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leather care & product guide

ABOUT THE LEATHER WE USE

what is full grain leather?

Full grain leather is beautiful and of the highest quality you can buy. Unlike other types of leather, the outermost layer hasn't been sanded away or corrected, meaning it's also the strongest leather you can buy. Keeping the leather intact gives each piece a rich depth of color and variations in texture, including fat rolls or stretch marks. These are marks of quality. 

how can I spot a fake?

It can be tricky to pick out real full grain leather from its imitators. Generally variations in texture and a rich depth of color are good indicators of the real thing.

Bug bites, brands, and scarring are also signs real leather but damage the surface of the leather and shouldn’t be included in the final product. We make sure to cut around these kinds of imperfections when make our journals.

how will it age?

All leather products will age with time. This aging effect, called a patina, will darken with everyday use, but should not stretch out. A patina is a symbol of quality leather, as this process cannot be replicated through artificial ways. 

As you use your journal, you'll notice darker areas on the front, where your hands come into more frequent contact, lighter areas on the fold, where the leather bends, and marks and scratches. The way you use your journal will transform it from one of many to one in a million, with a unique character and story of its own.  

how long can leather last?

All of Restwell's products are made with the highest possible quality standards. Every leather item you receive is tanned, oiled, and waterproofed, and with continued proper care will last well over 100 years. We want our journals to last as long as your journey, becoming a treasured heirloom for generations to come.

what will damage leather?

Oils are very important to maintaining healthy leather. Dry air will, in time, cause your leather to dry out. Additionally air drying your leather after it comes into contact with water will expedite that process. It’s suggested that you dab off any excess water before letting the leather air dry.

ABOUT THE LEATHER WE USE

what is full grain leather?

Full grain leather is beautiful and of the highest quality you can buy. Unlike other types of leather, the outermost layer hasn't been sanded away or corrected, meaning it's also the strongest leather you can buy. Keeping the leather intact gives each piece a rich depth of color and variations in texture, including fat rolls or stretch marks. These are marks of quality. 

how can I spot a fake?

It can be tricky to pick out real full grain leather from its imitators. Generally variations in texture and a rich depth of color are good indicators of the real thing.

Bug bites, brands, and scarring are also signs real leather but damage the surface of the leather and shouldn’t be included in the final product. We make sure to cut around these kinds of imperfections when make our journals.

how will it age?

All leather products will age with time. This aging effect, called a patina, will darken with everyday use, but quality leather should not stretch out. A patina is a symbol of quality leather, as this process cannot be replicated artificially. 

As you use your journal, you'll notice darker areas on the front, where your hands come into more frequent contact, lighter areas on the fold, where the leather bends, and marks and scratches. The way you use your journal will transform it from one of many to one in a million, with a unique character and story of its own.  

how long can leather last?

All of Restwell's products are made with the highest possible quality standards. Every leather item you receive is tanned and finished and, with continued care, will last well over 100 years. 

what will damage leather?

Leather is a natural substance and needs to be taken care of to keep it supple, flexible, and in good condition. Here are some common  ways leather can be damaged: 

LIGHT & HEAT
Prolonged sunlight can cause the fibers in leather to dry out, becoming brittle, cracking, or ripping. If this happens, it usually cannot be repaired. Store your leather in a darker environment out of direct sunlight to help prevent premature aging. Do not ever apply a heating source to your leather, such as a blow dryer as this will result in the same process. 

AIR
Oils are very important to maintaining healthy leather. Dry air will, in time, cause your leather to dry out. Additionally air drying your leather after it comes into contact with water will expedite that process. It’s suggested that you dab off any excess water before letting the leather air dry.

WATER
Prolonged damp air or excess amounts of water will cause mold and mildew to grow, rotting the leather from the inside out. 

ABOUT THE LEATHER WE USE

what is full grain leather?

Full grain leather is beautiful and of the highest quality you can buy. Unlike other types of leather, the outermost layer hasn't been sanded away or corrected, meaning it's also the strongest leather you can buy. Keeping the leather intact gives each piece a rich depth of color and variations in texture, including fat rolls or stretch marks. These are marks of quality. 

how can I spot a fake?

It can be tricky to pick out real full grain leather from its imitators. Generally variations in texture and a rich depth of color are good indicators of the real thing.

Bug bites, brands, and scarring are also signs real leather but damage the surface of the leather and shouldn’t be included in the final product. We make sure to cut around these kinds of imperfections when make our journals.

how will it age?

All leather products will age with time. This aging effect, called a patina, will darken with everyday use, but should not stretch out. A patina is a symbol of quality leather, as this process cannot be replicated through artificial ways. 

As you use your journal, you'll notice darker areas on the front, where your hands come into more frequent contact, lighter areas on the fold, where the leather bends, and marks and scratches. The way you use your journal will transform it from one of many to one in a million, with a unique character and story of its own.  

how long can leather last?

All of Restwell's products are made with the highest possible quality standards. Every leather item you receive is tanned, oiled, and waterproofed, and with continued proper care will last well over 100 years. We want our journals to last as long as your journey, becoming a treasured heirloom for generations to come.

what will damage leather?

Leather is a natural substance, and much like our own skin, needs to be taken care of to keep it supple, flexible, and in good condition. Here are some common  ways leather can be damaged: 

LIGHT & HEAT
Prolonged sunlight can cause the fibers in leather to dry out, becoming brittle, cracking, or ripping. If this happens, it usually cannot be repaired. Store your leather in a darker environment out of direct sunlight to help prevent premature aging. Do not ever apply a heating source to your leather, such as a blow dryer as this will result in the same process. 

AIR
Oils are very important to maintaining healthy leather. Dry air will, in time, cause your leather to dry out. Additionally air drying your leather after it comes into contact with water will expedite that process. It’s suggested that you dab off any excess water before letting the leather air dry.

WATER
Prolonged damp air or excess amounts of water will cause mold and mildew to grow, rotting the leather from the inside out. 

ABOUT THE LEATHER WE USE

what is full grain leather?

Full grain leather is beautiful and of the highest quality you can buy. Unlike other types of leather, the outermost layer hasn't been sanded away or corrected, meaning it's also the strongest leather you can buy. Keeping the leather intact gives each piece a rich depth of color and variations in texture, including fat rolls or stretch marks. These are marks of quality. 

how can I spot a fake?

It can be tricky to pick out real full grain leather from its imitators. Generally variations in texture and a rich depth of color are good indicators of the real thing.

Bug bites, brands, and scarring are also signs real leather but damage the surface of the leather and shouldn’t be included in the final product. We make sure to cut around these kinds of imperfections when make our journals.

how will it age?

All leather products will age with time. This aging effect, called a patina, will darken with everyday use, but should not stretch out. A patina is a symbol of quality leather, as this process cannot be replicated through artificial ways. 

As you use your journal, you'll notice darker areas on the front, where your hands come into more frequent contact, lighter areas on the fold, where the leather bends, and marks and scratches. The way you use your journal will transform it from one of many to one in a million, with a unique character and story of its own.  

how long can leather last?

All of Restwell's products are made with the highest possible quality standards. Every leather item you receive is tanned and finished and, with continued care, will last well over 100 years.

what will damage leather?

Prolonged damp air or excess amounts of water will cause mold and mildew to grow, rotting the leather from the inside out.

While leather can sound high maintenance, caring for your genuine leather is pretty easy. Once every 4-6 months, gently wipe your journal down with a damp (not soaked) cotton cloth. If there's no visible grime, you can skip this step.

Wipe with a dry cotton cloth, then apply a leather balm using a small circular motion.

We have partnered with Smith's Leather Balm to help care for your journal. It's natural, high quality, and a product we use on our own leather products (which is why we can recommend it so highly!)

SHOP SMITH'S LEATHER BALM (NOT ACTIVE LINK)

In between applications, you can regularly clean your leather with a soft brush or cotton cloth.

If your journal comes into contact with water, blot away as soon as possible and never use heat to dry. Never soak your leather in water to clean.

Note that both cleaning and the application of a leather balm with darken the surface of your leather. This is to be expected and a mark of a quality, full-grain leather. 

where should I store my leather?

For everyday use, your leather journal can be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

how do I remove scratches?

Like acquiring its patina, real leather will scratch and with time, soften to help develop the story of your journal. Light scratches add character, but we understand that deeper scratches leave unattractive marks. While not every scratch can be completely erased, there are some measures you can take to minimize the effect.

With a soft cloth, dab some leather conditional oil and gently rub your journal in a small, circling motion. Depending on the depth of the damage, this process should lighten the scratch.

PRODUCT CARE

how should I take care of my leather?

While leather can sound high maintenance, caring for your genuine leather is pretty easy. Once every 4-6 months, gently wipe your journal down with a damp (not soaked) cotton cloth. If there's no visible grime, you can skip this step.

Wipe with a dry cotton cloth, then apply a leather balm using a small circular motion. 

We have partnered with Smith's Leather Balm to help care for your journal. It's natural, high quality, and a product we use on our own leather products (which is why we can recommend it so highly!)

SHOP SMITH'S LEATHER BALM (LINK NOT ACTIVE)

In between applications, you can regularly clean your leather with a soft brush or cotton cloth.

If your journal comes into contact with water, blot away as soon as possible and never use heat to dry. Never soak your leather in water to clean.

Note that both cleaning and the application of a leather balm with darken the surface of your leather. This is to be expected and a mark of a quality, full-grain leather. 

where should I store my leather?

For everyday use, your leather journal can be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

how do I remove scratches?

Like acquiring its patina, real leather will scratch and with time, soften to help develop the story of your journal. Light scratches add character, but we understand that deeper scratches leave unattractive marks. While not every scratch can be completely erased, there are some measures you can take to minimize the effect. 

With a soft cloth, dab some leather conditional oil and gently rub your journal in a small, circling motion. Depending on the depth of the damage, this process should lighten the scratch.

PRODUCT CARE

how should I take care of my leather?

While leather can sound high maintenance, caring for your genuine leather is pretty easy. Once every 4-6 months, gently wipe your journal down with a damp (not soaked) cotton cloth. If there's no visible grime, you can skip this step.

Wipe with a dry cotton cloth, then apply a leather balm using a small circular motion.

We have partnered with Smith's Leather Balm to help care for your journal. It's natural, high quality, and a product we use on our own leather products (which is why we can recommend it so highly!)

SHOP SMITH'S LEATHER BALM (NOT ACTIVE LINK)

In between applications, you can regularly clean your leather with a soft brush or cotton cloth.

If your journal comes into contact with water, blot away as soon as possible and never use heat to dry. Never soak your leather in water to clean.

Note that both cleaning and the application of a leather balm with darken the surface of your leather. This is to be expected and a mark of a quality, full-grain leather. 

where should I store my leather?

For everyday use, your leather journal can be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

how do I remove scratches?

Like acquiring its patina, real leather will scratch and with time, soften to help develop the story of your journal. Light scratches add character, but we understand that deeper scratches leave unattractive marks. While not every scratch can be completely erased, there are some measures you can take to minimize the effect.

With a soft cloth, dab some leather conditional oil and gently rub your journal in a small, circling motion. Depending on the depth of the damage, this process should lighten the scratch.

PRODUCT CARE

how should I take care of my leather?

While leather can sound high maintenance, caring for your genuine leather is pretty easy. Once every 4-6 months, gently wipe your journal down with a damp (not soaked) cotton cloth. If there's no visible grime, you can skip this step.

Wipe with a dry cotton cloth, then apply a leather balm using a small circular motion.

We have partnered with Smith's Leather Balm to help care for your journal. It's natural, high quality, and a product we use on our own leather products (which is why we can recommend it so highly!)

SHOP SMITH'S LEATHER BALM (NOT ACTIVE LINK)

In between applications, you can regularly clean your leather with a soft brush or cotton cloth.

If your journal comes into contact with water, blot away as soon as possible and never use heat to dry. Never soak your leather in water to clean.

Note that both cleaning and the application of a leather balm with darken the surface of your leather. This is to be expected and a mark of a quality, full-grain leather. 

where should I store my leather?

For everyday use, your leather journal can be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

how do I remove scratches?

Like acquiring its patina, real leather will scratch and with time, soften to help develop the story of your journal. Light scratches add character, but we understand that deeper scratches leave unattractive marks. While not every scratch can be completely erased, there are some measures you can take to minimize the effect.

With a soft cloth, dab some leather conditional oil and gently rub your journal in a small, circling motion. Depending on the depth of the damage, this process should lighten the scratch.