. It is a traditional satchel leather article. It's very hardwearing, is resistant to scratches and can be cleaned very easily, it will soften with age but keep it's structure well. Bags made from this leather are unlined. This leather is also used to make the handle on many of the bags in the H&T range as it's so strong.
A small scale pebble grain made in a tannery in Yeovil, Somerset, with the most subtle sheen - this leather has a luxurious look and handle. Ideal for our Russet tote as the grain makes this leather more hardwearing.
Our smooth Russet totes are made from Cary - luxuriously smooth surface lends itself to the Russets unstructured styling. Cary is made at a tannery in Yeovil, Somerset.
Printed leathers, as seen on the children's purses, ideally need to be kept as dry as possible and kept out of bright sunlight for prolonged periods as this can cause fading. The print is applied digitally onto white leather skins in Nottingham.
HAIR ON LEATHER - LEOPARDThe leopard printed 'hair on' leather is the most fragile in our collection - it can shed in stress points - such as corners and high rub areas. This means it is more suited to less frequent - not everyday.
Metallic leathers are more delicate - and the shine may dull with age and handling. Please store your bag carefully to keep it as it's best using guidelines below.
HANDBAG CARE & STORAGE
To keep your bag looking its best, please store in the dustbag it comes with and keep away from direct sunlight and other bright light.
If your bag gets wet - pat gently with a soft white cloth and air dry at room temperature before storing. The inside of the bags will stain from leaky pens, make up and so on – so please take care. Please be aware you may experience colour rub from dark colour leathers onto light clothing.
We recommend the Collonil leather care range. Please read more at www.collonil.com or contact us directly for more advice.
With regard to the more fragile hair on leather bag and metallic leathers - please spray the surface of the bag lightly and from recommended distance with a silicone leather or suede spray.
Many of our handbags are unlined. You may see markings on the reverse side of the solid colour leather - these are often symbols that confirm the quality and size of the leather used to make your bag. If your bag is lined it is a cotton canvas sourced within the UK.
The metal fittings on all Honey & Toast products are made from coated and uncoated brass, they will develop a unique patina over time, as you use and handle them. The brass fittings may have small irregular marks and are unlikely to be a totally flat, uniform colour. We consider this to be a positive, as brass is a natural material and, as with the leather we use, the metal fittings will change over time making your bag unique to you. The air and chemicals in your skin will all have an impact on the finish.