Accessories Cufflinks

The Pleasure of Cufflinks

I just received my first bespoke shirt from Charvet in Paris. It is close to being the most perfect shirt I have ever worn (a fitting with Chris Despos this morning revealed a few tweaks that we’ll make when I return to Paris in September). Since I hope to keep these shirts for as long as possible given how expensive they are, I chose to have my first Charvet shirt made in a French blue with French cuffs. I figured that I could get an incredible amount of use out of such a classic shirt.

One of my favorite things about this shirt is that it allows me to wear some of my cufflinks. The Golden Acorn Cufflinks that my wife gave me last year, and that we now offer on our website through bespoke commission, go particularly well with this shirt.

As my cufflink collection has now grown past just a few pairs, I recently purchased for myself one of our Daines & Hathaway Leather Cufflink Valets that accommodates up to eight pairs of cufflinks. A leather cufflink box is a great way to keep cufflinks organized and safe from scratching.


How to Clean Leather Purses

The demands of a woman’s purse arguably could exceed that of men’s shoes. The day-to-day demands placed on a purse are high. They travel with women everywhere and often become soiled and stained. The below Chanel purse from my wife somehow became stained with what looks like some makeup. Cleaning a purse is much like cleaning a pair of shoes. You need to (1) clean the leather to remove any dirt or stains and (2) condition to keep the leather soft and supple.

The Saphir Shoe Polish is great for cleaning purses. In face, Saphir actually supplies many of their products directly to the workshops of Hermes in Paris and around the world for use in finishing and reconditioning of purses sent in for repair. Below is a simple THREE step process for cleaning more difficult stains from a purse. In the below picture, you can see what looks like some kind of makeup stain on the handle of my wife’s Chanel purse.

Step 1: Clean difficult-to-remove spots with the Saphir Reno’Mat Cleaner. This cleaner is very powerful and is appropriate only for spot-use on purses. It will remove anything that is not original to the leather and is excellent for difficult stains. Apply the Reno’Mat using a cotton chamois. Rub it into the leather until the stain has disappeared from the leather.

Step 2: Condition the leather using either the Saphir Renovateur or Saphir Leather Lotion. These two products are phenomenal leather cleaners and conditioners. Most importantly, they are like “liquid gold” for leather and provide deep nourishment to the leather that keep it soft and supple.


Step 3: After you are done applying the Saphir Renovateur, allow it a few minutes to dry and then buff it off using a horsehair brush or a soft cotton cloth. The buffing should produce a soft shine.

And there you go! Not only have you cleaned your purse, but renewed the leather. If you have any additional questions about this process, please email or call Customer Service and we’ll be happy to help.

Notes: Only use the Reno’Mat to remove difficult stains. If you are looking for general cleaning, use the Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap.


How to Clean a Leather Wallet

My wife recently asked me if I could clean one of her Versace Leather Wallets which had become dirty from some use. The Saphir Leather Lotion Medaille d’Or is a great general-purpose leather cleaner and conditioner and is appropriate for all leather goods. Basically a diluted-down version of the very-popular Saphir Renovateur, the Leather Lotion can be used to perform a gentle cleaning and thorough conditioning of any leather accessory. The solvents in the Renovateur will gently clean the leather while the nutrients will keep it soft and supple.

In the below image, you can see water stains on the back of the wallet.


Step 1: Using a chamois to cotton t-shirt, massage the Saphir Leather Lotion into the wallet using small circular motions.

Step 2: Allow the Saphir Leather Lotion to dry.

Step 3: Buff off the Saphir Leather Lotion using either a horsehair brush or dauber or a soft cotton cloth.

After only about five minutes, the wallet is fully-restored back to it’s original codition. See the below picture taken afterwards.

Notes: If the wallet is particularly soiled or has any stains, use the Saphir Reno’Mat first to remove these stains. If after using the Saphir Leather Lotion there is still some discoloration, use a Saphir Cream Polish in a matching color to restore the finish. If you cannot find a similar color in the Saphir Medaille d’Or collection, look in the Saphir Beauty Cuir, which has a much wider array of colors.